Contest Ideation Session: Resilience to Natural Disasters

Thursday, June 18, 2020 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm

This is an online interactive session


The U.S. Department of Energy, National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Homeland Security are collaborating to create a Civic Innovation Challenge. Stage 1 entry must be submitted by July 1, 2020. Winners will have budgets of up to $50,000 to test out their proposal. 

This New Haven online ideation session is focused on the track -- Resilience to Natural Disasters: Equipping Communities for Greater Preparedness and Resilience to Natural Disasters.


This event is in partnership with New Haven City Planning Department.


Ideation Session Agenda (this session is entirely an online session)

4:05 - 4:15 - Primer on Contest

4:15 - 4:30 - Individual Ideation Brainstorm Submission

4:25 - 4:40 - Speaker on Civic Disaster Response

4:40 - 4:50 - Presentation of Brainstorm Submissions (organized in groupings)

4:50 - 5:15  - Online Breakout Rooms by Groupings  / Group Conversation / Identify Key Ideas (and Idea leads for each)

5:15 - 5:40 - Teams Breakout, Select Scribe and Complete Ideation Worksheet.

5:40 - 5:55 - Groups share back findings to larger group

5:50 - 6:00 - Closing remarks and instructions on submission logistics

-- Formal event ends --- Optional Unstructured Socializing Continues.


Goals/Criteria for winning submissions:

  • Community identified civic priorities that are ripe for innovation and community informed and Use-inspired solutions
  • Partnership with researchers and civic partners:
  • Focuses on piloting in a short timescale, where real-world impact can be evaluated within 12 months
  • Scalability and transferability of the proposed solutions



In the second stage (Stage 2), up to four teams per track will be selected from Stage 1 award recipients to receive a full award — each with a budget of up to $1,000,000 for up to 12 months to execute and evaluate their research-centered pilot projects.


Contest Summary Video

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