Implementing Solutions

Coastal Communities

How can coastal communities mitigate and adapt to climate change while developing and prospering?

Submissions are Closed


Dara Akala

Executive Director, Foundation for Partnership Initiatives in the Niger Delta (PIND)

Pina Albo

CEO, Hamilton Insurance Group

Gerard Alleng

Climate Change Senior Specialist, Inter-American Development Bank

United States

Carolina Bastidas

Research Scientist, MIT SeaGrant

Marci Bortman

Director of Conservation Programs, The Nature Conservancy

Kerry Emanuel

Cecil and Ida Green Professor of Atmospheric Science, MIT

Dr Steve Fletcher

Chief Strategy Officer, UN Environment - World Conservation Monitoring Centre

Aimee Gonzales

Executive Director, Partnership in Environmental Management for the Seas of East Asia (PEMSEA)

Jerry Gupta

Senior Vice President, Swiss Re

Nicole Hu

Co-Founder and CTO, OneConcern

S. Atyia Martin

CEO & Founder, All Aces, Inc.

Heidi Nepf

Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, MIT

United States

Cherie Nursalim

Vice Chairman, GITI Group

Paul Robinson

Executive Director, RISE || Judge for The RISE Award for Coastal Community Resilience

Jacqueline Uku

President, Western Indian Ocean Marine Sciences Association

Fran Ulmer

Chair, U.S. Arctic Research Council

Marcus Winter

Head of Division, Reinsurance Development, Munich Re

Judging Criteria

Solutions will be evaluated based on the following criteria.


The solution addresses the challenge that has been set forth using technology. 

Potential for Impact: 

The planned implementation of the solution has the potential to impact lives. 


The solution can be grown and scaled to affect the lives of more people.


It is feasible to implement the solution, and the team has a plan for the solution to sustain itself financially.

Innovative Approach: 

This is a new technology, a new application of a technology, a new business model, or a new process for solving the challenge

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