Updated Jun 07, 2018CLOSED

Costal Communities

Offered by MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) as part of SOLVE

How can coastal communities mitigate and adapt to climate change while developing and prospering?The Solve community aims to find innovative solutions to support and enhance coastal communities, while mitigating and adapting to climate change.
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CLOSEDJul 01, 2018Deadline
$10,000 - $135,000Amount

Mandatory Requirements

StageStage 1: Ideation, Stage 2: Research & Development, Stage 3: Proof of Concept, Stage 4: Transition to Scale, Stage 5: Scaling and Stage 6: Sustained Scale
Implemented In:
RegionLow and Middle Income Countries
Focus Areas
Solve welcomes solutions from innovators around the world that:
-Increase the viability and scale of sustainable economic activity from oceans, ranging from fishing to energy production to tourism
-Provide cost-effective infrastructure approaches to improve resilience in the face of increased storm-, sea-, and tidewater
-Rebuild or replicate mangroves, corals, and other ecosystems to restore historic functions, including storm surge absorption, carbon uptake, and stable fisheries
-Enable coastal communities, governments, and corporations to use data to understand and make complex decisions around sustainable and resilient development

Note for ideation stage innovative solutions:We welcome you to submit your solution to participate in the discussion, but please note that solutions that are still only at the concept stage are unlikely to be selected. You have until the submission deadline to prototype and experiment with your idea!

Other Requirements

Potential for ScaleJudges will score applications based on Scalability: The solution can be grown and scaled to affect the lives of more people
OtherJudges will score applications based on:
-Alignment: 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.
-Feasibility: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

Application Directions

Submit your solution through the SOLVE platform here

Application And Awards Process

In the first round, Solve staff will perform an initial screening of all applications for completeness, for coherency, and for whether the solution appropriately addresses the challenge. Then our judges will score the screened applications to determine finalists.

In the second round, each finalist will pitch before the challenge judges and a live audience. The judges will determine which solutions are the most promising.

March 1, 2018 – Challenges open
July 1, 2018 - Deadline to submit a draft solution application
July 20, 2018 - Deadline for editing a solution application
August, 2018 - Finalists announced
September 22-24, 2018 - Finalists pitch in New York during the U.N. General Assembly

Past Funded Innovations Of Costal Communities

SEP 2018
Green Keeper AfricaGreen Keeper Africa
  • $10,000VERIFIED
    1. TYPEGrant
    2. FOCUS AREASBiomass/BioFuel, Biodiversity, Natural Resourcesmore and 4SEE MOREBiomass/BioFuel, Biodiversity, Natural Resources, Response Technologies, Citizen Participation, Energy Policy and Regulations, Climate Change and ResilienceSEE LESS
    4. FUNDINGCostal Communities
    5. ORGANIZATIONMIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) as part of SOLVESOLVE
    SEP 2018
    Seed Film Cultivation (SFC)Seed Film Cultivation (SFC)
  • $10,000VERIFIED
    1. TITLEGreen & Seed
    2. TYPEGrant
    3. FOCUS AREASAgriculture
    4. IMPLEMENTED INChina, Cameroon and India
    5. FUNDINGCostal Communities
    6. ORGANIZATIONMIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) as part of SOLVESOLVE
    SEP 2018
  • $10,000VERIFIED
    1. TYPEGrant
    2. FOCUS AREASAquaculture, Post Harvest, Fisheriesmore and 1SEE MOREAquaculture, Post Harvest, Fisheries, Climate Change and ResilienceSEE LESS
    3. IMPLEMENTED INNigeria
    4. FUNDINGCostal Communities
    5. ORGANIZATIONMIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) as part of SOLVESOLVE
    SEE 2 MORE of 5
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