Disaster X-Lab Challenges

Bringing together innovative minds across Cal to tackle the increasing challenge presented by climate change and catastrophe

Disaster X-Labs

Disaster Lab facilitates X-Lab innovation challenges where UC Berkeley undergraduate and graduate students ideate solutions to key problems identified by first responders in regards to home hardening, defensible space, early detection, and rapid response in order to spur innovation in the disaster technology space. X-Lab challenges are facilitated by researchers, industry experts, and senior fire personnel.

Winning teams receive financial support, mentorship, and opportunities to work with first responders and industry experts in order to collect feedback and improve upon the prototypes of their technology.


Fall 2022 Course - ENGIN 183C 003

Disaster Technology: Creating Innovative Solutions to Environmental Change

MW 2pm - 4pm | 4 units

In this course, students will learn about how innovative technologies are used to detect, prevent, and manage environmental disasters, such as those used to detect and mitigate wildfires.

Students from all majors are encouraged to enroll in the Disaster Technology challenge lab. Corporations, start-ups, and mentors from governmental agencies, will provide context and feedback to teams as they engineer new innovations to combat the many challenges presented by environmental disasters.

Meet the Fall 2022 Cohort.

Disaster X-Lab Interest Form

Want to be the first to know when registration opens up for the X-Lab? Are you a Cal student already working on a disaster response technology? Have questions and want to learn more about Disaster X-Lab? Great, we want to meet you. Fill out this interest form and our team will be in touch soon.

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