Rising to the Challenge

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Rising to the Challenge: NYC Daylighting Inc.

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Solatube Daylighting Systems passively transfer sunlight from the roof to interior spaces. A healthier solution to electric lighting, they systems also allow for accrued savings on electricity and lessens the strain on the power grid. In the event of a blackout, Solatubes would continue to provide lighting during business hours and allow generators to run other essential equipment.

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Rising to the Challenge: New America

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As one of 11 projects selected through NYCEDC’s RISE : NYC program, New America will share up to $30 million with the other project teams to set up WiFi coverage in Sandy-impacted communities across the city. We spoke to the Resilient Communities Program team about their mesh technology and community-centric approach.

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Rising to the Challenge: goTenna

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goTenna was founded by siblings Daniela and Jorge Perdomo in 2012. As one of 11 winning teams in NYCEDC’s RISE : NYC competition, goTenna will share up to $30 million with the other winners to implement its technology at Sandy-impacted small businesses across New York City. We spoke to the team about their plans.

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Rising to the Challenge: CALM Energy

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RISE : NYC winner CALM Energy has developed a product to address the vulnerabilities of New York's power grid. We spoke to the team about its plans to install Energy Watchdog at Sandy-impacted small businesses across New York City.

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Rising to the Challenge: FW Brown and Flood Panel

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F. William Brown LLC offers a full range of flood protection services to protect small businesses from the threat of flooding and costly flood damage in the face of a storm. Their winning RISE : NYC proposal includes the use of Sandwich Plate System (SPS) Flood Panels as a dry floodproofing measure for New York City small businesses.

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Rising to the Challenge: Home Free

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Power Rockaways Resilience was one of the first organizations on the ground in the Rockaways after Hurricane Sandy. As one of eleven winning teams in our RISE : NYC competition, they will share up to $30 million with the other winners to implement their Home Free Space Solution at Sandy-impacted small businesses across the peninsula.

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Rising to the Challenge: Floodproofing NYC with OptiRTC

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The team behind Opti saw an opportunity to combine three different technologies—cloud-based sensors, physical floodproofing, and alert systems—to help protect buildings in New York from future floods. This week, we share their story in our Rising to the Challenge series.

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Rising to the Challenge: Red Hook Initiative

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Red Hook WIFI began as a small pilot project in early 2012 for Red Hook, a neighborhood in Brooklyn where broadband adoption rates are lower than the city average. Encouraged by the pilot’s success, the Red Hook WIFI program has since expanded to include 15 hotspots throughout the neighborhood. It now serves hundreds of Red Hook residents, businesses, and visitors—and is also one of our 11 RISE : NYC winners.

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Rising to the Challenge: Bright Power's Resilient Power Hub

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Bright Power is one of the 11 winning teams in our RISE : NYC competition. They kick off our blog series, Rising to the Challenge, which shares the stories behind the 11 innovative technologies that are making New York City a more resilient place.

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Building A More Resilient NYC

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Selected from more than 200 applications, the 11 winning RISE : NYC teams stand out for their innovative technologies. Together, they will share $30 million to implement their technologies at small businesses across the city.