FAQs

Q: What is the association of Zoohackathon partners to the United States Government?

A: The U.S. Government is providing guidance, branding, and financial support in some cases, and will play a role in selecting problem statements and global competition winners.  The U.S. Government will NOT collect private or confidential information from registrants for future use outside the bounds of Zoohackathon.  Zoohackathon is considered an integral part of the U.S. National Strategy for Combating Wildlife Trafficking but is separately an opportunity for host sites and partner organizations to promote their own conservation technology priorities.

Q: Are all Zoohackathons taking place simultaneously?

A: Each host site will run an independent hackathon under the umbrella organization of the global “Zoohackathon.” As such, local contests and registration rules and procedures may vary. 

Q: What types of Rules and Guidelines are there for the competition?

A: We’re glad you asked!  Please see the Rules and Guidelines here.

Q: If my team or I create an application or program that is selected for mentorship and/or assistance to create a consumer-ready product, will we/I be able to keep the profits?

A: Teams or individuals participating in the Zoohackathons are permitted to promote their participation or techniques/code developed therein to leverage private funding. Please see the Rules and Guidelines for more information.

We encourage teams to make their code publicly available on repositories such as GitHub.com because Zoohackathon is supported by public funding, leverages publically-available datasets, and aims to build globally accessible solutions.  We encourage teams to make their solutions accessible on these repositories, so their work can be maximized and have a more powerful reach.

Q: Are there prizes?

A: Local prizes are determined by the individual host sites and their sponsors. Participants will need to submit and upload their final projects and all applicable content onto DevPost and GitHub before the Zoohackathon events are over.

The solutions that win at the local level will be reviewed by a U.S. Review Committee that is based in Washington, D.C. This panel contains members from the U.S. Government, non-governmental organizations, wildlife organizations, and technology companies. They will evaluate each solution based on the materials submitted through the DevPost and GitHub or a similar platform and will select the global winner.