Coding to End Wildlife Trafficking

India is a megadiverse country, accounting for 7-8% of the species of the world.  The 91,000 species of animals found in India include tigers, leopards, snow leopards, elephants, and rhinos, in addition to numerous other mammals, reptiles and birds.  Of these, 12.6% of mammals, 4.5% of birds, 45.8% of reptiles and 55.8% of amphibians are endemic to India, being found nowhere else in the world.   

But over the years illegal wildlife trade has threatened the existence of many wild species in India and across the globe. There is an urgent need for knowledge and action to stop all illegal wildlife trade that has threatened and even pushed many species towards extinction.  Urgent action is needed to develop tools that will help conservationists around the world curb poaching and illegal trade in wildlife, and reduce demand for illegal wildlife products. 

The U.S. Embassy, TRAFFIC and WWF-India are proud to host the 2019 Zoohackathon in New Delhi.  We hope to mobilize participants to come up with technological tools and solutions to address wildlife crime. TO REGISTER: http://zoohackathon.com/new-delhi/

Entrants should also know that 15 other Zoohackathon competitions will take place across the globe, and winning teams are eligible for the global winners' competition as well. 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-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. 

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Eligibility

Eligibility

All participants must RSVP for the Zoohackathon by email to delhi.zoohackathon@gmail.com. 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.

Each team may include from 3 to 6 members, and should select a team name.

Requirements

Submissions

Participants planning to attend the in-person event will register by emailing delhi.zoohackathon@gmail.com. A complete list of 2019 events is available on zoohackathon.com. 

All event attendees will also need to create an account on DevPost (https://devpost.com). This is the platform where participants will need to submit and upload their final projects before the end of the Zoohackathon. Participants will also need to register for an account with a code sharing platform such as GitHub (https://github.com/) or Bitbucket (https://bitbucket.org) – these platforms can help facilitate collaborative coding and broader sharing and accessibility of codebases. GitHub or similar sites also have ways to track lines of code committed and the amount of subsequent reach of those codebases (e.g. the number of times a code base has been cloned/downloaded).

Throughout the events, participants will work in teams to create solutions that can help solve the problems indicated in the problem statement of their choice. Teams may be composed of 3-6 individuals unless otherwise specified by the local host site.  Please contact the event organizers for more details on this.

Presentations and supporting content should be uploaded prior to the end of the event.  

In fact, the winning team from each host site, identified by the panel of judges is required to upload their Zoohackathon presentation and applicable content online on DevPost and GitHub (or a similar platform) before the end of their Zoohackathon in order to be eligible for the 2019 global prize.  Each entrant/participant listed on a submission must have registered with the selected host city site through Eventbrite and have registered accounts with these platforms.

All submissions must include a 2-5 minute demonstration (e.g. PowerPoint) or other visual digital presentation of the application /prototype/ or solution. 

Judges

Priya Ghose

Priya Ghose
U.S. Department of State

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TRAFFIC

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WWF India

Judging Criteria

  • Quality of Idea/Innovation
  • Impact
  • Interface
  • Presentation

themes

  • Machine Learning/ AI
  • Communication
  • Social Good