Register for the WWF-Australia Future Cities hackathon for the chance to win a top prize of $4,000, access to acceleration programs, mentorship and valuable networks, including with ConsenSys – leading blockchain venture production studio.

Using Blockchain and the IoT to Create Sustainable Smart Cities


What is the Future Cities Project?

The Future Cities Project is a four stage innovation event, inviting passionate individuals and teams with a zest for problem solving, innovation, design, emerging technologies, sustainability and entrepreneurship to collaborate with WWF.

Its purpose is to explore blockchain and IoT solutions to make our cities more sustainable, inclusive and accessible for all. 

At the heart of the Future Cities Project is the hackathon – taking place on 23rd and 24th November. Together, with support from hackathon partners Schneider Electric and ConsenSys, the plan is to collaborate on the design the new products, platforms, services and even new business models using blockchain and the IoT that will enable a sustainable, livable and thriving city in 2040.”

Why is WWF running this event?

Our cities of the future should be epicentres of creativity, innovation and sustainability where people will thrive – but only if we get things right.

On a planet that will soon need to support up to nine billion people, our cities also consume the most resources, produce the most waste, use the most energy. Yet, emerging technologies like blockchain and the Internet of Things, if harnessed correctly, can be used to develop potentially transformative  and scalable solutions to these problems. 

These are all priority issues for WWF Australia and we want to be part of creating the vision of sustainable cities of the future.          

Who won it last year and why?

Last year’s winners were Energy Panda. Energy Panda helps low income and vulnerable households manage their energy bills through innovative and gamified energy efficiency programs.

They impressed the judges by coming up with a solution to the problem which approached the problem from a different angle. Using creativity and economics rather than a standard solution.

What have they achieved in the last 12 months.  

After last year’s event, Energy Panda went on to win entry to the Energy Lab Accelerator program, followed by the Mill House Accelerator program. They also won a NSW Government Minimum Viable Product (MVP) grant.


“The idea for Energy Panda was fostered within the WWF Sustainable Development Goals Designation competition, so thank you so much. All of this came from the WWF win last year!”

Jo Greenlees

Co-founder, Energy Panda

Who should register for the event?

We’re inviting blockchain enthusiasts, designers, innovators, marketers, engineers, coders and sustainability experts. People with a passion for creative problem solving. And folks who are keen to work with WWF and their partners to help realise their vision and bring their solution to life after the Hackathon.

But be quick, registrations close on the 1st November, and places are limited to 100 participants.

What is available to the winning entry and who chooses it?

Lots of great prizes will be up for grabs, including multiple cash prizes with a top prize of $4,000 and acceleration programs.

To ensure winning teams receive the support they need to develop their solutions over the long term, WWF and partners have also created a bespoke package of support, including a 1 week design sprint and production studio, mentorships, 1 – 1 training, access to networks and contacts (including ConsenSys – leading blockchain venture production studio), desk space, access to customers to test and validate and access to APIs, data and libraries. You can read more about the support available here.

The winning teams will be picked by a panel of judges including WWF Australia CEO Dermot O’Gorman, and other executives from leading corporate, innovation, finance and entrepreneurship organizations.

Places are limited to 100 so make sure you register before the 1st November deadline:


Registrations closing