C40’s global competition celebrates women innovators and helps accelerate technological solutions to climate change


Winners will see their solution implemented in Paris and Tel Aviv


London, UK (10 January 2019) — Ten innovative technology solutions to the global climate crisis were today announced as finalists in the C40 Women4Climate Tech Challenge. This global competition is designed to empower women to lead climate action through technical innovation. The finalists and their projects represent a diverse and inspiring range of ideas that will accelerate climate action in the world’s great cities. Sponsored by Autodesk, the Women4Climate Tech Challenge aims to amplify women’s voices in both the climate conversation and in STEM fields.


The finalists are:


Finalists Name(s)

Project Name

Inna Braverman (Israel)

Eco Wave Power

Shir Esh & Liron Simon (Israel)


Elodie Grimoin (France)

Urban Canopee

Marine Doquet-Chassaing (France)


Anaïs Ryterband (France)


Shimrit Finkel (Israel)


Yael Gilad & Galit Shiff (Israel)

Solar Energy in the City

Meiling Gao (U.S.A)

Smarter Buildings for Healthier Communities

Elodie Stephan (France)

Bocage Urbain

Doris Sung & Karen Sabath (U.S.A)

InVert™ Self-Shading Window System


The winners of the Women4Climate Tech Challenge will be selected by a panel of mayors on 20th February, at the third annual Women4Climate conference, held in Paris. Winners will receive a fellowship, support and acceleration from C40 and its partners, and will have the opportunity to see their projects brought to life in Paris or Tel Aviv-Yafo. The Urban Lab from Paris&Co in Paris and  The Platform: Urban Innovation Center in Tel Aviv-Yafo will support in the roll-out of the winning project in these cities.


Ultimately, the Tech Challenge aims to cultivate ground-breaking climate solutions and create opportunities to see winning projects scaled and implemented in other C40 cities.


“Women are building the foundation for the bold, healthy, resilient and just future we all want,” said Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris and Chair of C40 Cities. “I congratulate each of the Women4Climate Tech Challenge finalists. These inspiring women have refused to recognize a ceiling for their talents and for what is possible in terms of climate action. We look forward to supporting their bold visions as they lead the way for generations to come.”


The Women4Climate initiative, launched in 2016 by C40 Chair and Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo, empowers young women taking bold climate action in the world’s leading cities. Through the Tech Challenge, C40 will extend the Women4Climate initiative and its successful mentorship program into the innovation community, driving action that will help cities tackle climate change with measurable impact.


Women are often disproportionately impacted by climate change but have also proven to be some of the world’s fiercest advocates for action. Women mayors, entrepreneurs, and leaders across society have been a driving force behind meaningful climate action that is steering cities, businesses and NGOs toward sustainable, long-lasting solutions. The leadership and participation of women are critical to solving this global crisis, and the Women4Climate initiative aims to bring more women to decision-making tables around the world.


The Women4Climate Tech Challenge was launched in September 2018 at the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco, California. For more information on Women4Climate and the Tech Challenge, please visit




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