2023 Innovation Showcase

The Innovation Showcase will feature five deployed research projects funded under the Civic Innovation Challenge. Seeded in 2021 with a $1M grant opportunity, each project worked with community partners to address challenges with either disaster resiliency or mobility and access to jobs. Now, these teams will tell the story of their journey, as well as highlight opportunities for partnership to continue their work and create greater impact.


We invite an audience of potential partners, community leaders, and researchers to learn more as CIVIC projects aim to scale and grow. This event is a celebration of a new model for community-driven research, and explores the world of the possible when putting science in cities.

Registration for the event is free, but is required. Please use the tool below to confirm your attendance by June 15th.

Featured Projects:

Platform for Long-Term Disaster Recovery
Hampton Roads, VA
The Hampton Roads team implemented CIMA, a platform for disaster recovery organizations to match the supply of donated materials and labor with the needs of displaced low-to-moderate income and medically fragile households. 
Digitally Mapping New York City’s Underground
New York, NY
The New York team implemented UNUM, collaborating with local stakeholders to develop a subsurface infrastructure data model and map for natural disaster risk identification and mitigation measures. 
Job-Based Microtransit
Milwaukee, WI
The Milwaukee team implemented FlexRide Milwaukee, an on-demand microtransit service, to solve a persistent local spatial mismatch problem: low-income, inner-city workers having difficulty reaching suburban jobs.

Bike-to-Work Communities of Practice
Los Angeles, CA
The Los Angeles team implemented CiBiC, which combines a human infrastructure bicycle commuting approach with a mobile application and participatory artwork to create a local bike-to-work community of practice.
Resiliency Mapmaking Curriculum for Youth
Savannah, GA
The Savannah team implemented YARDS, a curriculum focused on cultivating BIPOC-led mapmaking and advocacy skills to build community resilience to intersecting disasters.