HWC Tech Challenge - Asian Elephant Case

Join the Human Wildlife Conflict Tech Challenge!

In India alone, an average of 400 people and 100 elephants are killed every year as a result of human-wildlife conflict. You can help prevent this. 

WWF and WILDLABS challenge you to develop a new, or improved, technology tool to reduce such interactions between humans and elephants. The winning solution will receive a prize of up to 30,000 EUR. With this prize, you will refine your solution and field test it with the support of WWF's landscape teams.

The Challenge

Design a smart and integrated system incorporating existing tools to enhance the effectiveness of electric fences. The system should:

  • Detect when and where in electric fences power leaks away due to drought or obstructing vegetation that hamper full conductivity; 
  • Detect when and where an electric fence is broken by an elephant and identify the behavior of that particular animal. This will foster learning and further improvement of fence design;
  • Detect elephants approaching crop fields or villages in an early stage to allow people to respond appropriately and in a timely manner.

Ready to develop your idea? 

If you have an idea that could address this challenge, make sure you visit our detailed HWC Tech Challenge Asian Elephant Case. It's packed full of background information about the challenge, local conditions, present solutions and the interventions that are currently being used but require improvement. In essence, all the information you need to inform your tool design process. 

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