Zoohackathon 2017

In recent years the impact of illegal wildlife trade on species around the world has reached unprecedented levels. 

Coders, creatives and subject matter experts are joining together at the Zoohackathon to develop solutions to help reduce demand for wildlife products. 

This event invites 100 coders and technologists to come up with tech solutions for conservation issues, specifically illegal wildlife trade.

This year Zoohackathon is hosted in collaboration with the U.S. Department of State and Bloomberg. It brings together coders from across the world to focus on the illegal wildlife trade, creating apps and communications to support law enforcement and tackle organised crime. 

Places have now been filled for this event and registration is closed. 

Team Lookout working at Zoohackathon

What to expect:

With ZSL’s big datasets to play with, you’ll be asked to respond to one of a series of challenge statements authored by world leading experts and organisations at the cutting edge of tackling the illegal wildlife trade. 

You’ll be joined for this overnight event by subject matter experts who will support you in grappling with the statements and the data - not to mention a fantastic line-up of keynote speakers and judges.


Launch event: 6:00pm - 8:30pm, Friday 6 October

Main event: 9:00am Saturday 7 October - 4:00pm Sunday 8 October

More information

  • The Zoohackathon is free to take part in but registration is required
  • Venue: The Prince Albert Suite, ZSL London Zoo, Regents Park, London, NW1 4RY
  • Entrance to the event is through the Prince Albert Gate PDF icon Directions - Prince Albert Gate (215.42 KB)
  • Closest Underground – Camden Town Station
  • Closest bus – no. 274
  • Food will be provided throughout the two days of the event including: Saturday lunch & dinner; Sunday breakfast & lunch; refreshments both days. 
  • Zoohackathon is organised in partnership with WILDLABS.NET
  • Join the pre-event discussion here


Teams’ final product presentations will be held on Sunday 8 October from 2-4pm. They will be judged by the following individuals:

  • Dr Emma Hennessey, Head of Science and Innovation Team and Deputy Chief Scientific Adviser, Foreign & Commonwealth Office
  • Charles Barber, Managing Director, Sapienza travel. London’s Fishackathon co-organizer. 
  • Dr Afzal Ashraf, Professor at the University of Nottingham in International Relations, former senior officer in the RAF and former diplomat in  the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
  • Kulwant Bhatia, Global Head of Commodities Technology, Credit Suisse
  • Dr Kirsten Pullen,  CEO of British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA) 


Talks will be held throughout the event by the following speakers:
David Cowdrey, International Fund on Animal Welfare (IFAW)

  • Mark Moseley, New Scotland Yard Forensics agent
  • Christian Plowman, law enforcement advisor, ZSL
  • Dr. Brian Chappell, law enforcement consultant; former senior detective at New Scotland Yard—focused on organised crime; Lecturer on organised wildlife crime at the University of Portsmouth.
  • Nicholas Bruschi, Investigations Manager from World Animal Protection
  • Peter Karney, Head of Product Innovation at the Digital Catapult Centre
  • DC Sarah Bailey, Wildlife Crime Unit, New Scotland Yard (Met Police)
  • Sabri Zain, Director of Policy, TRAFFIC 

Code of conduct

PDF icon Zoohackathon London Code of Conduct (43.36 KB)



Bloomberg is proud to support the Zoohackathon at ZSL London Zoo

Find out more about the Zoohackathon 

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