Con X Tech Prize: Hacking Extinction

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

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.

Enter this Prize Competition

Start your submission today and be part of the conservation revolution on the Digital Makerspace.

First, complete a project application to create a project on the Digital Makerspace. Second, submit your project to the Con X Tech Prize to be considered for a prototyping grant.

Entries must be submitted by June 30, 2018.


Con X Tech Prize

Complex CMUPAB

Validation Phase
Complex for monitoring the use and protection of aquatic bioresources (CMUPAB)

Reef restoration hardware

Validation Phase
A fail-safe submerged floating coral propagation device for continuous restoration attempts on degraded coral reefs with built-in coral bleaching prevention capsule


Cassie Ann Hoffman [1100]
Washington, United States

First Stage Judges - Oceans

Shah Selbe [0]
Los Angeles, United States
Andrew Thaler [0]
Blackbeard Biologic
Saint Michaels, United States
Barbara Martinez [180]
Open Innovation Director
Conservation X Labs
Baltimore, United States
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