On the 12th day of June this year, a passionate and curious group of individuals from different fields gathered together to talk about tech and conservation. Themed On The Ground, the 6th edition of the Tech Meets Conservation series uncovered and opened their minds to a lot of the potential problems that people fighting for our wildlife face in their line of work. This was possible due to the experience of a team from the iHub and MIT Media Lab that had the opportunity to visit Tsavo and gain valuable first-hand insight from conservationists in the heat of the action. For more details, see the recap here.
In a bid to continue informing the tech community about opportunities for them in the conservation space, we shall be having our next meetup thisThursday, 31stJuly, from06:30 – 07:30PM. The theme for this edition will be Wildlife Tech - is it viable?,as we discuss what exactly tech can (or can’t) do for the fight to save our wildlife.To give us anindustryperspective, we are honoured to be hosting the founding chief executive officer of theKenya Wildlife Conservancies Association (KWCA), Mr. Dickson Ole Kaelo. His conservation work experience includes management positions at Basecamp Foundation, International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), Koiyaki Lemek Wildlife Trust and Ewaso Ngiro South Development Authority. His 14 years of engagement in the Maasai Mara ecosystem resulted in the formation of 4 conservancies; Olare Orok, Motorogi, Mara North and Naboisho Conservancies and improved coordination among 16 conservancies within the greater Maasai Mara ecosystem.
(Photo credits to National Geographic)
We all think technology has a role to play in conservation. But we may not fully understand what role that may be and how we can contribute to it with our various technical skills. Join us this Thursday at 6:30PM as we hear from a seasoned champion of our wildlife on what part we have to play in a war that is becoming increasingly important in saving our national heritage. Grab your ticket here.
(Featured image courtesy of Colin Raney)