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Saving the Ohia

About the Challenge
Developing new and improved tools for early detection of the fungi Ceratocystis lukuohia and Ceratocystis huliohia in the ʻŌhiʻa and the environment.

Posted By: Department of the Interior
Category: Ideas, Scientific/Engineering
Partners: National Invasive Species Council Secretariat, U.S. Department of the Interior Office of Native Hawaiian Relations, Conservation X Labs, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, U.S Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Geological Survey, and Hawaii Division of Forestry and Wildlife.
Skill: Scientific Interest: Ecosystems Submission Dates: 12 a.m. ET, Aug 30, 2018 - 12 a.m. ET, Feb 01, 2019 Winners Announced: Jul 01, 2019

Please see a detailed description of the Ohi’a Challenge at the Conservation X Lab page. But note that the application needs to be submitted through this page, using the “Submit Solutions” tab to the left.


Judging Criteria

Please see official "Guidelines and Rules" posted on Conservation X Lab page.

First Place $70,000.00 The total prize purse is $70,000 USD. While we anticipate awarding one first place award of $70,000 to one application, the Judges and Challenge administrators reserve the right to award up to 3 winners (one for each category) to split the prize pool. The prize money will be delivered to the individual who submits a winning solution through By accepting a prize, the winner(s) acknowledges compliance with the Official Rules ( All federal, state, or other tax liabilities arising from this Contest are the sole responsibility of the prize winner.

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