The Con X Tech Prize is a global competition that provides funding for project teams with a bold conservation idea that are preparing their first prototype.
The goal of the Con X Tech Prize is to build the ecosystem of early-stage conservation technology products and solutions, and supporting growing teams and ideas from around the world. Selected teams receive seed grants to support their work over a ten-week period. At the close of the prototyping period, one team is awarded the Grand Prize.
Funding a working prototype is just the beginning. It can help your team validate a project idea, launch a successful crowdfunding campaign, net a strategic partnership, or even raise a successful seed investment.
And one grand prize winner is Awarded
The Con X Tech Prize is now accepting submissions!
Do you have an idea for a new innovation that could solve a wicked conservation challenge? Submit to the Con X Tech Prize in one of our two categories, Invasive Species or Blue Sky, for your chance at a $3,500 prototyping prize - and a $20K grand prize.
the con x tech Prize philosophy
We seek novel and transformative tools to conserve the world’s biodiversity and end human-induced species extinctions. Our aim is to put these tools in the hands of natural resource managers and conservation agents around the world.
The Con X Tech Prize supports ideas that have the potential to be conservation game-changers, and provides funding to make that idea a reality.
Con X Tech Prize: Round 1
The first round of the Con X Tech Prize closed in June 2018, with 84 conservation technology ideas submitted. Out of these innovative ideas, we selected 20 to fund with $3,500 to create their first prototype. Of the 20 finalists, three were recognized and awarded additional funds at the close of Stage 2, the 12-week prototyping period.
Real Deep Conservation VR
Real Deep Conservation VR, created the ACKBAR, a marine lander designed to take 360-degree video at over 600m ocean depth, reducing the cost of deep-sea exploration exponentially and democratizing access to the deep ocean for enthusiasts and conservationists alike. They were awarded the Grand Prize and $20,000.
Two other honorees received $5,000 each. Find Green was selected for the finalist cohort Lemur’s Choice Award, and cargoscreen received the Erasing Extinction Award for their solution’s ability to best address human-induced extinction.
Meet all our finalists and connect to them on the Digital Makerspace.