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: October
This month, we'll have three speed talks from Katie Dunkley, Jay Stafstrom and Jake Burton & Holly Cormack, followed by a longer presentation from Dan Morris.
Katie Dunkley and Jay Stafstrom have both been pushing the boundaries of camera technology, developing new designs and systems for low-cost remote monitoring in marine and nocturnal environments. Jake Burton and Holly Cormack will offer you the first look at The Inventory, a WILDLABS project to build a dynamic, collaborative, wiki-inspired database of conservation technology. We're now welcoming beta testers onto the Inventory, so come a long to learn more about how you can get involved! Finally, Dan Morris will do 'a bunch of lightning talks inside a lightning talk', so tune in to hear a whirlwind tour of some of the AI for nature work he and the google team have been hard at work on!
Sound fun? We'll see you there!
- Katie Dunkley | Open-Source design guide for a low-cost, long-running aquatic stereo camera
- Jay Stafstrom | Shedding light on nocturnal behavior: A cost-effective solution for remote, infrared video recording in the field
- Jake Burton & Holly Cormack | The Inventory: Rise of the Conservation Tech Wiki
- Intermission | The WILDLABS Quiz with Henry Rees
- Dan Morris | Come for the trees and geese, stay for the AI: using computer vision for urban forestry and wildlife monitoring
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 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.
- 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.