Con X Tech Prize, Round 2: Invasive Species & Blue Sky

Got a bold idea for the planet? Get it funded.

With $70,000 for prototypes and $20,000 for one grand prize winner, the Con X Tech Prize lets you bring your idea from blueprint to reality.

Submit by March 20, 2019
Closed for Entries

The submission period for Round 2 of the Con X Tech Prize ended on Wednesday, March 20, 2019. Conservation X Labs will announce the finalists of Round 2 in late May 2019. If you have a great idea or potential submission, sit tight!, we'll launch a new round of the Con X Tech Prize in Fall 2019.

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


Validation Phase
Large-scale robust systems for collecting plastic debris from Asian rivers that is able to operate effectively under flood conditions

Marine robots for IAS control

University of the Balearic Islands
Validation Phase
Using autonomous floating robots to catch sneaky yet dangerous invasive seaweed in the oceans


Tom Quigley [2617]
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