Wildlife Crime Tech Challenge

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The Wildlife Crime Tech Challenge is headed to SXSW!

Thursday, February 18, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On March 13, 2016 the Challenge will host a panel at South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive! Two of our 16 Challenge Winners, Binomial Solutions and Paso Pacifico, will demonstrate their innovative solutions to fight wildlife crime while wildlife experts Catherine Workman of National Geographic and Crawford Allan discuss how science and technology are helping stamp out wildlife trafficking. Don’t miss it!

Check the SXSW schedule for more information about the session and follow #wildXSW on Twitter for updates. We look forward to seeing you in March!

People's Choice Award Winner selected!

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congratulations to National Whistleblower Center (Prize Winner), winner of the People’s Choice award, and runners-up University of Technology Sydney (Prize Winner) and Wildlife Conservation Society (Finalist). Members of the public submitted over 8,500 votes for their favorite Finalist solutions. Learn more about the People’s Choice Awardee here.

16 Wildlife Crime Tech Challenge Prize Winners awarded!

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), with support of its partners National Geographic, Smithsonian, and TRAFFIC, has selected 16 Wildlife Crime Tech Challenge Prize Winners. Winners will each receive $10,000 as well as technical and networking assistance.

Selected from a pool of 300 Applicants from 52 countries, Prize Winners comprise individuals, nonprofits, academic institutions, and corporations from Africa, Asia Pacific, Europe, Latin America, and North America. Winning innovations range from camera traps integrated with seismic sensors to portable electronic “sniffers” and online whistleblower platforms.

Prize Winners will also be eligible to apply for a Grand Prize worth as much as $500,000. USAID will use Grand Prizes to target and invest in the most promising solutions.

Learn more about these Prize Winners and their solutions here.

The votes are in for the People's Choice Award!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Voting for the People's Choice Award competition has now closed. Thank you to our Challenge Finalists for participating, and to all who took the time to vote and publicize the competition. People's Choice Awardee(s) will be announced at the same time as Prize Winners. Please check back on this page or follow us on social media for updates!

Vote for the most innovative solution to stamp out wildlife crime!

Monday, October 26, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. –The Wildlife Crime Tech Challenge has launched a People’s Choice Award competition. We invite the public to vote for the Finalist solutions they think are the most innovative and impactful in the fight against wildlife crime. The People’s Choice Awardee(s) and their solution(s) will be featured on our website. Voting is open between October 26 and November 16 via Facebook or on the voting portal (email address required). For more details, including terms and conditions, click here to go to the voting page. Please note that the People’s Choice Award competition is entirely separate from the Prize Winner selection process.

Prize Applications are in!

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Washington, D.C. - The Prize Application window for the Wildlife Crime Tech Challenge has now closed. Challenge Finalists from around the world will compete for a Prize Package of $10,000, recognition, networking and technical support, and an opportunity to compete for a Grand Prize worth up to $500,000. Grand Prizes are intended to help scale science and technology solutions to stamp out wildlife crime. The Challenge expects to announce Prize Winners in late-2015.

The Wildlife Crime Tech Challenge is pleased to announce our Finalists!

Thursday, September 17, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Carefully selected from a pool of 300 applicants from 52 countries, 44 innovators from 17 countries have been selected as Finalists and invited to advance in the competition. Visit our Finalists page to learn about the diversity of solutions and innovators dedicated to using science and technology to help end the illegal wildlife trade.

Finalists have about one month to complete a Prize Application, where they have the opportunity to elaborate on the information provided in their Concept Notes. A second round of review and judging will then commence and the winners will be announced in fall 2015. Prize Winners will receive a Prize Package of $10,000, recognition, networking opportunities, and technical support to scale or accelerate their solutions.

An update from the Challenge

Thursday, August 6, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. – During the Wildlife Crime Tech Challenge’s ten-week application window, individuals and organizations countries around the world submitted 300 Concept Notes covering a variety of solutions that address both terrestrial and marine wildlife:

The application window closed June 30, 2015, and a technical review of applications has begun. Next, nine judges representing the fields of conservation, law enforcement, business, technology, journalism, and government will select the Finalists that will apply for a Prize Package comprising $10,000, recognition, and technical and networking support. Winners of the Prize Package will have an opportunity to apply for a Grand Prize of up to $500,000. Stay tuned for the Finalists announcement in early September!

Beginning in 2016, the Challenge will support the acceleration and scale-up of winning solutions by offering targeted support and technical assistance. The Challenge is looking for individuals or groups who will work with Winners to accelerate and scale the solutions to new markets and users. Click for more on the Challenge Process.


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