Botswana Zoohackathon

About #Zoohackathon/Gaborone

Botswana Zoohackathon

Kalahari Conservation Society (KCS), U.S. Embassy Gaborone and other partners will be hosting a 24 hour Zoohackathon. The hackathon is scheduled to be held from 8-9 November 2019 in Gaborone at Botswana Innovation Hub Science and Technology Park.

  • The objective of the hackathon is to provide a platform for addressing the recurrent Illegal Wildlife Trade (IWT) issues through programs, applications, tools of system which will be developed by software developers, mobile app developers, designers, programmers, innovators and other innovative minded problem-solvers.

  • The winning team’s concept will compete with concepts of other winners from participating countries. It will be judged by a panel of judges in Washington DC where an overall international winner will be selected.

Zoohackathon Dates: 08 November 2019 0700 hrs to 1700 hrs 09 November 2019

Venue: Botswana Innovation Hub (BIH) Science & Technology Park

Eligibility Criteria

  • Entrants must be a Botswana citizen
  • Entrants must be 18 years or older
  • Entrants must have registered to participate in the competition. Teams must consist a minimum of three (3) and maximum of five (5) individuals. If a team is entering the Competition, they must appoint and authorize one individual (the “Team Representative”) to represent, act, and be their point of contact.

Register Here

Prizes – all prizes provided by our partner Vulcan, Inc.

  • 1st Prize $3,500 in a non-cash grant award from Vulcan, Inc. to further develop your team’s demo (plus a possibility of going to Washington DC)
  • 2nd Prize $1,000 in a non-cash grant award to further develop your team’s demo
  • 3rd Prize $500 in a non-cash grant award to further develop your team’s demo

Note: The prize money is to allow the winner to further develop their idea into marketable solution under the guidance of a mentor.


Should you need any clarity about this event please contact:

Deadline: 22 October 2019, Only 5 teams will be selected.