Your ideas can change the future of forests.

The XPRIZE Foundation partnered with the Kimberly-Clark Corporation to create The Future of Forests ImpactMap, with the goal of identifying the critical breakthroughs necessary to usher in a preferred future for the world’s forests.

We now need your help to design the next XPRIZE which can bring us closer to our preferred future state of forests.

We imagine a future where forests live in harmony in an environment that balances a healthy ecosystem with humanity’s changing needs, including economic growth, social progress, and political stability.

We are asking you, our valued community member, to develop ideas for potential XPRIZE competitions in one of the six below topic areas during the next six weeks.

Participants are eligible to win U.S. $2,500 for their ideas, which will then be further refined by XPRIZE Foundation staff and potentially become an XPRIZE competition in the future.

Forests are home to over 80% of terrestrial biodiversity and over 20% of the global population depends on them for their livelihoods.

For centuries, they have been a valuable source of food, water, shelter, and medicine, and serve a vital role in our survival by providing us with breathable air by absorbing atmospheric pollutants and carbon dioxide.

However, primarily due to human activity, the rate of loss of forests currently exceeds the rate of restoration of forests and over 18.7 million acres are destroyed every year.

In order to preserve life on land and human well-being, we need to live harmoniously and sustainably with these forest ecosystems, so they can continue to provide valuable resources and services for generations to come.

We have created six topic areas to organize breakthroughs that could help us achieve our preferred future:

Alternative Wood Products
Decoupling land from food production
Fighting deforestation
Value of forests
Renewable Energy Production
Carbon Sequestration

How Can I Participate?

  1. Click the button at the bottom of this page to register.
  2. Click the “Create a Team” button on the top right corner.
  3. Go through the material under the “Resources” tab and decide on one of the six topic areas.
  4. Go to the “Activities” section to fill out the “Submission” and “Competition Agreement” forms.
  5. Submit your prize idea by 11:59pm PST, March 8, 2019.

Who Can Participate?

To be eligible to compete and claim any prize, you must be an Eligible Entity, as defined in the Prize Idea Competition Agreement, and must otherwise comply with all the terms of the Prize Idea Competition Agreement.