Lightning Rounds for Resilience and Pre-Disaster Mitigated Innovations

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Lightning Rounds for Resilience and Pre-Disaster Mitigated Innovations

Third in a series of Lightning Rounds - pitch sessions - from emerging and growth-scale technology, equipment, product, and service firms

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Panel Session I (thirty minutes)

From September 11 – 13, Triple-I/Resilience Accelerator and The Wharton Risk Center sponsored their Third Annual Hack-for-Resilience competition at the PennAppsXXI Hackathon, the first and largest student-run hackathon in North America.

Over three days more than 38 teams of students competed for honors in two categories—Best Overall Hack-for-Resilience and Best Application of Insurtech.

Two winning teams were selected to be entered into October 22’s Lightning Rounds and Resilience Innovation Showcase:

Best Overall Hack-for-Resilience: AIR.LY

Inspired by the development team members’ experiences during recent California wildfires, AIR.LY is billed as “the one-stop shop [for finding] safe outdoor retreats during wildfires.” AIR.LY delivers vital, in-real-time assistance to an often-overlooked group: persons afflicted with respiratory issues or other health complications.

Best Application of Insurtech: INSURA

Developed to get households into a “resilience frame of mind,” INSURA uses location and historical loss data to incentivize catastrophe resilience by making a game of preparedness and mitigation. Users enter information about their homes and known risks, and INSURA suggests mitigation activities and common household maintenance chores. Players are scored by calculated potential insurance premium savings.

Panel Session II: (thirty minutes)

ThermalGate: a quick effective measurement of elevated body temperature for detecting COVID-19 and related ailments using artificial intelligence and unique screening capabilities. Installed at entrances to commercial and industrial buildings, ThermalGate augments other security and protective technologies with an active and less intrusive means of reducing outbreaks. ThermalGate uses proprietary software integration including: AI detection algorithm for enhanced, accuracy & accurate facial location - Complies w/ FDA thermal imaging best practices - 3 Infrared Color Palettes - Adjustable Temperature Threshold - Instant Temperature Processing - Data Storage & Post-Processing - Designed & Developed in The USA

Mesh++: serving the just-in-time and remote access to emergency, pre-disaster planning and response, Mesh++ has identified a rapid deployment of WiFi in public and private sector spaces, campuses, facilities. Most mesh networks lose too much throughput to be useful at scale. Mesh++'s self-powered hardware doesn't, so Offices of Emergency Response, Cities, Parks, Facilities Managers can cover hundreds of acres before laying cable. Power or ethernet not required. Industrial Solution: Host local networks even where there is limited backhaul. Enable IoT and wireless connectivity to bring challenging workplaces to the 21st century.

Special Presentation: Insuratech Investment Market Analysis V.1 with Richard Seline (ResilientH2O Partners) and Michel Leonard (Insurance Information Institute)

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