The Event: Make for the planet Borneo


Help create solutions to challenging marine conservation problems in front of a global audience at the 5th International Marine Conservation Congress (IMCC5) in Sarawak, Malaysia June 24-29, 2018! Up to 15 Multidisciplinary teams of 4 will compete in an on-site event called Make for the Planet over the duration of the IMCC5 conference.  

Make for the Planet is a team competition/hackathon to create hardware and/or software solutions to specific conservation challenges. Teams work to solve global conservation challenges through creative and transformative solutions that harness emerging science and technology, entrepreneurship, and design.

Read about the Washington D.C. Make for the Planet during the Smithsonian's Earth Optimism Summit in April, 2017.

Update April 10, 2018

We are accepting applications until we reach capacity - APPLY HERE. Don't have a team of four? Still want to be a part of Make for the Planet Borneo?  Send an email to barbara[at]conservationxlabs[dot]org with questions.


  • Lodging (June 24-29) and IMCC5 registration is covered for all teams.
  • At least two teams will win cash prizes, with a prize purse of up to $10,000 USD.
  • All participating teams will receive at least one consulting session from Shenzhen Open Innovation Lab (SZOIL) to continue to refine their prototypes and solutions after Make for the Planet:
  • One team will receive a 6-month hot bench membership to Maker Bay in Hong Kong:

The Team application is open until we reach capacity