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WILDLABS Tech Hub Showcase

Date: 29 May 2019 17:00 - 29 May 2019 20:00

The WILDLABS Tech Hub Showcase on Wednesday 29 May will feature solutions tackling the illegal wildlife trade with innovative technology.

The illegal wildlife trade threatens the very existence of species such as tigers, rhino, and pangolins. Technology offers hope in the battle against this destructive illegal market.

The WILDLABS Tech Hub is helping to advance innovative solutions taking on the illegal wildlife trade. It brings together the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Digital Catapult, Satellite Applications Catapult, Amazon Web Services, Microsoft, and six international conservation partners supporting WILDLABS.NET. From this network, the solutions have access to a wide range of resources, including technical consultation with cloud experts, business model design sprints, and connection to in-field labs for testing and feedback.

Why you should attend

This showcase is an opportunity to hear first-hand how these solutions are scaling their technology, and achieving sustainability, in the drive to make a lasting difference. From cutting-edge forensic technology and open hardware, to cloud-enabled data aggregation and satellite networks, the participants in the WILDLABS Tech Hub represent a diverse and inspiring cross-section of approaches.

As well as their journey and progress to date, you will learn about the advances of four companies in the conservation technology sector, what the future holds for their solutions, and how you can get involved.

The companies will present the following solutions:

  • An IoT and web platform that can transmit images from remote cameras or live video streams to AI modules which search for relevant threats (people, vehicles, animals), and can alert users in real time.
  • A constellation of lightweight and low-cost satellites to track tiny, low-cost sensors deployed on animals, vehicles, etc. Real-time, accurate satellite-based location tracking anywhere, at low cost.
  • Open-source acoustic hardware and software for environmental & wildlife monitoring, with existing applications including automating the search for an elusive insect species, monitoring poaching by gunshot, and listening for ultrasonic bat calls.
  • A fingerprint database available internationally for the storage and search of fingerprints from people involved in or believed to be involved in wildlife crime and fingermarks from wildlife crime scenes.


  • 18:00 – Arrivals
  • 19:00 – Opening & welcome
  • 19:05 – Impact of the illegal wildlife trade
  • 19:10 – WILDLABS Tech Hub
  • 19:15 – Talks from solutions
  • 19:50 – Closing remarks
  • 20:00 – Networking & exhibition
  • 21:00 – Event close

If you are interested in attending the event or finding out how the illegal wildlife trade can be tackled with innovative technology, register your interest below.