Conservation Hackathon

4th April 2014,Rain Making Loft, London, E1W 1UN (Map)

The Centre for Biodiversity and Environment Research (CBER), University College London and the Institute of Zoology, Zoological Society of London are starting a Conservation Hackathon series. These events aim to bring together groups from the technical (programming, web technologies, data) and the conservation and ecology communities to address interesting and important problems in conservation and ecology.

Our hope is that by bringing together researchers who are addressing some of the greatest conservation and ecology challenges together with a community with cutting-edge skills and a passion for technology, we can begin to tackle some of most pressing challenges in conservation and ecology. The first Conservation Hackathon will be held at the Rainmaking Loft in St Katharine’s Docks on the 4th April 2014 for 24hrs from 6pm to 6pm. Coffee and food will be provided.

We have a list of initial projects avilable online at where you can add ideas/problems and vote. All ideas are welcome, but problems that you think could be meaningfully tackled (at least initially) within the period and that there may be data available for might work best(IUCN/GBIF/Dryad)? These need not be concrete, well-formed problems – perhaps just something you thought might be interesting to try and that needs technical input, or something broad (“How to visualise global biodiversity”) that might generate ideas and discussion. All are welcome!

We will propose a small number of problems at the event and at the end of 24hrs, the results/products will be presented judged, and prizes given! We aim for all results to be open-source and will be collated and publicly presented on a Conservation Hackathon site.

We will send registration details out shortly but in the meantime please do let us know if you would be interested in attending.

We're looking forward to the event and look forward to seeing you there!
Robin & Lizzie

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