Help the Wildlife Crime Tech Challenge Get to SXSW 2016!

shutterstock_139668457USAID’s Wildlife Crime Tech Challenge has an opportunity to live demo some very promising wildlife tech solutions at SXSW 2016, but first the project needs your help!

The Challenge has applied to host a panel at SXSW Interactive 2016, one of the world’s top social innovation summits. Public voting, which begins August 10, 2015, accounts for 30% of SXSW’s PanelPicker process. While Integra thinks the proposal is great, competition is fierce and the Challenge would love your vote.

The project’s panel would feature two Challenge Prize Winners demonstrating the technologies they’ve developed to disrupt wildlife trafficking. These could potentially include apps, geospatial systems, and animal-mounted sensors. The Challenge expect to announce Prize Winners in late fall of 2015, so SXSW could potentially be the first showcase of these exciting innovations!

To learn more about the proposal and cast your vote, you’ll need to log into the SXSW PanelPicker page. Here’s how:

    1. Click here to log in to the SXSW PanelPicker page. Click “Create Account” under the blue “Sign In” button to create your free account if you don’t already have one. You should receive a confirmation email to activate your account. Once it is activated, enter your email address/password, and click the blue “Sign In” button.
    2. Visit our voting page directly or search for the proposal by choosing the “Search/Vote” tab. The proposal is titled “Fighting Wildlife Crime with Tech Innovation”.
    3. Once you are on the voting page, click the thumbs up to vote!

Voting ends on Friday September 4, 2015, so there’s plenty of time to ask your friends on TwitterFacebook, and LinkedIn to vote for the Challenge as well. We hope to see you at SXSW 2016, and in the meantime, stay tuned and thanks for joining the fight against wildlife crime.

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