Who's Behind the Challenge?

Questions about the Challenge? Please send your inquiries to ohia@conservationxlabs.org.

Challenge Administrators

The U.S. Department of the Interior's Office of Native Hawaiian Relations, the National Park Service, and Conservation X Labs are teaming up to administer this important Challenge. But we need your help!

We are asking additional organizations and individuals alike to sign up by clicking Take Action - we'll reach out to see how you would like to stay engaged. Feel free to contact a team member directly as well - you can find our contact info below.

Our goal is to use the best of human ingenuity to identify technological solutions that can save part of Hawaiʻi’s beauty. This is why we look to engage innovative thinkers within other advanced technology fields through this challenge prize. We don’t have to accept ʻōhiʻa’s extinction.
— Dr. Alex Dehgan, CEO of Conservation X Labs


Conservation X Labs is leading the administration of The ʻŌhiʻa Challenge and will be running the day-to-day operations of the work. Contact the CXL Senior Program Manager, Chad Gallinat, at chad@conservationxlabs.org for specific questions.

The Department of Interior is overseeing The ʻŌhiʻa Challenge and has provided funding for a prize purse. Contact the Director of the Office of Native Hawaiian Relations, Kaʻiʻini Kaloi, at kaiini_kaloi@ios.doi.gov for any questions you may have for DOI in regards to this work.

We are incorporating industry innovation, best science, and best practices to improve environmental stewardship.
— Susan Combs, Senior Advisor to the Secretary, U.S. Department of the Interior

The National Park Service at Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park is overseeing the on-the-ground operations of The ʻŌhiʻa Challenge. Contact the Park Ecologist, David Benitez, at david_benitez@nps.gov for any questions specific to the park.

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