By Asia Reporter, Nina Rygh

Zoohackathon, a tech challenge to find technology-driven solutions for fighting wildlife crime, was once again organized by the U.S. Embassy, TRAFFIC and WWF-India.

Zoohackathon brings together coders, wildlife enthusiasts, and designers in different cities around the world to spend a weekend developing technology-focused solutions to address illegal wildlife trade. 

The event was held in Mumbai on September 15-16, 2018 and will be in New Delhi on September 22-23, 2018. While the first Zoohackathon took place in 2016, in London, Sydney, Washington DC, San Diego, and Seattle, this is India’s second time hosting this event.

Zoohackathon was conceptualized as a response to the threats of illicit wildlife trade and the growing involvement of organized criminal syndicates that are putting increased pressures on many wildlife species, as well as posing a threat to national and global security, governance, and anti-corruption efforts. The hackathon challenges participants to develop innovative solutions that can contribute to the fight against wildlife trafficking.

The U.S. Department of State will provide problem statements to all 2018 host sites. Participants will then have all weekend to create a technology-based solution, including through the use of websites, mobile apps, and new software. At the end of the hackathon, participants will present their work to an expert panel of judges who will designate a local winner for the global prize.

The global winner will be announced on World Cheetah Day, 4th December, 2018.