You’re invited to the WILDLABS Variety Hour, our monthly community event connecting you to the exciting projects, research, and ideas that are happening in conservation tech right now. Brought to you with the support of our partner Amazon Web Services (AWS), we're excited to bring you a whole new season right through 2023.
You never know what you’ll find and who you’ll meet at our Variety Hour, and that’s part of the fun! You might catch speed talks from community members working around the world, learn from a leading conservation tech expert, discover a new tool, test your wildlife trivia skills, find a great opportunity - maybe you’ll even do all of the above.
The WILDLABS Variety Hour isn’t a show, or a lecture, or a workshop. It's an engaging, fun, and interactive gathering, giving you a welcoming space to share your own projects and resources, ask and answer questions, have insightful conversations, meet collaborators, make friends, and get to know the conservation tech community in a new way.
Great ideas and discussions are sparked when people who share a passion for conservation tech unite. When you come along to the Variety Hour, you’re joining a space full of people who care about conservation tech just like you; when you leave the Variety Hour, we hope you’ll take away fresh inspiration and the knowledge that you belong to a global community who are making an impact in our field all around the world.
The Variety Hour: August
This month, Elsa Roeber will talk about Gundi, meaning “glue” in Swahili, a technology platform that allows conservationists to seamlessly integrate any hardware with any conservation software. Simon Gardner, Head of Digital Environment at NERC, will pop in to share more about their open £3.6m funding call supporting innovation in tools for automating image analysis for biodiversity monitoring. Collabora's Marcus Edel will share more about how their team is looking to support conservationists in navigating open source projects. Alina Peter Daati will come on to share more about her new initiative, ConTech Africa, which is working to bridge conservation issues effectively with tech solutions. Sound fun? We'll see you there!
- Elsa Roeber | Gundi: The Universal Adaptor for Conservation Technologies
- Simon Gardner | NERC Funding Call: Tools for automating image analysis for biodiversity monitoring
- Intermission | The WILDLABS Quiz with Ellie Warren
- Marcus Edel | Collabora: Navigating the ever-evolving world of Open Source
- Alina Peter Daati | ConTech Africa: Bridging conservation issues to tech solutions
Can't wait for this Variety Hour? Why not check out our past events! You can find all of the on our YouTube Channel.
- Variety Hour June Join us this month where we will explore a project from Australia that's using drones, underwater cameras and AI to monitor tropic freshwater fish in Kakadu NP, introduce NBM: the Nocturnal Bird Migration project tracking birds with bioacoustics and AI, get a report from the World Oceans Passive Acoustic Monitoring Day, and learn about using autonomous recording units to monitor a mainland African penguin colony.
- Variety Hour May | This month, Jared Marley joins us to talk about his team's new Luminous tracking collar, Andrea Santy will introduce the $11M XPRIZE Wildfire, a 4-year competition to innovate firefighting technologies that will end destructive wildfires, Ellie Warren will share the things she wished you knew about effectively showcasing your work for conservation tech readers, and Luciano Foglia will talk about his efforts to develop a system for monitoring snow leopards in Kyrgyzstan. Sound interesting? We'll see you there!
- Variety Hour April | Jorge Fernández Berni joins us to talk about his team's new spin off BiodAIverse, Leila Guici shares key takeaways from GSMA and REDAA research into the role digital solutions can play in improving natural resource management, focusing particularly on the power dynamics of using such technologies among local communities. We'll hear from two project Ruth Oliver is leading - one using GPS data to look at wildlife behavior during the pandemic and the other looking at how camera trapping data can close biodiversity data gaps. And finally, Henrik Cox and the Sentinel AI team will walk us through their efforts to build a system to make wildlife monitoring as easy as possible.
- Variety Hour March | Rachel Lim joins us to talk about the the Silverstand Biodiversity Accelerator+, Sako Arts shares the work of FruitPunch AI, which is helping impact organisations and conservation projects crowdsource AI solutions. Carly Batist shares an update about Arbimon, a tool for ecoacoustic data. Tom August, who leads our popular Autonomous Camera Traps for Insects group, shares the collaborative work underway to develop better tools for insect monitoring.
- Variety Hour February | Learn about Google Earth Engine vs Microsoft's Planetary Computer with Gilberto Câmara, ChatGPT for Conservation with Josh Seltzer, an introduction to Moveapps with Andrea Kölzsch, and learn about Abhijit Kumar Nageshkumar's project aiming to build a radio telemetry system to track turtles in India.