Kolkata Zoohackathon


Mission:

Elephant in India
Photo credit: Shuvarthi Guha

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.   

However, 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. Consulate General in Kolkata, TRAFFIC and WWF-India, and the Bengal Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCC&I) are proud to host the 2019 Zoohackathon in Kolkata. We hope to mobilize participants to come up with technological tools and solutions to address wildlife crime.

When:

November 9-10, 2019

Where:

Williamson Magor Hall, The Bengal Chamber of Commerce & Industry (BCC&I),
Royal Exchange, 6, Netaji Subhas Road, Kolkata - 700001

To Register:

Send an email to kolkata.zoohackathon@gmail.com in the format below. 

Subject Line: Registration for Kolkata Zoohackathon – (Team Name)  

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Important Registration Information: Registration opens on October 1, 2019 and will close on November 4, 2019. Please form teams before registering for this event and give your team a name.  Each team could include between 3-6 members. Seats will be limited and we will get back to you on your participation, once the registrations closes. Participants must bring their own laptops and are encouraged to bring their internet dongle for use during the event.