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.
What to expect:
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