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: November
This month, we'll have three speed talks from Lucy King, Benjamin Hoffman and Casey Slaught, followed by a longer presentation from Talia Speaker and Fanni Varhelyi.
Lucy King will open this month's Variety Hour with a tour of Save the Elephant's evidence based toolbox of tried and tested methods that can help rural communities in Africa live safely with Elephants. Benjamin Hoffman is a Senior AI Research Scientist with Earth Species Project, and will talk us through his work to explore using self supervision to detect behavioral patterns in raw sensor data. Casey Slaught is a Full-stack engineer with Virunga National Park, and he'll share a handy tool he's built to host, visualize, and share massive orthomosaics and 3D models. And finally, our three-year trends report on the State of Conservation Technology launched yesterday. Talia Speaker and Fanni Varhelyi will talk us through the key trends and takeaways from this first global assessment tracking evolving perceptions and engagement in the tech for biodiversity and conservation space
Sound fun? We'll see you there!
- Lucy King | Human Elephant Coexistence: Helping Communities in Africa to Live Safely with Elephants
- Benjamin Hoffman | Benchmarking behavior classification of bio-logger data
- Casey Slaught | Drone mapping at scale: capturing, processing, and distributing aerial imagery in Virunga National Park
- Intermission | The WILDLABS Quiz with Henry Rees
- Talia Speaker & Fanni Varhelyi | The State of Conservation Technology 2023: 3 Year Trends Analysis
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 October | Join us this month to hear about a low-cost design for an aquatic stereo camera, a cost-effective design for nocturnal, infrared video recording, The Inventory, the dynamic, wiki-inspired platform we've been building for conservation tech, and a whirlwind update of google's work on AI for nature.
- Variety Hour September | Join us this month to hear about developing a Polar Bear satellite ear tag transmitter, how 3D tech is being used in forest ecology, Digital Earth Africa's work to make Earth Observation data open and accessible for the African contient, and using an open-source accelerometer to track a cryptic turtle species.
- Variety Hour August | Join us this month to hear more about the new £3.6m funding call from UKRI supporting innovation in AI for biodiversity monitoring, discover Gundi, a technology platform that allows conservationists to seamlessly integrate any hardware with any conservation software, learn how Collabora works to support open source projects, and meet the founder of ConTech Africa and hear about her work to bridge conservation issues to tech solutions.