Con X Tech Prize, Round 3: Behavior Change & 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 May 4, 2020
Closed for Entries

Con X Tech Prize Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Where can I submit questions about the Con X Tech Prize competition that I don’t see listed in this FAQ?

If you have other questions, concerns, or need for clarifications, you can do one of three things:

  1. Write to with any questions
  2. Leave a comment at the bottom of the Prize Overview using the posting tool

How do I enter an idea in the Con X Tech Prize competition?

To enter, Participants must submit a project application for their idea on the Digital Makerspace, create a project profile that is shared and viewable by DMS Members (registered users of the Digital Makerspace), and agree to the Official Rules on the Con X Tech Prize project submission page. New projects will require approval from the Community Manager, and will then be prompted to submit to the Prize. Remember, submitting a Project to be hosted on the DMS isn’t the last step – ensure you budget in a few days for the project to be approved, so that you have time to submit it to the Con X Tech Prize.

You may also submit existing projects on the Digital Makerspace via the Con X Tech Prize overview by clicking SUBMIT A PROJECT. You will be given the ability to select which existing project you would like to submit, and subsequently agree to the Official Rules via the Con X Tech Prize Submission page.

Where can I find out more about the first submission category, Behavior Change?

We’ve prepared a toolkit of resources, guidelines, and inspiration on Behavior Change that you may use to craft your idea. Click here to view the toolkit.

Remember, we are seeking tools and products that focus on behavior change, rather than initiatives or campaigns.

May I submit more than one submission?

Yes! You may submit more than one project as long as you complete all the submission requirements (completing a project application, creating a profile, providing supplementary information as requested by Conservation X Labs, etc.) for each project you’d wish to submit.

Can I submit a project that I submitted to a previous Con X Tech Prize?

Yes, providing the project was not a recipient of one of the twenty Round 1 (2018 competition) or Round 2 (2019 competition) Finalist prototyping awards and meets all other submission requirements. Consider re-evaluating your project, collecting feedback from the community, and developing some areas of your project to strengthen its candidacy.

How much of my project profile will I be judged upon?

The entirety of your project profile, as well as additional information submitted as part of your project application and/or as requested by Conservation X Labs will be used to evaluate your submission – for both the first and second stage of the competition.

What is the conservation problem my team should try to solve?

There are two categories you can submit your project to. One is for Behavior Change related projects, which can be explored in more detail here. You may submit a solution to any conservation challenge provided you can explain the problem within the project submission, and how behavior change is incorporated into your solution. We are seeking tools and products that focus on behavior change, rather than initiatives or campaigns.

OR – you can pick the Blue Sky category for any other conservation problem (really – any conservation problem!) that you have learned about, identified, observed, or are fretting about. Just be sure to start with the problem and understand it well before you design any solution. This will help ensure your proposed solution matches up with the size and scope of a real and tangible problem.

Why does my submission have to be shared with all registered members of the Digital Makerspace?

At Conservation X Labs, we believe that ideas and solutions can be improved through collaboration. The constructive feedback and input of individuals with different life and professional experiences and backgrounds can help Participants in the competition question some of the hypotheses and underlying assumptions of their proposed solution – before they go too far down a certain path.

We also think there is a lot of duplication of effort and reinventing of the (same damn ole’) wheel – combining forces can help surface the best ideas and make them stronger.

Who owns my idea? Will I maintain rights to my intellectual property?

All Participants maintain the intellectual property rights to their ideas. Note that promoting collaboration and sharing is a core goal of this idea competition, so (for example) a highly developed bench-tested product preparing for a provisional patent is not the ideal submission for this competition.

Of course, if you have specific concerns about the sharing and publicity requirements of this competition, please reach out to the Prize Leader or contact us at

I’m under 18, can I participate?

Unfortunately, at this time, we are not accepting entries or submissions from individuals under the age of 18.

Can I modify my project profile after submission?

Participants can modify their project application, project profile, and any supplemental materials as well as add or subtract Participants up until the submission deadline. We will consider as your submission whatever content is on your CXTP-submitted Project Profile at the time of the CXTP deadline. So take advantage of the community on the Digital Makerspace to ask for feedback on your idea! And make it stronger!

What will project idea submissions be judged on?

In the first stage, each submission will be evaluated to what extent their project idea meets the following criteria:

  1. Transformative Potential
  2. Conservation Impact
  3. Financial Sustainability
  4. Environmental Sustainability
  5. Cultural Appropriateness and Social Responsibility
  6. Feasiblity
  7. Novelty
  8. Scalability

For more details and definitions for these criteria – please see the Official Rules.


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