Guidelines

The Competition Guidelines provide prize-specific information surrounding the Grand Challenge, the solutions to be developed, and the competition timeline.

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?

XPRIZE believes that solutions can come from anyone, anywhere. Scientists, engineers, academics, entrepreneurs, and other innovators with new ideas from all over the world are invited to form or join a team and register to compete.

Note: The competition is void in those countries where prohibited or restricted by law. XPRIZE reserves the right to limit, or restrict upon notice, participation in the competition to any person or entity at any time for any reason. Teams may withdraw as set forth in the Competitor Agreement, which will be available upon registration.

OPERATING COSTS

Teams will be responsible for funding their own technology development and any travel costs but are encouraged to find sponsors or investment funding.

JUDGING CRITERIA

All registered teams must submit a detailed competition plan - “The Qualifying Submission” – detailing their approach and proposed technologies. From these, the Judging Panel will select up to 50 qualified teams. Teams will then be required to submit a Semifinal Submission, which will likely entail a written and video demonstration of the team's Solution. From these, the Judging Panel will select up to 25 teams to enter the Semifinals Testing Round where they will demonstrate that their autonomous Solution can operate in conditions similar to those found in  rainforest and detect biodiversity in at least one story, including the rainforest understory or forest floor and split a $250,000 milestone prize purse. Up to 10 teams will be selected by the Judging Panel from this event to continue on to the Finals Round and will split a $2 million purse prize. A Grand Prize of $7.5 million will be awarded to the three teams whose Solutions receive the highest scores for assessing biodiversity and for the greatest number and impact of Insights discovered at the Finals.

COMPETITION OVERSIGHT

To ensure that the competition is fair to competing teams, XPRIZE will appoint the following two panels:

ADVISORY BOARD

XPRIZE will recruit an Advisory Board composed of experts. XPRIZE will seek to ensure the expertise of the Advisory Board is diverse enough to understand and advise on a variety of approaches. This board will remain in place throughout the competition to advise XPRIZE regarding the competition

JUDGING PANEL

XPRIZE will recruit a highly qualified Judging Panel. XPRIZE will seek to ensure the expertise of the Judging Panel is diverse enough to fairly evaluate the various technologies and approaches that teams may develop during the competition. The Judging Panel will convene to collaborate, review guidelines, ask questions, and ensure that they are fully able to judge the competition in a fair and appropriate manner.

COMPETITION INFORMATION WILL BE AVAILABLE IN THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENTS:

  • Competition Guidelines (PDF): The Guidelines describe the requirements and parameters of the competition.
  • Competitor Agreement (PDF): Legally binding contract that contains the requirements of the competition. This document represents the final version of the XPRIZE Rainforest Competitor Agreement which all team leaders are required to sign by March 15, 2021. It is important for your team leader to thoroughly review this document before signing. Your team should use the PDF version linked below as REFERENCE ONLY. All signed Competitor Agreements must be submitted through POP.
  • Rules and Regulations: Document detailing the testing protocols, specific rules, dates/times, and other details that will govern the competition and will be binding on teams.