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$500K in Funding Offered for New Urban Mobility App to Reroute Traffic During Flooding

NORFOLK, Va., March 9, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- RISE Urban Mobility Challenge offers up to $500,000 to create a next generation traffic app that offers drivers real-time flooding and rerouting information. June 1, 2020 is the deadline.

The selected 2020 RISE Challenge award recipient will benefit from partnerships with Esri and WAZE, and the partner cities of Houston, Miami, Norfolk and Virginia Beach, in addition to Sentara and CHKD Hospitals, the Port of Virginia, Old Dominion University, and Virginia Institute of Marine Science.

"These partnerships provide guidance to the teams to help refine their solutions and make them applicable to other coastal communities," said Dr. Katerina Oskarsson, RISE's Chief Strategy Officer.

"Our 2018 Challenges grant recipients' work and successes are so inspiring that we are repeating the process to fund flooding and resilience solutions," said Dr. Paul Robinson, RISE's Executive Director. "Our established resilience hub of innovators in coastal Virginia is looking forward to more entrepreneurs bringing their innovative resilience solutions to test here in our flood prone community that can be scalable for implementation in coastal communities around the world and built into sustainable, profitable businesses."

Esri's Hub and RISE's datasets are available as a resource for Mobility Challenge applicants. In addition to this no-risk funding, RISE provides access to real world infrastructure with pilot sites in coastal Virginia cities. RISE also offers co-working office space, fabrication and testing work space in Norfolk, an insightful entrepreneurial community, and valuable support of experts in regulatory TA and permitting, in addition to applied science and commercialization.

Anyone from anywhere in the world may apply, but the testbed must be in coastal Virginia.  Home to the largest concentration of U.S. defense facilities and the world's largest naval base, and the third largest commercial port on the East Coast, the region is a hub for trade and a security nexus for the world. The region's cities' diverse typologies, climate change challenges and assets make coastal Virginia a perfect resilience innovation testbed for entrepreneurs.

To apply and learn more about the new Challenges and past resilience innovation winners visit

Link to photos. Credit: City of Norfolk

Contacts for information:
Paul Robinson (757) 258-0500
Katerina Oskarsson (757) 258-0500
Jayna Eller (757) 773-1250

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