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A competition to protect life on earth
Which university has the best wildlife spotters and identifiers? Who can map the most biodiversity? Which student or staff member can find and identify the most unique species relative to their time and location?
The University BioQuest will find out.
Your adventure starts today. Start playing the world's first mobile game that takes you outdoors to discover, map and ultimately help protect life on our planet. Your sightings contribute to real research and conservation. Free to play.
An Annual, Global Competition
How the #UniBioQuest
What started with a QuestaGame competition between two universities (UC Santa Barbara and Sydney University) in 2017, expanded to 20 universities in 2018, with hundreds of participants submitting over 70,000 sightings and identifications from around the world. The resulting biodiversity data is shared with the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF.org) for scientific research and conservation.
A fun way for your community to engage with their natural surroundings...
...and learn about the plants and animals around them...
...while collecting species data that helps map biodiversity for scientific research and conservation.
Prizes and Awards
AWARDS FOR UNIVERSITY TEAMS
Champion Spotters Team Trophy
Awarded to the university team with the highest combined score from all members from submitted sightings.
Champion Identifiers Team Trophy
Awarded to the university team with the highest combined score from all members from correct identifications.
Most Valuable Team Ribbon
Awarded to the university team with the highest average score per team member from both submitted sightings and correct identifications.
PRIZES FOR INDIVIDUALS
Champion Spotter - US$50 Amazon Gift Card
Awarded for highest overall score for an individual based on sightings submitted.
Champion Identifier - US$50 Amazon Gift Card
Highest score from correct IDs provided by an individual (through the in-game QuestaLab or the QuestaGame's Bio-Expertise Engine) during the competition and until the time that all competition sightings have been verified.
Best Find on Campus - US$50 Amazon Gift Card
Highest scoring individual sighting from within participating university campuses.
Active Adventurer Prize Draw - US$50 Amazon Gift Card
A winner will be a randomly drawn from all registered competitors who submit at least 5 sightings within the competition period.