Past Challenges

The Challenges sought innovative products, approaches, and workforce development programs from anywhere in the world that address resilience topics below and can be demonstrated in the Hampton Roads region of Southeastern Virginia, can be built into economically viable businesses, and are scalable to other communities.

Water
Management

Cost-effective management of ground- storm- and/or tidal water, either as affordable short-term mitigations or low-maintenance long-term options in urban environments with high water tables.

Data
Analytics

Big data analytics, integration, and accessibility for multiple applications to help coastal community stakeholders maintain public safety, meet logistics needs, protect property, as well as enhance quality of life among other applications.

Buildings
Protection

Structural or non-structural alternatives beyond traditional approaches such as costly house elevation that individual homeowners could buy that protects buildings for 15 – 30 years in the flood environment, or that are cost effective protections against the higher frequency, lower magnitude recurrent flooding.

Critical Systems
Functionality

Portable systems deployable within 2 hours and able to provide 72 hours of continuous functionality to critical services.

Disconnected
Neighborhoods

Enhance the economic prosperity of low/moderate income urban neighborhoods which have been disconnected physically, economically and digitally from the rest of a thriving city.

Resilience
Workforce

Innovative workforce development solutions that offer pathways to train, retrain, upskill, or reskill workers, as well as connect them to the demands of employers around any of the five resilience topics described above.

Winners

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Building Resilient Solutions

Reducing flood-damage through alternative retrofit methods for existing buildings.

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Constructis

Harnessing kinetic energy from traffic to power emergency services.

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Grow Oyster Reefs

Reducing shoreline erosion and flooding with innovative reef tiles that attract oysters faster than competitor solutions.

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InfraSGA

Reducing nuisance flooding in constrained urban environment without massive infrastructure overhauls.

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Landscape Resilience Partnership

Training resilience workforce to design, install and maintain flood-reducing solutions.

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Resilience Enterprise Solutions

Raising the bar for workforce training in the home raising industry.

Judges

Hanni Ali

Vice President Risk & Analytics, Hamilton RE

Gerard Alleng

Climate Change Senior Specialist, Inter-American Development Bank

Hari Balasubramanian

Managing Partner,
Ecoadvisors

Amir Banifatemi

AI Lead and General Manager, XPRIZE

Stephen Bittel

Chairman, Terranova
Corp.

Marci Bortman

Director of Conservation Programs, The Nature Conservancy

Jim Franklin

Principal, Prodigy

Nancy Grden

Executive Director, Strome Entrepreneurial Center, Old Cominion University

Dr. Katerina Oskarsson

Chief Strategy Officer,
RISE

David Perkins

Director, Innovation Center, Old Dominion University

Dr. Paul Robinson

Executive Director,
RISE

Katy Schuck

Entrepreneur

Dr. Marcus Winter

Head of Reinsurance Development, Munich RE