Con X Tech Prize, Round 1: Oceans & Blue Sky

Bold Tech Ideas to solve Conservation’s Greatest Challenges! Bring your prototype to life with the Con X Tech Prize! $90,000 in grants
Closed for Entries

Round 1 of the Con X Tech Prize ended on December 6, 2018 with the announcement of the Grand Prize Winner. You can find the Finalists and Prize winners of Round 1 competition under Projects.

Bring your Prototype to Life!

Calling anyone ready to take action on a world-changing idea to collaborate, create, and catalyze new tech for conservation!

Conservation X Labs (CXL) is seeking bold ideas for technology solutions to conservation challenges. Aimed specifically at projects teams that are preparing their first prototype, the Con X Tech Prize could provide a $3,500 grant to take your idea from blueprint to reality.

CXL is seeking novel and transformative tools to conserve the world’s biodiversity and end human-induced species extinctions. We want to put these tools in the hands of natural resource managers and conservation agents around the world. We will support ideas that help decision-makers, consumers, and policy makers understand and act on conservation problems.

We welcome hardware and software submissions, as well as any impactful solution idea that is enabled by technology and helps achieve a conservation outcome. We believe in radical collaboration, and the strongest solutions and project teams will draw from a handful of disciplines (e.g., behavioral sciences, engineering, computer science, molecular science, economics) and consider the impact, sustainability (financial and environmental) and scalability of their solution from the very beginning. We want to move from merely monitoring changing landscapes and species populations to developing tangible solutions.

The potential benefits of your proof-of-concept can’t be understated; 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.

Funding a working prototype is just the beginning. First round grantees will have the opportunity to enter the prototype of their solution in the second stage of the grant competition, that features $20,000 in awards. Deadline to enter the first-round is June 30, 2018.


Con X Tech Prize: Hacking Extinction

Find Green

Validation Phase
Connecting green-minded people with green-practicing businesses through a 'Green Yelp'.


Validation Phase
Building a data-driven digital detection tool to help screen containerized cargo for illegal or unwanted wildlife parts, products or derivatives. Playing the needle in the haystack game.


Cassie Ann Hoffman [2352]
Product Manager
Conservation X Labs

First Stage Judges - Oceans

Jake Hanft [35]
Program Manager
Schmidt Marine
San Francisco, United States
Shah Selbe [6]
Los Angeles, United States
Andrew Thaler [18]
Blackbeard Biologic
Saint Michaels, United States
Barbara Martinez [270]
Open Innovation Director
Conservation X Labs
Baltimore, United States
Kate Wing [16]
the databranch
David Lang [0]
Berkeley, United States

First Stage Judges - Blue Sky

Dorothy Jones-Davis [12]
Executive Director
Nation of Makers
Silver Spring, United States
Lucas Joppa [0]
Sammamish, United States
Tatjana Dzambazova [0]
AI Strategy, Autodesk AI Lab
Autodesk Inc.
Mill Valley, United States
Dara Dotz [0]
San Francisco, United States