Thirty-three teams spanning 16 countries from Brazil to India have qualified for the next stage of the XPRIZE Rainforest competition, the organizers announced on World Rainforest Day. The $10 million contest, which launched in 2019 and concludes in 2024, aims to develop scalable and affordable technologies for rainforest preservation. Over the next three years, competing teams will leverage existing and emerging technologies including robotics, remote sensing, data analysis and artificial intelligence to develop new biodiversity survey tools and produce real-time insights on rainforest health and value. A total of 33 teams spanning 16 countries from Brazil to India have been chosen to advance to the next stage of a five-year, $10 million competition aimed at preserving the world’s rainforests. The teams, selected by a judging panel including conservation scientists and research institute heads, will create technology to better identify and catalog rainforest biodiversity, organizer XPRIZE said in a press statement on June 22, World Rainforest Day. The XPRIZE Rainforest competition, launched in 2019 and concluding in 2024, aims to develop scalable and affordable technologies that can rapidly map rainforest biodiversity. To win the competition, teams must develop new tools to survey as much biodiversity contained in 100 hectares (247 […]

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