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Security Innovation Challenge: Sea Level Rise in Coastal Virginia

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Security Innovation Challenge Executive Board

L to R: Kiran Rachamallu, Claire Hutcheson, Nathan Liu, Grace Riley and Jake Galla.













The Security Innovation Challenge: Sea Level Rise in Coastal Virginia is an interdisciplinary competition connecting globally-minded students with professional mentors to formulate solutions to a contemporary national security challenge.


Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Time (Agenda)

1pm - 5pm, immediately following the conference, Emerging Challenges and Tools: Navigating National Security in an All Domain Environment.  


Raymond A. Mason School of Business, William & Mary


Students will develop innovative solutions to confront sea-level rise, which is a critical challenge at the intersection of the environment, security, social justice, and other issues. Cash prizes will be awarded to the teams with the winning proposal.

  • Grand Prize: $500
  • Second Place Prize: $300
  • Third Place Prize: $100
  • Fourth Place Prize: $100

The Challenge is a “hack-a-thon” style case competition hosted by students, for students. We believe that students have creative perspectives on important issues, and this is a chance to showcase those innovative capabilities. The competition will provide a unique opportunity to work with and learn from professional mentors in diverse fields, ranging from environmental policy to defense.


Sign up in teams of 3-5 students from any major. Undergraduate & graduate students from universities across Virginia are encouraged to participate. All levels of experience are welcome.


Register online by Wednesday, April 1, 2020.

Note: Background information on the case will become available on this website one week prior to the event.



The competition is made possible by the partnership of the Global Innovation Challenge @ William & Mary and the Whole of Government Center of Excellence, in cooperation with the Virginia Coastal Policy Center and the Raymond A. Mason School of Business.  

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