Your Planet Needs You

You can solve the climate crisis. Together with one million people from all over the world you will create solutions, nobody thought of before. Less about restrictions, more about innovation. The world’s biggest hack: 42 locations, 42 rounds, 42 topics.  The result?  420 fully funded, open-source startups that solve climate crisis.

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ONE MILLION PEOPLE
CAN SOLVE ANY PROBLEM, EVEN CLIMATE CHANGE.
WORLD'S
BIGGEST HACK
FOR CLIMATE
WHY JOIN 42HACKS?
Different motivations, superpowers and believes. But one single goal: unleash untapped human potential to solve the climate crisis. Get to know some of the co-founders of 42hacks.
 
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HAVE YOU ASKED YOURSELF
WHY SO FEW PEOPLE ARE ACTIVELY SOLVING 
THE CLIMATE CRISIS?
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Not Concerned 
42hacks hopes that the solutaiotns we will be building together might inspire them but  we are  not actively helping them change their minds. 
2/3
Concerned 
If you are concerned but just don't know how to contribute to solving the crisis then we are here to support you  to create solutions. 
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Working on Solutions
Our ambition is  to increase 10x the amount of people actively working on solutions.
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Together we will

MASSIVELY INCREASE THE AMOUNT OF PEOPLE WORKING ON CLIMATE SOLUTIONS
 
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How

MAKE IT HIP TO SOLVE THE WORLD'S BIGGEST PROBLEMS.
NO MORE EXCUSES.

Why don't more people work in solving the climate crisis? Not knowing how to contribute. Not wanting to risk job, salary or career opportunities. Not having the time beside job, family and other activities. With 42hacks, we create a fun and risk free trial week. And 420 teams will be funded on the spot for 5+ years

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What do we do?

WE BELIEVE THERE IS UNTAPPED HUMAN POTENTIAL WITHIN US AND AROUND US.
ONCE WE ACTIVATE IT AND COMBINE IT IN NEW WAYS, WE CAN SOLVE THE MOST URGENT PROBLEM WE FACE AS HUMANITY: THE CLIMATE CRISIS.
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TURN
FRUSTRATION 
INTO
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What

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Attract

  • We create dreams and nightmares to attract people to our vision of actually solving the climate crisis.

  • We organize company pledges so that people get a paid leave and a budget to invest in one of the resulting start-ups. 

  • We make it fun and an exceptional experience to create innovative solutions people like to use.

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Activate

  • We organize mass hackathons simultaneously around the world and connect with innovative formats.

  • We inspire, educate and learn from each other and leading experts. We integrate role models and positive peer activities.

  • We create first prototypes through massive open collaboration and cutting edge technology.

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Launch

  • On the spot, we jointly finance 10 start-up teams per round - with the investment budget everyone brings in from the company pledge.

  • We create an instant community of ambassadors, early adopters, supporters and promoters as launching pad for every start-up.

  • Those start-ups are open source, so that everyone and every company can contribute and profit.

MASS-HACKATHONS FOR YOU AND ME.
ON THE SPOT FUNDED, OPEN-SOURCE START-UPS.

It just was not done before. One million people – like you and me – spending one week in a worldwide hackathon. A hackathon is a proven methodology to create working solutions. It’s fun, it’s collective, it’s creating new solutions. 42 times, each time at 42 locations worldwide, 24’000 people gather simultaneously for one week. Massively using our diverse brains and skills instills the creativity of humanity. At the end of each hackathon round, 10 teams are fully funded for 5+ years to start to create - supported by an initial community of 24'000 ambassadors. 

IT ALL STARTS WITH 420
CO-FOUNDERS OF 42HACKS.

As a co-founder, you are as intrigued by the idea of 42hacks as we all are. You invite five other co-founders. You co-shape the initial setting (the "Why", "How", and "What") in a four times two hours compact hackathon. You provide time and money as you see fit. You win five companies to make the pledge.

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You are invited

JOIN 42 HACKS NOW AND BECOME
ONE OF THE CO-FOUNDERS,

You were invited by someone who was also invited. We trust this chain of personal vouching. Get your seat - as long as there are some seats left. Invite five other people, you think could contribute meaningfully as co-founders.

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What do co-founders do?

YOU INVEST SOME OF YOUR BRAIN, NETWORK, AND MONEY
IN STARTING
THIS MOVEMENT.
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YOU TAKE PART IN A FOUR TIMES TWO HOURS COMPACT CO-FOUNDING HACKATHON 

Everything you've read on this website is the result of hundreds of discussions - but it's still a work in progress. We want our 420 co-founders to help shape what 42hacks is ultimately about.

Shape our Why

We jointly co-create our mission statement. How do we explain our neighbors what 42hacks is and what we  boldly aim to achieve. 

Refine our How

We jointly co-create the organizational design of the 42hacks community and of the initial round of hackathons around the world. 

Produce our What 

We jointly co-create and record dreams and nightmares for the initial round of hackathons. Is it about energy, soil depletion, plastics in the oceans, inclusion ... - and what is it concretely we dream of?

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THERE IS
NO PROBLEM,
ONE MILLION PEOPLE
CANNOT SOLVE.
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WORLD'S
BIGGEST HACK
FOR CLIMATE
 

SOME INITIAL DOCUMENTS

See what we have shared at the start of 42hacks. It explains some of the basic ideas and origins.

42hacks - introduction April 21.pdf (including the science behind)
A short conversation with a potential collaborator

Short videos of Marc and Hermann, we recorded for an entrepreneurship conference

 
 
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Count me in

I want to be a co-founder and shape the initial setting of 42hacks. I commit brain, network and resources.

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Gender
Age
Major Background

Thank you for your interest!

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