Con X Tech Prize, Round 2: Invasive Species & 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 2 of the Con X Tech Prize ended on December 5, 2019 with the announcement of the Grand Prize Winner. You can find the Finalists and Prize winners of Round 2 competition under Projects.

Bring your Idea 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 is seeking bold ideas for technology solutions to conservation challenges. Aimed specifically at projects teams that are considering their first prototype, the Con X Tech Prize is granting 20 prototyping awards of $3,500 each 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 will support ideas that help decision-makers, conservationists, consumers, resource managers, and policy makers understand and act on conservation problems.

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 and creating real-life impact. We welcome hardware and software submissions, as well as any impactful solution idea that is enabled by technology and helps achieve a conservation outcome.

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.

But it doesn’t stop at the prototype. The 20 winners of the first stage of the competition will go on to compete in the Second Stage for the Grand Prize of $20,000!

Finalists from past rounds of the Con X Tech Prize included:

The only question is: what will you build?

Deadline to submit your idea is March 20, 2019.


Con X Tech Prize: Hacking Extinction

Blockchain Ecosystem Payments

Other phase of development
Programs that pay people to maintain ecosystem services are often inefficient and corrupted. We improve that by - for the first time - linking blockchain smart contracts to remote sensing algorithms!


LobsterLift LLC
Validation Phase
A lobster trap that doesn't also trap whales


Tom Quigley [3209]
Community Manager
Conservation X Labs
Washington, United States

Judges - Invasive Species

David Will [40]
GIS Program Manager
Island Conservation
Santa Cruz, United States
Brent Beaven [0]
Programme Manager PF2050
Department of Conservation
Wellington, New Zealand
Amy Berry [0]
Tahoe Fund
Incline Village, United States
Kelly Pennington [0]
Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Consultant
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Saint Paul, United States
Brian Gratwicke [0]
Washington, United States
Brad Zamft [0]
Technology Prospector
X, The Moonshot Factory
Mountain View, United States

Judges - Blue Sky

Ken Banks [0]
Head of Social Impact
Cambridge, United Kingdom
Mark Schrope [0]
Schmidt Marine Technology Partners
Melbourne, United States
Matthew Mulrennan [14]
United States
Evan Thomas [0]
Boulder, United States
José Lahoz-Monfort [0]
Senior Lecturer
University of Melbourne