Living in Mumbai, it’s easy to forget that we are surrounded by nature. Thane creek supports hundreds of bird species and provides the nesting grounds for thousands of flamingoes every year. Sanjay Gandhi National Park is home to the greatest density of leopards in India. While this proximity allows us to enjoy nature, it also puts these species at risk. According to the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau, Mumbai is a transit hub for trafficking of protected animals. Seventy percent of seizures made between 2012 and 2018 in Maharashtra, Goa, and Gujarat were from the Mumbai metropolitan region. Police and forest officials have found snakes, birds, tiger parts, turtles, and more. Mumbai is a transit city for illicit wildlife trade, both physically and virtually. This is why it is so important to find new, innovative, and technical solutions to fight wildlife crimes. Join WWF-India, TRAFFIC India, and the U.S. Consulate, and team up with other enthusiastic individuals in tech and conservation in a competition to find the best solutions to end wildlife trafficking.
There is an urgent need for knowledge and action in order to stop wildlife trafficking. Technological innovation is crucial to help quickly solve some of these challenges. The Zoohackathon is a computer-coding event that brings together developers, designers, project managers, and subject matter experts to create new applications, systems, and tools to help reduce wildlife trafficking.
The U.S. Consulate, WWF-India, and TRAFFIC India are proud to host the 2018 Zoohackathon in Mumbai. We hope to mobilize participants to come up with technological tools and solution to address wildlife crime.
September 15-16, 2018
91A, Lalbaug Flyover, Near Byculla Railway Station, Byculla East
Mazgaon, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400027