QuestaGame

Join the quest for biodiversity and compete in a global competition, while contributing to essential conservation research.

QuestaGame is a free-to-download mobile app that sends you on an adventure to discover biodiversity. Take photos of plants, animals, insects and fungi and submit to the app to earn gold, build up a collection of species sightings and unlock special features!

Anyone can play at any time!

You don’t have to be a biodiversity expert to get involved. Share your observations with the QuestaGame community, a network of professional scientists and amateur naturalists who can help assign species names to the organisms you find.

Download QuestaGame

  1. Download the QuestaGame app onto your mobile.

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  2. Create an account and start taking photos through the app of species you find on campus.

  3. Identify what you find down to major life form/animal group (e.g. plant, frog, bird, fungi) or species name if you can. If you don’t know the species name of your organism, let the app do the species identifying for you through its community of members!

  4. The more biodiversity you find or help identify, the more gold you collect! Use gold to unlock special features and move up the leaderboard.

  5. Join the University’s UniBioQuest team during the April and August rounds and compete with other universities in a global competition to map biodiversity!

Compete in UniBioQuest

Compete with other universities in QuestaGame’s global competition UniBioQuest, to help locate and map biodiversity! Sign up and record sightings of fauna and fungi you find on campus to win one of many great prizes, while contributing to essential conservation research.

The competition runs for the entire months of April and August and is free to join. Anyone from the University community can compete.

To participate in the August round:

  1. Download the QuestaGame app and create an account following the instructions above.

  2. Complete our registration form to enter as a UniMelb competitor and qualify for the University’s in-house prizes.

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  3. Submit as many sightings of insects, animals and fungi you find on campus and you could win some great in-house prizes!  Help others identify what species they have found through the Bio-Expertise Engine to earn extra points.

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Two eastern grey kangaroos (Macropus giganteus) pictured at our Creswick campus.

Protecting on-campus biodiversity

You can help the University monitor its biodiversity and contribute to essential conservation research by regularly submitting sightings of fauna and fungi you find on campus!

Species sightings made in QuestaGame are geo-tagged with location, date and time. This data is shared with biodiversity databases Atlas of Living Australia and Global Biodiversity Information Facility to help researchers understand when and where species are occurring.

Species occurrence data generated by the app will be downloaded to inform Metric 7 of the University's Biodiversity Baseline Data Project, which aims to halt biodiversity loss on campus. Metric 7 is the number of fauna and fungi species found on campus.

FAQs

Answers to frequently asked questions to help you get started with UniBioQuest and QuestaGame.

  • When does UniBioQuest start and finish?

    Round 1 of UniBioQuest has now finished.

    Round 2 starts at 12:01am on the 2nd of August (AEST) and runs till 11:59pm on 31st August (AEST).

    All sighting submissions and species IDs need to be submitted during the round to be counted in the competition.

  • Who can sign up to UniBioQuest?

    Anyone associated with the University can sign up! This includes students, staff, alumni and members of the community with an affiliation to the University of Melbourne.

  • How do I join a UniBioQuest clan/team?

    Complete our registration form. The end of the form contains details on how you can instantly join your chosen clan/team. Participants are grouped into teams based on the campus they will be visiting most to discover biodiversity!

  • Do I need any equipment to participate?

    No! Use the QuestaGame app and your phone camera to record sightings of fauna and fungi found on campus.

  • Do I need to use the camera in the QuestaGame app to take photos of the species I find?

    No. You are welcome to use the camera on your phone or another camera. Just remember to upload your sightings before the competition round closes!

    Sightings need to be geo-tagged with location and time so please ensure your location services are turned on your phone/camera or make a note of where you find species.

  • I am located overseas/interstate. Can I still participate?

    Yes. We highly encourage participants to look for species on campus, however participants can also look for species elsewhere. Sightings made off campus will not go towards in-house prizes.

  • Can I look for plants as well?

    You are welcome to submit sightings of plants during UniBioQuest, however these will not go towards University in-house prizes.

    By submitting sightings of insects, animals and fungi found on campus, you are helping the University measure and protect its on-campus biodiversity.

    The University has already mapped most of the plants on our campuses through the Biodiversity Baseline Data Project, but hasn't yet mapped all the insects, wildlife and fungi that visit or call our campuses home. We need your help to record sightings of these species to help us complete the database, which is why sightings of only fauna and fungi go towards in-house prizes.

  • My QuestaGame app keeps saying I have reached my daily sighting submission limit. How do I increase my limit?

    Players can boost their daily sightings limit by supplying species identifications for other players sightings' in the app (QuestaLab – located on bottom right-hand corner of dashboard) or via the desktop Bio-Expertise Engine. Submitting your own sightings with correct species names will also increase your daily submission limit.

  • Why are my sightings getting rejected by QuestaGame?

    Your sightings may be rejected due to one of the following reasons:

    • Your photos are of people, pets, cultivated plants or livestock. Although these are part of biodiversity, we need to learn more about wild plants, animals, insects and fungi so we can better protect them.
    • Your photos are not clear enough.
    • Your photo displays a dangerous situation. Please take care when looking for species and be aware of your surroundings.
    • Your photo is a duplicate submission. QuestaGame won’t accept a second sighting of the same species if it is within 1 km and 24 hours of the previous sighting. For example, if you submit a photo of a monarch butterfly in location A, QuestaGame won’t accept another sighting of a monarch butterfly within 1km of location A (unless 24 hours have passed).
  • When will winners be announced?

    In-house prize winners will be announced in the first few weeks of September once the August round has closed.

    QuestaGame also awards prizes to teams and individuals who submit the most sightings and species IDs. These awards are given out once the August round has finished.

  • How will winners be notified?

    Winners will be notified via email. Emails will be sent to the address provided in the registration form when you originally signed up. Please monitor this inbox.