Do you like to create solutions to challenging problems? This fall, Zoohackathon will welcome technologists and coders at five locations around the world as they develop tech solutions to halt wildlife trafficking and the demand for illegally traded wildlife products. Wildlife trafficking decimates elephants, rhinos, tigers, and other iconic species. Come help us end these terrible crimes! From November 2nd – 3rd the U.S. Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, in partnership with University of Malaysia Sabah, will be hosting the 2019 Zoohackathon in Kota Kinabalu which will include participants from across all of Borneo including Sarawak, Brunei, and Indonesia!
The Zoohackathon is a computer-coding event that brings together developers, designers, project managers, and wildlife enthusiasts to create new applications and tools to help end wildlife trafficking. For an example of a past winning entry, "Safe Souvenirs" the 2016 Global winner, educates tourists about what they should/should not buy when they are on traveling.
Along with Kota Kinabalu, Zoohackathon events will take place in 16 cities across 13 countries worldwide. First place winners from each event will compete for a grand prize, which will be announced in December.
Participants will compete in teams of 3-6 individuals for the event. Participants are encouraged to join as a pre organized team, but individual attendees are welcomed and teams can assemble during the registration period. Participants must bring their own laptops and are welcome to use their internet dongle for the event. Although there is no educational or work experience required to join, it is strongly recommended that at least some members have coding and website/app development experience. Meals and water will be provided for at the event.
For more information on the Zoohackathon, please visit the global homepage for the event.
8:00: Registration Begins
9:00 - 9:30 pm: Opening remarks
9:30: Competition Begins
(For the evening particpants are welcome to stay overnight within the event space to continue working on their project, however, they must provide their own sleeping bags).
13:00: Final Wrap Up of Projects
13:30: Teams have 5 minutes each to present projects
15:00: Judging of projects begin.
16:00 Announcement of winners, awarding of prizes, closing remarks.
WWF Malaysia, University of Malaysia Sabah, Kinabalu Koders, the Sabah Wildlife Department, and AT&T