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$10 Million

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The $10 million Rainforest XPRIZE is a global 4-year competition to incentivize the development of integrated and advanced biodiversity assessment technologies that will yield previously undiscovered and meaningful insights into these magnificent environments. The competition will be followed by an additional two years of impact activities geared towards establishing a new bioeconomy for the next century. The prize respects the people of the forests and their culture, as well as the Convention on Biological Diversity and other national and international policies.

Overview

Understanding Rainforests for

Impact

The Rainforest XPRIZE will accelerate innovation of unmanned and autonomous remote and in-situ technologies needed for biodiversity assessment. The competition will enhance our understanding of the rainforest ecosystem by using rapid data integration to provide new wisdom about the forest as well as inspire new investment and exploration. The Rainforest XPRIZE will discover the true potential of the standing forest, allowing the development of a new, sustainable, local bioeconomy.

Rainforests are undervalued because we simply do not know the full extent of the biodiversity that exists in these iconic ecosystems. The Rainforest XPRIZE will provide a path for humanity to live in harmony with these magnificent environments on our planet.

Dr. Jyotika Virmani

Executive Director

The Grand Challenge

Rainforests make up only 6% of the Earth's surface, but they house approximately 50 million inhabitants and over 50% of the planet's biodiversity. Although they are the most biodiverse ecosystems, there is a limited knowledge of everything that lives in these iconic environments. The value of the standing trees are not fully understood and our ability to assess this value is restricted because the rainforest is dense, vast, and humid.


How to Win

The winning team will survey the most biodiversity in at least three stories of a rainforest (emergent, canopy, understory, and forest floor) in 8 hours and use that data to produce the greatest number of new insights after 48 hours.


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