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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.


Understanding Rainforests for


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 cover only 6% of Earth’s land surface, yet they hold an estimated half of the world’s biodiversity; however, humanity hasn’t come close to knowing everything that exists in these incredible ecosystems. The Rainforest XPRIZE will produce the most comprehensive biodiversity survey and unlock secrets within the rainforest.

Chanda Gonzalez

Vice President

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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