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Climate Resiliency Challenge Unveils New Solutions to Address Climate-related Disasters

CSAA Insurance Group, IDEO and Aon Award $1M in Prizes

 

WALNUT CREEK, Calif., Aug. 1, 2023 – CSAA Insurance Group, a AAA insurer, today announced the winners for its global Climate Resiliency Challenge, led in partnership with global design firm IDEO and global professional services firm Aon. The Challenge, which launched May 23 and accepted submissions through July 10, invited innovators around the globe to share their world-changing climate solutions for the chance to win a share of $1M in prize money.

 

The Challenge sought solutions to help frontline communities prevent, prepare for and recover from climate-related disasters, such as wildfires, floods, and extreme weather. Frontline communities are those neighborhoods or populations of people that feel the most immediate and worst impacts from climate change, with fewer resources, capacity or political power to respond to those risks.

 

Through the open call for submissions, inventors, entrepreneurs, and scholars were able to propose bold, innovative solutions to build climate resiliency. More than 400 projects were submitted for consideration, and 13 projects across three categories – Emerging Innovator, Mid-stage Innovator, and Advanced Solutions – were selected and awarded prize money:

 

Emerging Solutions: Early Stage Innovators (up to $50K USD) 

 

Mid-Stage Solutions: Growth Stage Innovators (up to $100K USD)

 

Advanced Solutions: Scaling Stage Innovators (up to $200K USD)

 

The winners will be highlighted in a Winners Celebration webinar – open to the public – on Friday, Aug. 11, noon-1:30 p.m. Pacific.

 

“Our team has a passion for helping those who are at risk of climate-related losses, and we're incredibly inspired to be driving innovation in this space,” said Debbie Brackeen, executive vice president and chief strategy & innovation officer at CSAA Insurance Group. “The response to this initiative was fantastic, and we are grateful and impressed with the strong levels of interest, expertise and enthusiasm that we have seen from those who submitted projects and, of course, from our winners.”

 

Submissions were judged against criteria looking for relevant, novel, impactful, equitable, and community-informed projects. The winning projects were those found with the greatest potential to have the highest impact and help the most people.

 

“IDEO’s platform allows for streamlined collaboration between multiple stakeholders and communities to find these innovative solutions for complex problems,” said Bryan Walker, partner at IDEO. “We’re looking forward to seeing our project winners bring their ideas to scale.”

 

As the Challenge was focused on empowering frontline communities to prevent, prepare for, and recover from climate-related disasters, the judges considered all compelling solutions, particularly those that focused on wildfires, floods, and extreme weather events.

 

“We believe innovation is at the heart of resiliency,” said Liz Henderson, leader of Climate Risk Advisory at Aon. “When we’re designing thoughtfully and purposefully to solve challenges stemming from climate-related disasters, we can better enable communities to protect themselves in the long term.”

 

The Challenge is also supported by contributions from Arch Reinsurance, Incite, RenaissanceRe, Guidewire, the Environmental Defense Fund and Network for Good.

 

About CSAA Insurance Group

CSAA Insurance Group, a AAA Insurer, offers automobile, homeowners and other personal lines of insurance to AAA Members through AAA clubs in 23 states and the District of Columbia. Founded in 1914, the company has been rated “A” or better by AM Best for more than 90 years, and is one of the top personal lines property casualty insurance groups in the United States, according to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. The company has been repeatedly named one of the 50 most community-minded companies in America by Points of Light. More information is available at http://csaa-insurance.aaa.com and on social media (FacebookLinkedInInstagram, Tik Tok and YouTube).

 

About IDEO

IDEO is a global design firm known for its human-centered, interdisciplinary approach. As early leaders in the practice of design thinking, the company creates positive impact through design by applying creative mindsets and skills, and by teaching others to do the same. IDEO helps clients and customers around the world build the capacity and outcomes required to navigate today’s complexity and lead their markets. Learn more about IDEO here.

 

In a world of widely distributed knowledge, making progress on our most pressing problems requires a collective effort. IDEO's open innovation platform allows people from around the world to submit ideas, receive support, and accelerate innovation. IDEO’s open challenges have engaged hundreds of thousands of people in over 200 countries and territories, generating nearly 19,000 ideas for good.

 

About Aon

Aon plc (NYSE: AON) exists to shape decisions for the better – to protect and enrich the lives of people around the world. Our colleagues provide our clients in over 120 countries and sovereignties with advice and solutions that give them the clarity and confidence to make better decisions to protect and grow their business.

 

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