How to build resilience in our local ecosystems? ENVIRONMENT

Resilience building is a transformative process of strengthening the capacity of people, communities, institutions, and countries to prevent, anticipate, absorb, respond to and recover from crises.
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KAUST is looking for technology-based solutions that help build resilience in local ecosystems facing the raising challenges such as climate change, disasters, epidemics, food insecurity and environmental degradation.

The solution is expected to support one of the below

1. Environment

  • 1.1 Preserve and restore natural ecosystems.
  • 1.2 Create goods from materials that are renewable, repairable, reusable, and recyclable.


21 October 2021


31 December 2021

Deadline for Submission

9 January 2022


10 January 2022

WEP Participation

20 January 2022

Award Ceremony


  • Xiangliang Zhang
  • Robert Hoehndorf
  • Suzana Nunes
  • Bernard Ghanem
  • Meriem Laleg
  • Mani Sarathi
  • Nabila Bouncer
  • Raquel Peixoto
  • Jasmin Marzaban
  • Samah Ghadoum
  • Ana Costa
  • Inji Jaber


The competition is happening among all the solutions collected from the 4 challenges and three prizes will be awarded to the top ranked positions.

1st Prize


2nd Prize


3rd Prize



Individuals or teams with a scientific, engineering or technical background from anywhere in the world can submit a solution. Individual or team members, please make sure that you are registered in our platform.
We will accept solutions that are "technology-based", at any stage of its development: concept, pilot, prototype, or fully operational.
A solution is technology-based solution is when it depends on the application of science and evidence-based knowledge. The solutions can be using apps, software, AI, robots, drones, blockchain, and virtual reality, or leveraging traditional and natural technologies and knowledge systems.
  • Relevant: It is related to the topics listed in the challenge overview.
  • Practical: It is realistic, technology based, supported by scientific evidence, and can be demonstrated.
  • Valuable: The planned solution implementation has the potential to improve the ecosystem resilience or solve a defined problem.
  • Novel: The solution is creative, different, or unique: It includes a new technology, a new application of technology.
  • Inclusive: The solution demonstrates a positive impact on Women affected by the raising challenges in our ecosystems. Inclusion of Women is considered in the development and application of the solution.
5 solutions will be selected for the challenge, and invited to attend the WEP (Winter Enrichment Program), where 3 winners will be selected.
No. Only one solution is accepted per account.