You are eligible to enter Negawatt Weekend provided you meet the following requirements:

  1. You are, and each of your team members is, at least 18 years old and the age of majority in your/his/her jurisdiction of residence. If you are considered a minor in your place of residence, then you will require parent or legal guardian permission prior to registering for this contest.

  2. You are, and each of your team members is, a registered attendee of Negawatt Weekend

  3. You must attend Negawatt Weekend in person to be eligible to win.

  4. Neither you nor any of your team members are an employee of The World Bank during Negawatt Weekend; nor an immediate family member (parent, sibling, spouse, child) of or household member to an employee

  5. Neither you nor any of your team members are involved in any part of the creation, promotion, execution or administration of Negawatt Weekend.

  6. If a Participant is an employee of a corporation, government or an academic institution, enrolled as a student or representing his or her employer, government, or academic institution in Negawatt Weekend, it is his or her sole responsibility to review, understand and abide by his or her employer’s, government’s, or academic institution’s policies regarding eligibility to participate in Negawatt Weekend.

  7. If a Participant is found to be in violation of his or her school’s, government’s or employer’s policies, then he or she will be disqualified from participating in Negawatt Weekend and being awarded or retaining any prize. The World Bank disclaims any and all liability or responsibility for disputes arising between a student or employee and his or her school, government or employer related to Negawatt Weekend.

Negawatt Weekend does not discriminate based on race, religion, gender, age, sexuality, gender identification, or physical ability.


Participants will pitch their idea before a judging panel at the end of the Negawatt Weekend. Each team will be given no more than 4 minutes. Judges will select winners based on value creation (25%), relevance to published Negawatt challenges (25%), technical feasibility (20%), financial viability (20%) originality (10%). In the event of a tie, the judges will deliberate a winner. 3-5 top teams will be selected based on this criteria to proceed to the bootcamp phase.