Stage 1

The deadline for Stage 1 applications was March 14, 2014. Applications were evaluated by NYCEDC staff and partners familiar with competition rules and objectives and the resiliency challenges facing New York City. Successful applicants were invited to move on to Stage 2.

Stage 2

In Stage 2, applicants were asked to provide detailed information on their project’s technical feasibility, costs, team composition and project site(s). The deadline for Stage 2 applications was August 1st, 2014. Stage 2 applications were evaluated by NYCEDC staff and partners with support from a team of expert industry Advisors experts that are leaders in multiple areas including infrastructure, building design and technology innovation, investment and finance, and the needs and concerns of small businesses and communities in areas impacted by Superstorm Sandy.

Stage 2 included a public Technology Demo Night that gave applicants the opportunity to discuss their proposed projects with industry leaders, community stakeholders, and the general public.

Evaluation Criteria

At each stage of the competition, applications were evaluated against three main criteria: (1) application completeness, (2) ability of the project to meet competition goals, and (3) project feasibility. In assessing each application’s ability to meet competition goals, evaluators considered the project’s effectiveness in addressing resiliency priorities, its economic impact, and potential for citywide replicability and scalability. Evaluations of project feasibility considered the experience of the project team, cost and speed to implement, the proven success of the proposed technology in other contexts, and the degree of innovation and value proposition represented by the proposed resiliency measure.