Dec 6, 2023
Virginia Tech biologist is a finalist in the $10 million XPRIZE Rainforest competition
For College of Science Assistant Professor Julie Allen and her teammates on Team Waponi, winning the grand prize is secondary to preserving the planet’s vanishing rainforest ecosystem.
Virginia Tech News
Oct 20, 2023
ASU researchers work to save the rainforest by putting a new value on it
What is the rainforest worth? Six Arizona State University researchers are part of a team that’s creating a new way to measure rainforest biodiversity in the $10 million XPRIZE Foundation competition. The group, called Team Waponi, is one of six finalist teams in the competition.
Sep 12, 2023
Colorado Mesa University team a finalist for $10 million rainforest research prize
A research team based out of Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction wants to know what one square kilometer of rainforest is worth. Finding out the answer could be worth $10 million to them.
Colorado Public Radio
Sep 11, 2023
NJIT Professor Advances to Finals of $10M XPRIZE Rainforest Competition
NJIT biology professor Eric Fortune and a team of scientists, known as “Team Waponi”, have reached the final stage of the five-year, $10M XPRIZE Rainforest Competition.
Sep 5, 2023
Florida Museum researcher advances to finals in multimillion-dollar biodiversity competition
Over the course of four weeks this summer, a motley crew of biologists, engineers, entrepreneurs and programmers gathered at predetermined sites within Windsor Nature Park, a 185-acre tropical rainforest located in the heart of Singapore. They’d traveled from all over the world to participate in a one-of-a-kind competition hosted by the XPRIZE Foundation, in which 13 teams would have three days to identify as many organisms within the forest as possible.
Florida Museum News
Sep 3, 2023
A friend to rainforests: CMU prof looks to science to save biodiversity
“When a hectare of rainforest was destroyed in 1990 we had very little way of communicating that to the public, but today the measurement is much better,” he said.
The XPRIZE Rainforest competition focuses on precisely that. Competitors are working to come up with technologies able to survey 100 hectares (a hectare being about two and a half acres) of tropical rainforest in 24 hours and produce impactful insights within 48 hours. Team members are bringing expertise in areas such as biology, DNA analysis, use of drones, machine learning and artificial intelligence.
Grand Junction Daily Sentinel
Aug 28, 2023
University faculty part of XPRIZE team that advances to finalist round in global competition
Several faculty members at the University of Nevada, Reno’s Hitchcock Center for Chemical Ecology are part of Team Waponi, a team of scientists participating in the XPRIZE Rainforest competition.
Aug 25, 2023
Brazil will host the finals of the XPRIZE Rainforest competition
The Ministry of Development, Industry and Commerce (MDIC) signed today (August 25) a partnership agreement with XPRIZE Foundation, so that the XPRIZE Rainforest finals will be held in the Brazilian Amazon rainforest, in the state of Amazonas, in mid-2024. The prize is aimed at developing new technologies for mapping the biodiversity of the world's tropical forests.
Jul 31, 2023
XPRIZE Announces Finalists for Rainforest Competition: The Best Use of Drones for Conservation
Recently, XPRIZE announced 6 finalists for its $10,000,000 Rainforest competition to develop new biodiversity assessment technologies, all featuring the use of UAV technology and drones to improve scientific research and conservation in these increasingly endangered ecosystems.
Jul 30, 2023
Six XPrize finalists emerge after testing conservation tech in Central Catchment Nature Reserve
SINGAPORE - Like putting a swab into the nose to detect Covid-19, a “swab” of the forest can reveal much about the myriad of flora and fauna there.
Singapore Straits Times
Jul 25, 2023
Science team with CMU ties is finalist in rainforest competition
A science team led by a Colorado Mesa University professor and including other CMU faculty and students continues to enjoy success in an international competition where the winners will include not just competitors but the world’s threatened tropical rainforests and the creatures that inhabit them.
Grand Junction Sentinel
Jul 25, 2023
XPRIZE Rainforest finalists named for top conservation technology award
Conservation technologies like drones, remote sensing and machine learning have a massive role to play in aiding the work of conservation scientists and helping policymakers devise better-informed decisions about where and how to protect biodiversity. The XPRIZE Foundation knows this, which is why it started a five-year-long competition to come up with technologies that can automate and accelerate the assessment of rainforest biodiversity.
Jul 24, 2023
XPRIZE Rainforest Announces Finalist Teams
Six teams advance in $10,000,000 competition to measure biodiversity and produce meaningful insights to benefit rainforest ecosystems and local communities
Jun 15, 2023
Meet the tech projects competing for a $10m prize to save rainforests
SINGAPORE — Macaques look on from trees as a round of applause breaks out.
After repeated attempts, a team has managed to fly a drone and drop a sensor platform on a tree canopy. It will stay there all night to gather the sounds of wildlife in the forest.
Nov 22, 2022
NJIT Biologist Among Semifinalists in $10M XPRIZE Rainforest Competition
A U.S.-based team of scientists joined by NJIT biologist Eric Fortune is inching closer to the $10 million XPRIZE Rainforest Competition’s grand prize for improving our understanding of rainforest ecosystems, having recently been named semifinalists.
Jul 28, 2022
Local team Waponi gets global recognition
Representing Grand Junction, CO as one of the 15 XPRIZE Rainforest semifinalist teams is Team Waponi!. The team members have worked together and with indigenous groups to discover new species of insects and plants in the Amazon for several decades.