Washington, 30 September 2021 (TDI): The US Department of State announced the Zoohackathon 2021 competition, on 28 September, via Twitter.
The Department of State explained that the competition has the goal of bringing together University students and coders. The purpose of the competition is to develop innovative technology solutions to combat wildlife trafficking.
The Department mentioned that wildlife trafficking is a global problem and a lucrative form of transnational organized crime. It threatens national security, economic prosperity, and the rule of law, pushing species to the brink of extinction, and spreads diseases.
The Department of State reaffirmed the US support for the use of technology in efforts to stop these crimes. The Media note mentioned that the Department will host nine events. Each event will include local challenges, wildlife presentations, technology experts, and network opportunities.
During the events, participants will get prizes, and a panel of judges will evaluate the solutions to choose a winner. The single country events will take place in Bolivia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Saudi Arabia, Uganda, and Vietnam.
Whereas, Central Asia, Central America, and the Dominican Republic will host Regional Events.