We're supporting Explorer innovation.
This focus area covers projects that are novel, inventive, or use existing approaches in a new way to address critical challenges and produce insights that illuminate and protect the wonder of our world.
Projects should seek breakthroughs in a particular field or area of study by leveraging diverse stakeholders and networks, pioneering innovative methods or technologies, or bringing underrepresented perspectives to light.
Perpetual Planet Expeditions
The National Geographic Society and Rolex have partnered to support trailblazing scientific research, expeditions, and solutions to increase our understanding of the threats facing the planet’s life support systems and drive action to address them.
Our Human Ingenuity Explorers
They’re working on the cutting edge to inspire, educate, and find innovative approaches to solve our most pressing challenges.
Our Human Ingenuity Explorers are in the field developing technology that pushes the limits of what is possible across science, exploration, storytelling, and conservation. They’re illuminating patterns to better understand our Earth; they’re educating the next generation of Explorers to reach beyond the boundaries of creativity; and they’re engineering, designing, building, deploying, and defying human innovation.
Gautam Shah: Saving wildlife from behind the computer screen
Martin Wikelski: Investigating migratory patterns of wildlife
Grace Young: Creating high tech for deep oceans
Jonatha Giddens: Illuminating patterns and ecology of the ocean
Corey Jaskolski: Developing tech for the world’s most unforgiving environments
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