Sign-up for an invitation to participate in the Smithsonian's Earth Optimism Summit, "Make for the Planet", a partnership of the Smithsonian Institution and Conservation X Labs

The application deadline for teams was March 1st, 2017. However, if you are interested in participating, you may submit an application to be added to a waitlist.

Thank you for signing up for Make for the Planet. We are excited to host this event at the Smithsonian Earth Optimism Summit on April 21-23rd in Washington DC.

Due to space limitations, we can only accept 15 teams of 4 in the event, thus, participation will be highly competitive! We will select teams based on organizational and disciplinary diversity as well as a genuine interest in solving global conservation challenges through creative and transformative solutions that harness emerging science and technology, entrepreneurship, and design.

Here is how you can apply:

A) If you are looking for other team members, visit this Google sheet to advertise your interest and contact other interested applicants. We encourage you to form your team ahead of time.

B) Please fill out this application even as a partial team. You may update your application until March 1st (11:59 PM EST). After March 1st (11:59 PM EST), Make for the Planet organizers will select a total of 60 applicants as 15 teams of 4.

We will notify team leaders shortly after the deadline and we will also provide instructions for registration at that time.

Registration fees for teams will be waived.

Conservation X Labs will send teams a set of predefined conservation challenges two weeks before the event (Friday, April 7th) and global conservation experts will pitch the problems in Washington, D.C. on Friday, April 21st to kick-off the event. Teams will have until the morning of April 23rd to create solutions for display in a science-fair setting for viewing by judges, the public, and other Earth Optimism attendees. Solutions must be presented as a physical or digital representation and more than a written explanation or pitch. Teams will also have access to a pop-up maker's space with 3D printers, controllers, sensors, model-making software, and other equipment. We expect teams to create solutions for one of the proposed conservation challenges using the equipment provided on-site over the three days rather than bringing a pre-baked solution. We will provide additional information at a later date.

We will not send you spam, nor will we provide your information to other organizations, although we will invite the most promising projects additional support after the event.

We encourage institutions that want to host their own conservation technology hack. If you want to host your own event, sign up here:

See more information about Smithsonian's Earth Optimism at:

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Questions: barbara at conservationxlabs dot org

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