Vienna Zoohackathon

The “Elephant House” at the Vienna Zoo (Courtesy of the Vienna Zoo)

Austria is not known as a source country for the illegal wildlife trade, however it is often a destination or transit country for trafficked animals or products from trafficked wildlife. Many tourists do not know which products are prohibited, such as parrots, orchids, or products from ivory or reptiles. In the first half of 2019 alone, the Austrian Customs Authority confiscated 52 products – including snakes and furs from bears and panthers – that violated the world’s international convention on endangered species, CITES.

Species protection and the conservation of biodiversity are also important issues in Austria. 4,000 plant and animal species in the country are threatened with extinction. The government, NGOS, the Vienna Zoo, and others run numerous projects to protect these species, including the wildcat (2019 “Animal of the Year”), the European squirrel, the hoopoe, and many other mammals, reptiles, birds and fish.

Austria also hosts the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), which plays a central role in combating the illegal wildlife trade that threatens species, communities and ecosystems worldwide.

The U.S. Embassy is partnering with the Austrian Ministry of Digital and Economic Affairs and the Vienna Zoo, the world’s oldest zoo and winner of “best zoo of Europe” in 2010, 2012, 2014, and 2018. The Vienna Zoo hosts 700 different species, many of which are endangered, and enjoys an excellent reputation for hosting research and education conservation activities at the Zoo and in the field around the world.

The 2019 Zoohackathon Vienna will held at the Zoo’s Elephant House, where participants will hack and innovate alongside the Zoo’s newest addition Kibali, a baby wild bull elephant from South Africa.

When: Saturday, November 16 to Sunday, November 17, 2019
(a 24-hour coding competition)

Where: "Elephant House" at Vienna's Schönbrunn Zoo
Maxingstraße 13B
1130 Vienna
Google Maps Link:

Who: Students and young entrepreneurs. 

How to Register:
Participants should form teams of 4-6 people. Individuals that do not have a full team can sign up, but they should expect to be paired with others to form a full team.
Participants will receive a detailed event program after registration. Problem statements will be available two weeks before the event.

Register here

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