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We are excited to announce the winners of the inaugural Verizon Climate Resilience Prize!

Verizon Climate Resilience Prize Winners

Hyfi - Leading-Edge Technology Solution Winner

Hyfi’s sensor technology and data platform reduces flood impacts in real time while also tracking data to inform long-term infrastructure decisions. It’s easy to install, affordable and can be used by stormwater managers, first responders and the public, especially those residing in low lying areas hit hardest by extreme weather events.

Forestry and Fire Recruitment Program - Frontline Community-Led Solution Winner

The Forestry & Fire Recruitment Program recruits and employs formerly incarcerated individuals in forestry work that prevents and fights wildfires. In addition to providing re-entry support, the organization delivers fire preparedness services to communities in need.

Coral Vita - Nature-Based Solution Winner

Coral Vita is rehabilitating coral reefs through their unique land-based farm and innovative growing mechanisms. Their solution protects threatened ecosystems by growing climate resilient reefs 50x faster than conventional methods and fosters coastal economies.

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Lead Judging Panel

Subject Matter Experts

We envision a world where innovation helps us prepare for tomorrow’s climate. We are launching the Verizon Climate Resilience Prize to recognize and propel climate resilience solutions that have proven results and are ready to scale for an even greater impact. 

Climate Resilience is the capacity of social, economic, and environmental systems to cope with the hazardous events and trends associated with climate change, according to the IPCC. We are awarding $500,000 cash prizes across three categories:

  • Leading Edge Technology Solutions: Innovations that use technologies including but not limited to 5G, edge computing, real-time IoT, AI, and XR to advance climate resilience.
  • Frontline Community-Led Solutions: Innovations to advance climate resilience created and led by members of communities that are both highly exposed to the negative impacts of the climate crisis and likely to have fewer resources to respond to those risks. Frontline communities may include communities of Black, indigenous, people of color, immigrants, low income and people with disabilities.
  • Nature-Based Solutions: Innovations that leverage nature or natural systems to advance climate resilience.

Application Timeline

November  30

Round 1 - Application

The application has closed as of November 30th.  See Terms & Conditions for official contest rules. For Verizon's privacy policy, click here.

Solutions must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • At least 2 full time employees or full time resources
  • Have demonstrated results in a real world application
  • Registered in the United States - the prize is open to all US companies, non-profits and their affiliates.

*Government entities are not eligible to apply.

December 20 Notifications to Finalists and request for references.  Entrants selected to advance to Round 2, the Interview Process, will be notified by email on or about December 20, 2021. The Entrant must respond to the notification with fourteen (14) days or the submission may be excluded from winning a prize or proceeding to the next round.
January 10-20, 2022

Round 2 - Interviews and reference checks

During Round 2, finalists will be interviewed about their Climate Resilience Solution.

From the Round 2 Interview, judges will select the winners, who will be awarded from a pool of $500,000.

January 24

Notifications to 3 winners

Winners will be notified on or about January 24, 2022.

Week of February 15 Public Announcement of winners at GreenBiz 22!