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You're invited to Sport@COP26 

For decades, the global sports sector has been leveraged as a platform for leisure, a venue for improving public health, an economic accelerator, and a vital forum for social and political change. This vision of sport as more than ‘just’ an outlet for entertainment has been supported by federal and local grant funding, legislation, a robust non-profit sector, a thriving professional sports sector, and hosting plans for the world’s largest spectacles. It's time to harness the power of sport to inspire climate action globally.

On November 8th, 2021, the global sports community will gather at COP21, in person and virtually, to reimagine the role of sport in accelerating climate action.

Event information can be found here.


*virtual participation will be facilitated on the official COP26 app, more details will follow on this website in October 2021.

Global Sport Sustainability Hackathon

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The Hackathon is an opportunity for individuals to submit a Solution (hereinafter defined) to help sports organizations or sport participants to be more environmentally sustainable.


The Hackathon will occur in two rounds: one round at the university level and one round at the national level. The university level competition may be administered by any faculty member (or

staff supervisor of a student club) at an accredited university (per the country’s guidelines for what constitutes a university).

In the final competition, all submission videos and accompanying slide decks will be featured on the Wood House page of the official COP26 app for one week (November 1-8, 2021). Then, a panel of judges will review all submissions and select a list of 5 finalists to show live between 3-4 pm BST on November 8th, after which they will announce the winning entry.


The winning team will earn a cash prize (exact amount TBD) and global exposure for their idea through our media partners.


There is no cost of entry. Each university may send one (1) team of students to participate.

For rules and to submit an entry, see Competition Outline here.

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