Net Zero Challenge

Using open data to advance climate action

What is this?

The Net Zero Challenge is a global competition to answer the following question:

How can you advance climate action using open data?

Our aim is to identify, promote and support innovative, practical and scalable uses of open data that can:

  • understand climate risks
  • track climate progress
  • enable informed climate action, or
  • evaluate climate impact.

We want to hear from individuals, groups and organizations.

You can apply with a project you are already working on or a concept for something you want to develop in the future.

The first stage of the Net Zero Challenge is a ‘Virtual Pitch Contest’.

The prize for this ‘pitch’ stage of the Net Zero Challenge is $1,000 USD – to support the development of your idea.

How do I apply?

The Net Zero Challenge launches on Friday 29th January 2021.

All applications must be received by Friday 12th March 2021 at 6 pm Pacific Standard Time (San Francisco time). Late submissions will not be accepted.

Applications will be reviewed and a shortlist of applicants invited to pitch their idea to a panel of experts at a ‘Virtual Pitch Contest’.

Pitches will take the form of a public 3-minute presentation by video conference, followed by Q&A from our panel of experts. ​ Pitches can be live, or prerecorded. Q&A will be live.

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March 12, 2021
Organizer Open Knowledge Foundation
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Africa, Antarctica Region, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Asia, Australia and New Zealand, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Europe, Fiji, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Kiribati, Mexico, Micronesia (Federated States of), Nauru, Nicaragua, Northern America, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Suriname, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Venezuela
Sectors Sector agnostic
SDG (1)
13. Climate Action