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.

Solution Builders

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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.

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Natrx

The company will develop and launch its mobile manufacturing units, which can be used to produce custom shoreline protection structures to prevent flooding.

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Re:Public

The company will launch its map-based risk communication platform to help non-mapping professionals to track real-time flooding risk.

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StormSensor

The company will create features for its stormwater monitoring software and hardware products. It provides communities with real-time tidal and storm analysis.

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Virginia PACE Authority

The organization, which provides financing solutions for flood mitigation and resilience improvements, will expand its outreach and create an open-market platform.

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WeatherCheck

The company will expand its product to include pluvial and fluvial flood threats, which now continuously monitors properties for severe weather damage and loss.

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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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InfraSGA

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

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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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Wetlands Watch

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.