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.

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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 2

The second round of the Con X Tech Prize closed in March 2019, with 150 conservation technology ideas submitted. Twenty of these projects were selected as Finalists to be funded with $3,500 to create their first prototype.

Click any image below to view their project profile on the Digital Makerspace, or click here to view all finalists.


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.

Check out Real Deep Conservation VR’s finalist video to see the ACKBAR in action in the deep sea off California.

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.


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