Wildlife Crime Tech Challenge

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Meet the 16 Challenge Prize Winners!

Selected out of 300 applicants from around the world, 16 Prize Winners presented the most innovative science and tech solutions to help stamp out wildlife crime. They received a Prize Package that includes $10,000 and an opportunity to apply for a Grand Prize of up to $500,000. Click here to learn more about Prize Winners and their solutions. For more information about Prizes and Grand Prizes, see below.

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Application Guidance

The Challenge will reward solutions to combat wildlife trafficking from all corners of the globe and all areas of expertise. Guidance for preparing and submitting an application is below.

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Application Process

The Challenge application process has three stages: Concept Note, Prize Application, and Grand Prize Application.

Concept Note
Judges recommended a group of Finalists with the most promising
Concept Notes. Finalists were invited to submit a Prize Application.

Prize Application
Judges will recommend a group of Prize Winners. Winners
will be invited to submit a Grand Prize Application.

Grand Prize Application
Judges will recommend multiple
Grand Prize Winners.
AWARDS & INCENTIVES
  • Opportunity to compete for a Prize of $10,000
  • Recognition on the Challenge website
  • A $10,000 Prize
  • Recognition and technical and networking support
  • Expenses paid trip to an event to showcase solutions
  • Opportunity to compete for a Grand Prize of up to $500,000
  • A Grand Prize of up to $500,000
  • Additional recognition

 

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April 22, 2015
Call for Concept Notes Opened
The competition kicked off on Earth Day! Applicants began submitting Concept Notes outlining their solution. Read more about Concept Notes below.
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June 30, 2015
Concept Note Deadline
The Concept Note window closed on June 30, 2015. Judges recommended a group of Finalists based on potential impact and scalability. Finalists were invited to submit a Prize Application. Read more about the Prize Application below.
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October 12, 2015
Prize Application Deadline
The Prize Application window opened on September 14, 2015 and closed on October 12, 2015. Judges will recommend Winners based on potential impact and scalability. Winners receive a Prize Package, including $10,000. Read more about the Prize Package below.
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Early 2016
Grand Prize Opportunity
Winners are eligible to apply for a Grand Prize of up to $500,000. Read more about the Grand Prize below.
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2016
Scaling & Acceleration
Support
Prize Winners will receive $10,000 and acceleration support, to include technical assistance and the opportunity to showcase their solution at a conference or industry event.

Application Stage 1: Concept Notes

Application Stage 2: Prize Application

Application Stage 3: Grand Prize Application

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