Smogathon is an initiative which main goal is to fight the air pollution with technology. Our idea is to get projects from all over the world to compete for USD 100,000 prize in order to find the best solutions to solve a problem of smog. Over 92 % of world’s population inhales unhealthy air and over 7 million people worldwide die prematurely every year because of smog.


Our story started in fall of 2015, when our city. Krakow, was covered in heavy Smog. Smogathon took the form of a multidisciplinary 24-hour hackathon. During the hackathon diverse teams of scientists, developers, designers, entrepreneurs, sociologists, marketers and other experts worked to develop specific, practical and implementable solutions to fight air pollution. Ideas developed by the teams were judged by jury and presented to the authorities of the city. 250 participants and mentors created 13 teams, 44 ideas were submitted, 11 projects were proposed, 8 finalists were nominated and 5 of them took awards home.

Developing the initiative in 2016 we organized Smogathon in the form of a bootcamp for teams from all over the world. Over the course of 24 hours selected projects were assessed and graded by extremely curious, critical and questioning-everything mentors. Top 10 projects proceed to the finals were they competed for USD25,000 prize. 60 teams from 10 countries and 3 continents applied to take part in the bootcamp.


In 2017 once again we decided to take things to the next level by organizing the third edition of Smogathon in the form of international contest with semifinals in 5 locations around the world - Warsaw (Poland), London (UK), San Francisco/Boston (USA), Bangalore (India) and Beijing (China) - and final in Krakow (Poland). Our aim is to provide great companies with means to implement their ideas,so they could bring a real change to the daily life of people.