The illegal wildlife trade (IWT) threatens species with extinction, as well as the livelihoods of local people who rely on wildlife-based economies. In October 2018 at the UK Government hosted global IWT conference in London, a new coalition was forged called the WILDLABS TECH HUB. Supported with seed funding from the FCO, it brings together: field experts and technology companies (big and small), including Microsoft, Amazon Web Services, the Digital Catapult and the Satellite Applications Catapult, alongside six international conservation organisations; all working to accelerate technology for conservation.
The coalition aims to (a) accelerate ‘almost there’ sustainable solutions; by matching private sector support with the needs of solutions developers, brokering the partnerships, expertise and digital infrastructure needed for implementation at scale, and (b) facilitate mechanisms to share data and machine learning algorithms, so they are accessible to a broad range of technology solutions working to tackle IWT.
The WILDLABS TECH HUB will support conservation technology solutions to achieve sustainability, secure further investment and establish partnerships to scale technology to help end wildlife crime.
RESPONSES TO ALL QUESTIONS WILL BE KEPT IN THE STRICTEST CONFIDENCE. ALL WILDLABS TECH HUB STEERING BOARD MEMBERS HAVE SIGNED AN NDA TO PROTECT ALL CONFIDENTIAL OR PROPRIETARY INFORMATION DISCLOSED DURING THE PROGRAMME.
If selected, applicants can expect that the following information will be published on WILDLABS.NET and Coalition partners communication channels. All information will be approved by the applicant in advance and the information we would like to share with the public: solution title, brief summary statement, primary Challenge issue and problem area addressed, an applicant organization (or individual), and country of incorporation (or individual country of residence). Additionally, the following information will be stored in the WILDLABS Data Library, but not shared with the public: Questionnaire Application.