Climate Data Hackathon

Climate Data Hackathon: Disruptions to Global Coffee Supply

Join us at The Collider’s first Climate Data Hackathon. We’ve partnered with Counter Culture Coffee to identify climate-related challenges facing the coffee industry.

Coffee is a particularly climate-sensitive crop, so even small changes in temperature and precipitation can dramatically impact quality, yield, and price. And it’s not just your cup of coffee at stake, but also the livelihoods of coffee farmers around the world.

Hackathon Goal:

Mine NOAA and NASA weather and climate data and Population Explorer demographic data to help coffee companies and producers better understand their climate risks. Help build data-driven solutions for climate adaptation and resilience.

Winners will have the opportunity to present at our conference on climate risks and opportunities for the food and beverage industry, [Food + Beverage] Collider.

Coffee Industry Climate Challenges:

Hackathon partner Counter Culture Coffee has identified three climate-related challenges their coffee farmers and producers are currently facing that hackathon attendees can work on:

  • Shade and coffee quality
  • Forecasting conditions for growers
  • Crop alternatives



  • DateOctober 21, 2018
  • Time: 9am – 4:30pm
  • Location: Asheville, North Carolina
  • Cost: $12
  • Who Should Attend: Data enthusiasts of all skill levels

Play with Data

Did you know Asheville is home to the world’s largest collection of climate data? NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information houses over 37 petabytes of environmental data and is headquartered right here. At the Climate Data Hackathon, you will have the opportunity to familiarize yourself with a host of publicly available datasets with the help of expert data navigators. Coffee industry experts will also be on hand.

The most useful datasets for the coffee industry climate challenges will be collected in advance of the Hackathon. More details to come.


Meeting people is at least half the fun. Talk data and design with peers, and meet leaders and innovators in climate data, tech, and science.

Drink Coffee

Do you love coffee? Coffee is in trouble. This hackathon offers you a real opportunity to use your technical know-how to impact something delicious and significant.

Do Your Homework (Optional)

If you’d like to learn more about how climate change is impacting the coffee industry, consider the following articles:



Logistics Contact: Tatiana Rivest

Media Contact: Leah Quintal

Sponsorship and General Inquiries Contact: Megan Robinson

Photos courtesy of Jesse Roberts

About Counter Culture Coffee

For two decades, Counter Culture has been a pioneer of coffee quality and sustainability. Their coffee department continues to cultivate relationships with growers and organizations around the world in order to build trust, improve quality, and foster transparency. Counter Culture is dedicated to measurable social, fiscal, and environmental sustainability, not only in their own operations, but throughout the coffee supply chain. Learn more about Counter Culture’s sustainability work.

About The Collider

The Collider is a nonprofit innovation center for climate companies creating data-driven solutions that enable humanity to adapt and thrive in a changing climate. We train climate entrepreneurs who are building startups that use weather and climate data. We foster breakthrough climate products and services and accelerate their market adoption. We cultivate and inspire the next generation of scientific, technological, and entrepreneurial talent.