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.
On April 25th, Google, NYCEDC, and UbiTech.co joined forces to host the first-ever “moonshot” design sprint in New York City. The event, held at Google’s Chelsea Market location, sought to harness the global scale, creativity, and technological implications of moonshots in order to tackle New York City’s greatest challenges.
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.
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.
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.
The Gowanus Canal and Newtown Creek Storm Surge Barrier Study is a proactive step in answering questions about how storm surge barriers along inland waterways could function in a dense, urban environment. The feasibility studies will explore how barriers and their associated infrastructure could prevent catastrophic flooding in the neighborhoods adjacent to these bodies of water while also providing enhanced waterfront access, water quality improvements, stormwater management, and opportunities for economic development.
RISE : NYC is an NYCEDC competition that seeks out the world's most promising resiliency technologies and brings them to New York City. At this week’s Technology Demo Night, set against the stunning backdrop of the New York Academy of Sciences, the finalists demonstrated exactly how they would protect communities and small businesses from future storms.
We recently announced a group of 37 finalists for the RISE : NYC program who have been invited to participate in the competition's final stage. One finalist based right here in NYC is NYC Daylighting, which brings daylight into dark building interiors in the event of a power outage during a storm.