Wildlife Crime Tech Challenge

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Happy Earth Day and happy birthday, Wildlife Crime Tech Challenge!


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Happy Earth Day! On Earth Day last year, the Challenge issued a global call for science and tech innovations to fight wildlife crime. We received 300 worthy applications, and finally chose just 16 Prize Winners, each of whom presented exciting innovations that will impact the fight against wildlife crime. These winning innovations range from solar-powered wildlife surveillance systems to data mining tools that can pinpoint digital wildlife trafficking.

One year later, the Challenge is going strong! We are hard at work helping our Prize Winners to accelerate their innovations and bring them to new markets. The Challenge recently took a trip to Austin, TX, to participate in South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive. And soon, Challenge Prize Winners will compete for one of up to four Challenge Grand Prizes worth as much as $500,000.

On Earth Day 2016, the Challenge is proud to reintroduce its 16 Prize Winners and their impactful innovations that will help fight wildlife crime. But they can’t do it alone! The Challenge is looking for people or groups to work with Prize Winners to scale and accelerate the development of their innovations. If you can help, send us an email at info@wildlifecrimetech.org.



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