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Sovereign Nature Initiative and Kenya Wildlife Trust Announce a Web3 Hackathon to Protect Maasai Mara Predators

Amsterdam-based non-profit foundation, Sovereign Nature Initiative together with the Kenya Wildlife Trust have launched a month-long conservation technology program to develop new Web3 solutions for the ecosystem.

By Anna B Kiwanuka

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Amsterdam-based non-profit foundation Sovereign Nature Initiative and the Kenya Wildlife Trust (KWT), an organization committed to protecting and conserving predators and their ecology, have launched a conservation technology program to develop new Web3 solutions to address ecosystem challenges.

The hackathon will be hosted online from October to November. It will feature teams building tech in service to the balance and thriving of life on earth, with a specific focus on predator conservation efforts in Kenya.

Selected teams will work on technology during the Hackathon to assist KWT in identifying wildlife using computer vision models and onboarding these IDs while utilizing Web3 data and self-sovereign identification protocols like the KILT Protocol.

Furthermore, the teams will also employ Web3’s unique coordination-enabling capabilities to address communications and data integration conservation challenges.

The virtual competition, which will also take place in SNI’s metaverse, will build on the success of their second hackathon which took place earlier this year at De Ceuvel, an Amsterdam park dedicated to eco-architectural sustainability.

Catherine Bischoff, CEO of SNI commented on this new move saying, “First and foremost, this hackathon is an incredible opportunity to grow our community to include East African teams passionate about building tech in service to non-human life. It will also give SNI the chance to test how web3 technology and existing conservation tools can work together to support complex challenges faced by leading wildlife conservancies.”

She further expressed her merriment saying, “We are excited to connect and learn from indigenous communities about their relationships with predators, and how that could inform the development of tools which are integral to those ancient cohabitation practices.”

Irene Amoke, Executive Director at KWT added, “At KWT, we invest our time and resources to contribute to and strengthen the quality of data used to inform conservation initiatives across key ecosystems in Kenya. My team is excited about this hackathon’s impact, which will allow us to explore new territory and develop new strategies for monitoring predators, analyzing data, and supporting communities. We look forward to the outcome and implementation of creative solutions.”

According to the press statement, the confirmed judges include Irene Amoke, Executive Director – KWT, Catherine Bischoff, CEO – SNI, Memo Some, Founder and CEO – Wildnow Foundation, and Craig Beech, Executive Director – Regenerative SPACE.

There will be an offering of a coin prize: 320 Kusama tokens and 15,000 Ocean tokens, plus a 5,000 euros bounty as a reward for winning teams’ innovation and creativity at the end of the hackathon.

Applications to participate will be accepted until September 12.


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