Wildlife Crime Tech Challenge

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Meet the Wildlife Crime Tech Challenge Finalists

Congratulations to our Finalists! Forty-four individuals and organizations presented exceptional innovations, distinguishing themselves from among a talented pool of 300 diverse applicants from around the world. Finalists were invited to submit a Prize Application for a chance to win a Prize Package of $10,000, technical assistance, networking support, and recognition to further their solutions. Prize Winners had the chance to win a Grand Prize of $500,000 and additional recognition and technical assistance.

Forty of our Finalists are showcased below (the remaining four have chosen to remain anonymous). You can explore their profiles using the map below to sort by region, or hover over the four Challenge issue icons to sort by issue. In both cases, solutions are listed in alphabetical order by the individual or organization’s name.

Map of the world Africa: South Africa Africa: Kenya North America: Canada, Mexico, and U.S. Latin America & the Caribbean: Brazil and Colombia Asia & the Pacific: Australia, China, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Thailand Europe & Eurasia: France, Switerland, United Kingdom Europe & Eurasia: Finland


Africa | Asia & the Pacific | Europe & Eurasia | Latin America & the Caribbean | North America

map of world highlighting regions where finalist submitted solutions to detect transit routes

Detect Transit Routes



Innovations to Detect Transit Routes

Passive acoustic monitoring and automated detection of shark finning boats off Cocos Island

WILDETECT – Detecting illegally traded wildlife via a bio-mimicry enabled artificial sniffer

Satellite imagery and geospatial predictive analytics to address wildlife trafficking

Using social media data to fill information gaps on the illegal wildlife trade

ALERTA: Mapping, campaigning and halting the illegal bird trade in Western Brazil

The Online Wildlife Problem Analysis Module (OWPAM)

Enforcement Gaps Interface

A real-time global platform for mapping, forecasting, and network assessment of wildlife crime

Tracking poachers with satellite-enabled wildlife camera traps

The trade of endangered sea turtle eggs: Detecting and monitoring regional transit routes

Global identification and tracking of unmonitored marine vessels: tracking the 'dark fleet'

WILD LEO: A Simple Tool for Interagency Collaboration in Monitoring Wildlife Trafficking in Uganda

Wildlife protection network www.conserva.co

TrailGuards - concealed smart cameras along routes used by poachers with real-time communication

Instant Detect - exposing the movement of poachers in real-time

map of the world highlighting regions where finalists submitted solutions to strengthen forensic evidence

Strengthen Forensic Evidence



Innovations to Strengthen Forensic Evidence

e-Eye® (Electronic Eye): Real-time Anti‐Poaching, Surveillance & Wildlife Tracking System

The sequence genotyping and high throughput sequences as forensic tools for the species protection

Building wildlife genetic (DNA) database to assist in the fight against wildlife crime in South Asia

Combining landscape genomics and connectivity to protect vulnerable wildlife in Central Africa

Low cost sensor mesh for real-time alerting and rapid response

Digitizing ASEAN legal handbook on wildlife crime

The JIGZAW information collaboration project

Live digital invoices for real-time data analytics to enhance detection of illegal wildlife trade

Enhancing bird market monitoring in Indonesia through smart phone technology

Global traceability knowledge system for reptile skins

Universal species identification in the field by rapid and affordable nanopore DNA sequencing

Using DNA based forensic techniques to address wildlife trafficking at a regional scale

LifeScanner - Wildlife

Internationalization of RhODIS® and eRhODIS™ as benchmark forensic tools to combat wildlife crime

Rapid chemical odor profiling for frontline identification of illegal wildlife products

High throughput methods for locating source populations in the illegal wildlife trade

Conservation of threatened Indonesian slow lorises using DNA-based forensic methods to tackle trade

map of world highlighting the regions where finalists submitted solutions to reduce demand

Reduce Consumer Demand



Innovations to Reduce Consumer Demand

A Project of Baidu Technology Laboratory for Public Welfare

WeChat-based Wildlife Conservation Integrated Communication Plan Targeting Chinese Communities in Africa

Tank Watch - The Good Fish/Bad Fish Tool for Saltwater Aquariums

iTHINK - an animal selfie app to create awareness

Making ivory trade socially unacceptable in Thailand

map of world highlighting the regions where finalists submitted solutions to tackle corruption

Tackle Corruption



Innovations to Tackle Corruption

Network for Environmental Crimes Targeting (NECTAR)

Legal Atlas Toolkit on Wildlife Trade Law

Secured Internet Wildlife Crime Reporting System

Ground-truthing anti-poaching response through SMART-enabled sensors