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Happy Earth Day and Happy 2nd Birthday, Wildlife Crime Tech Challenge!

We’ve come a long way! Our Prize Winners are working hard to fight wildlife crime

Happy 2nd Birthday to the Wildlife Crime Tech Challenge! On Earth Day 2015, the Challenge issued a global call for science and tech innovations to fight wildlife crime. Two years on, the Challenge has awarded more than $1 million in funding to 16 prize-winning innovators engaged in the fight against wildlife crime, sent Prize Winners to networking events around the world, took South by Southwest and the IUCN World Conservation Congress by storm, hosted Prize Winners for an acceleration “boot camp” in Washington, D.C., and connected our Prize Winners to partners, funders, and technical advisors that have helped them scale their groundbreaking innovations.

On Earth Day, the world turns its attention to the many challenges facing our environment. This Earth Day, we are exceptionally proud of our Prize Winners, each of whom is working to fight wildlife crime, which threatens the survival of many wildlife species and undermines decades of conservation and development gains around the world. From mobile phone apps that tackle Indonesia’s illegal songbird markets to fake sea turtle eggs equipped with hidden GPS trackers to innovations in data science and wildlife surveillance technology, our Prize Winners and Grand Prize Winners are changing the way we combat illegal wildlife trade.

If you’re inspired to take action this Earth Day, consider learning more about the illegal wildlife trade, and how innovators are using the power of science and technology to fight against it. As always, our Prize Winners are looking for partners, organizations, individuals, and funding agencies that can help them scale their solutions. If you would like more information, get in touch at info@wildlifecrimetech.org

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