Kolkata holds its first Zoohackathon, a tech-challenge tocombat wildlife trafficking

Kolkata holds its first Zoohackathon, a tech-challenge tocombat wildlife trafficking Kolkata, Nov 10 (PTI) Sixteen teams, comprisingstudents of higher educational institutes and workingprofessionals, demonstrated tech-based solutions to stopwildlife trafficking at an event here.

New Delhi was the first Indian city to host suchan event in November 2017, while it is being held for thefirst time in the eastern metropolis.

The U.S. Consulate General Kolkata is partnering withWWF-India, TRAFFIC India and the Bengal Chamber of Commerce &Industry (BCC&I) to host the two-day 'Zoohackathon', whichbegan here on Saturday.

The 'Zoohackathon', which had started in 2016, is aglobal tech challenge to find technology-driven solutions tocombat wildlife trafficking and the Kolkata event is part ofthat initiative.

Sixteen teams, each having two to six members, gotfive minutes to present their project before an expert panelcomprising wildlife experts, a US consulate spokesman saidhere on Sunday.

'The participating teams create solutions to helpdetect traffickers and educate the public through mobile appsand other software. At the end of the 'Zoohackathon', teamspresent their solutions to a panel of judges,' he said.

The 'Zoohackathon', being held all over the world,aims to brings together students of higher educationalinstitutes and wildlife enthusiasts. Each team is given 48hours each to develop technology-based solutions to addresswildlife trafficking challenges.

The event is being organised in 16 cities, includingKolkata and New Delhi, across 14 different countries thisyear. PTI SUSMM MM