The ‘Ōhiʻa Challenge: Detect Rapid ‘Ōhiʻa Death before it kills & spreads

A $70,000 Prize to Save Hawaii’s Forests from an Invasive Fungal Pathogen

Named after a Hawaiian legend that tells of the love and separation of the young couple ʻŌhiʻa and Lehua, the ‘Ōhiʻa tree carries immense ecological and cultural significance in Hawai’i.  Since 2014, an invasive fungal pathogen called Rapid ‘Ōhiʻa Death (ROD) has decimated Hawaiian forests.  Conservation X Labs, the U.S. Department of the Interior's Office of Native Hawaiian Relations, and the National Park Service are partnering on The ‘Ōhiʻa Challenge to identify advanced technological solutions to ROD.  The Challenge is no longer accepting applications (the due date was April 8th, 2019) but please continue to check our website for updates on finalists and winners!

Have a great idea? Want to discuss your idea with a Community of Solvers?

Join the Conservation X Labs online community in the Digital Makerspace to find collaborators and share ideas. The Digital Makerspace is an online open community working toward creating tech solutions for conservation's greatest problems. Remember, you must submit your application via to be eligible for the prize!

Why a competition?

Sometimes we need to look outside of our research silos for solutions to problems. Maybe you already solved a similar problem, but in a different geographic location, or with a different species? Open Innovation Challenges like the 'Ōhi'a Challenge seek to incentivize innovators from outside the silo. Join us in the journey to save the ‘ōhi’a!