The U.S. Department of State runs Zoohackathon, a global competition to develop new and innovative technological tools to fight wildlife trafficking. U.S. Embassies around the world host Zoohackathon events following the hackathon model. Over 48 hours, university students, coders, scientists, and wildlife enthusiasts collaborate in teams at zoos, wildlife organizations, technology start-up facilities, and education centers to create software solutions for real wildlife conservation problems. Zoohackathon solutions can take many different forms including websites, mobile apps, website extensions, online databases, and software. At each competition, an expert panel of judges selects a winning solution. A Washington DC and Egypt-based committee then reviews the local winning solutions and chooses a global winner. The global winner wins a prize and will potentially receive support to further develop and deploy their solution.
All participants must RSVP for the Zoohackathon through the respective host site registration webpages located on https://forms.gle/w8dHMys21BjGLrb48. To find a complete list of upcoming events, visit http://www.zoohackathon.com. Zoohackathon organizers reserve the right to verify eligibility and to adjudicate on any dispute at any time. All teams and individuals should register as private individuals, representing only themselves, and not on behalf of their employers. Only works created between the start and end time of each entrant’s selected event location are eligible for prizes.
Zoohackathon video: https://youtu.be/02DqcsDB4AQ
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