How to change
human behavior?
March 20th & 21st 2021 | PST
48-hour online hackathon to fight climate change.
Join us to build solutions for the planet.
Make The Planet Great Again (MTPGA) has supported and collaborated with more than 40 companies, environmental organizations and initiatives. Together we have identified one common problem central to climate change – human behavior.

Every year our annual hackathon convenes to take on this challenge in a new part of the world. Originally planned in person for Manila, Philippines we have shifted to an online format in collaboration with Benilde Hub of Innovation for Inclusion @ Peter D. Garrucho Jr. Innovations Institute (HiFi).

Over 48 hours, work with fellow students across all disciplines as well as experts, entrepreneurs, activists and enthusiasts on innovative new concepts. Present your solutions to our panel and lay the foundation for your own pro-planet project!

We believe your ideas can change the world, as a participant you will be eligible for ongoing mentorship from Make The Planet Great Again and Benilde HiFi to realize your solution, including introductions to contacts and access to a global community of expert advisers...

MTPGA X NYU 2019 hackathon @ New York University
One central question
How to change human behavior?
No matter how good the product or how innovative the idea – if you fail to influence people to adopt it, the change you seek to make cannot scale effectively. Climate change is fundamentally driven by human behavior, it is only by shifting our behavior that true change can be achieved. This year, we are working together with Benilde Hifi to address this issue.
hours of action
Using different co-creation methods, you will learn to explore problems and solutions from different angles, work together with your team and pitch your results to a panel of experts for feedback.

As a student or young professional, you have the unique opportunity to join a global consortium of pro-planet activists and shape the solutions of tomorrow.
MTPGA Projects
We will not only introduce two projects from our community, but they will also offer their professional insights as you work together on creating new solutions.
20th & 21st March 2021

10am PST
10am PST
Kickoff & Introductions
Peter Schwarzenbauer, the MTPGA team, Benilde HiFi and two of our projects will introduce themselves before explaining the goals and methods of the hackathon.
Pick your team
Together in our ideation bootcamp, we will collect ideas of possible solutions and form teams. Every team will be assigned a dedicated mentor to support and guide them through the hackathon.
Each team will complete different exercises, select concrete goals, identify possible roadblocks and cluster opportunities on specific ideas.
Smaller groups within the teams will gather and ideate as well as plan methods of implementation to then present back to their team.
Wrap up
To get to know everyone and to celebrate the first day, we will have a relaxed and open discussion together sharing our learnings as well as any issues or thoughts.
10am PST
10am PST
Kickoff & Inspiration
The MTPGA team will summarize the first day, a second community project will introduce themselves, and we will hear from fellows of the Benilde HiFi Future Shapers Program.
Putting together the insights from day one, the teams will create a roadmap and outline how to execute their solution.
The teams will prepare their prototype and presentation to visualize their solution.
Teams will present their solutions to a diverse panel of experts for feedback. Solutions and achievements will be recognized and celebrated for their ingenuity.
Together we will wrap up with a reflection session and plot the next steps for the realization of the solutions. A certificate of attendance will be awarded to all participants.
What are you waiting for?

We welcome participants of all skill sets, from students to young professionals. Whether you are a designer, artist, entrepreneur or engineer, anyone interested in creating is invited!

Mentors and experts will be online with you to help answer questions, lead the workshops, and guide you on your hack.

The hackathon is entirely free!
Registrations are open and limited to 30 participants.
The Panel of Experts
To be announced on a rolling basis.
A diverse range of social entrepreneurs and experts across the industry will assess your solution and offer invaluable feedback.
Lorenzo Antonio "LA" Aguilar
OIC Director & Head of Community Management Unit at Benilde Hub of Innovation For Inclusion (HiFi)
LA is a human-centered innovator who has mentored countless young adults to enhance their professional and personal competencies. He has also worked with non-government organizations like Teach for the Philippines and Make-A-Wish Foundation Philippines.
Peter Schwarzenbauer
Member of the Board at BMW Group

Peter is a global leader who has driven innovation across multiple industries, mentored social entrepreneurs and co-founded Make The Planet Great Again. He is also a member of the executive board of BMW Group.
Jay Michael Jaboneta
Jay is also the Co-Founder of the Yellow Boat of Hope Foundation and Chief Panda of I Am VR Panda, and several other technology startups. He sits on the boards of various organizations in the Philippines, and consults on Disruptive Technologies, Resource Mobilization, and Social Innovation.
Kakuei "Nollie" Araral
Communications & Advocacy Officer at Benlide Hub of Innovation for Inclusion (HiFi)
Nollie is interested in the intersection of data, marketing and technology and how they influence human behavior and relationships. A lifelong student of learning, he has worn many hats as a brand designer, digital marketer, and change advocate
Interested in joining our panel or nominating an individual? Reach out!
Interested in joining our panel or nominating an individual? Reach out!
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2019 Results
Solutions Gallery
Check out last year's solutions for human behavior change in collaboration with New York University. All five proposals were eligible for ongoing mentorship from Make The Planet Great Again and further support from NYU Tandon Makerspace through the Prototyping Fund and the Green Fund.
Plant-It Market
A re-design of the real-world experience of existing urban farmer's markets to enable consumers to experience, adopt and share plastic-free sustainable solutions.
A mobile app that calculates the emissions impact of a wide range of foods (and menus) then compares them with alternatives of a similar calorific value for which the emissions impact is less.
A production company and online platform focused on creating and distributing content that motivates viewers to change their behaviour to minimise environmental impact.

Check out their teaser here!
A web browser extension that provides shoppers with green solutions (including comparisons or alternatives) within multiple product categories.
New Leaf Fund
A crowdsourcing B-2-B platform to enable small businesses to collectively buy sustainable products — by making these products more accessible and affordable to businesses.
About us.
Make The planet great again is a global community of pro-planet activists dedicated to positive action for our planet.

Our mission is to energize a movement of positivity, unity and inspiration by bringing to light environmental and social projects from all over the world that work every day towards making our home a better place. In doing so, we highlight how each and every one of us, whether it be through big or small acts, has the power to do the same. We inspire a braveness in others launch a project of their own or become a pro-planet activist.

Everyone can make a change and every single one counts.

We can do better, together.
Get Ready!
20th & 21st March 2021
48-hour online hackathon to fight climate change.
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