Sixteen teams, comprising students of higher educational institutes and working professionals, demonstrated tech-based solutions to stop wildlife trafficking at the Zoohackathon event in Kolkata.
New Delhi was the first Indian city to host such an event in November 2017, while it is being held for the first time in the eastern metropolis.
All about Zoohackathon 2019
The US Consulate General Kolkata partnered with WWF-India, TRAFFIC India and the Bengal Chamber of Commerce & Industry (BCC&I) to host the two-day ‘Zoohackathon,’ which began on Saturday, November 9, 2019.
The ‘Zoohackathon,’ which started in 2016, is a global tech challenge to find technology-driven solutions to combat wildlife trafficking and the Kolkata event is part of that initiative.
Sixteen teams, each having two to six members, got five minutes to present their project before an expert panel comprising wildlife experts, a US consulate spokesman said on Sunday.
Aim of Zoohackathon
The ‘Zoohackathon,’ being held all over the world, aims to bring together students of higher educational institutes and wildlife enthusiasts.
Each team is given 48 hours each to develop technology-based solutions to address wildlife trafficking challenges.
The event is being organised in 16 cities, including Kolkata and New Delhi, across 14 different countries this year.
Zoohackathon being held in New Delhi
The US Embassy, TRAFFIC and WWF-India are hosting the 2019 Zoohackathon in New Delhi on November 16-17, 2019.