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The U.S. Department of State runs Zoohackathon, a global competition to develop new
and innovative technological tools to fight wildlife trafficking. U.S. Embassies around
the world host Zoohackathon events following the hackathon model. Over 48 hours,
university students, coders, scientists, and wildlife enthusiasts collaborate in teams at zoos, wildlife organizations, technology start-up facilities, and education centers to create software solutions for real wildlife conservation problems. Zoohackathon solutions can take many different forms including websites, mobile apps, website extensions, online databases, and software. At each competition, an expert panel of judges selects a winning solution. A Washington DC-based committee then reviews the local winning solutions and chooses a global winner. The global winner wins a prize and will potentially receive support to further develop and deploy their solution.

To find a complete list of zoohackathon events worldwide, visit

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$7,500 in prizes

First Place Prize

The first place team will win a trip to Leticia to engage with authorities at the Amacayacu National Park. Flights, ground transportation, and four nights of lodging at the National Park will be provided free of cost to the winning team, with the exact dates to be determined by the Zoohackathon organizers. The winning team will also win $5,000 in Amazon Web Services credits.

Second Place Prize

The second place team will win $2,500 in Amazon Web Services credits, and the third place team will win $1,000 in Amazon Web Services credits.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:



All participants must RSVP for the Zoohackathon through registration webpage located at To find a complete list of zoohackathon events worldwide, visit  Zoohackathon organizers reserve the right to verify eligibility and to adjudicate on any dispute at any time.  All teams and individuals should register as private individuals, representing only themselves, and not on behalf of their employers.  Only works created between the start and end time of each entrant’s selected event location are eligible for prizes.




Participants planning to attend an in-person event will register for Bogotá’s event via  A complete list of 2019 events is available on

All event attendees will also need to create an account on DevPost ( This is the platform where participants will need to submit and upload their final projects after the Zoohackathon events are over.   Participants will also need to register for an account with the code sharing platform GitHub ( – which will help facilitate collaborative coding and broader sharing and accessibility of codebases. GitHub has ways to track lines of code committed and the amount of subsequent reach of those codebases (e.g. the number of times a code base has been cloned/downloaded).

Throughout the events, participants will work in teams to create solutions that can help solve the problems indicated in the problem statement of their choice.  Teams may be composed of 2-4 individuals.

Presentations and supporting content should be uploaded to DevPost and GitHub as soon as possible once the events are over.  The winning team from each host site, identified by the panel of judges must upload their Zoohackathon presentation and applicable content online on DevPost and GitHub in order to be eligible for the 2019 global prize. Each entrant/participant listed on a submission must have registered with and have registered accounts with these platforms.

All submissions must include a 2-5 minute demonstration (e.g. PowerPoint) or other visual digital presentation of the application /prototype/ or solution.


Andrew Chapman

Andrew Chapman
U.S. Department of State




Ministry of Environment


Amazon Web Services

Judging Criteria

  • Quality of Idea/Innovation
  • Impact
  • Interface
  • Presentation


  • Machine Learning/ AI
  • Communication
  • Social Good