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: February
This month, we're picking up an emerging converation in the community about ChatGPT, and have invited Josh Seltzer open up the debate in the Variety Hour setting. Andrea Kölzsch will introduce Moveapps, a no-code analysis platform for animal tracking data and winner of the 2022 Conservation Tech Award. Hari Prasath and Abhijit Kumar Nageshkumar will share their work to develop a system to monitor green turtles in India. Finally, Dr. Gilberto Câmara will talk about important cloud services for Earth observation (EO) data analysis like Google Earth Engine (GEE) or Microsoft Planetary Computer (MPC) - but what are the strong points of each? What are their weaknesses? Join to learn more!
- Josh Seltzer: ChatGPT for Conservation (7 mins)
- Dr Andrea Kölzsch: Moveapps: A no-code analysis platform for animal tracking data (7 min)
- Hari Prasath and Abhijit Kumar Nageshkumar: Developing a radio telemetry system to study green turtle movements in India (7 min)
- Intermission: The WILDLABS Quiz
Dr. Gilberto Câmara: Big Earth Observation Data Analysis: What separates the offerings from Google, Microsoft, and others? (15 mins)
This talk will discuss the current status of the data and tools available for users to analyse big Earth observation data set. As a result of decision by major space agencies to make their EO data openly available, large IT organisations such as Google, Microsoft, and Amazon have build data and analysis services. The European Commission is also building a comparable service. Although most of the data available in these services is similar, there are considerable differences on the analysis services available to users and their terms of service. This talk will present what is currently available and the possible evolution of these services in the near future.
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 August | Learn about challenges tracking sharks & rays from Sammy Andrzejaczek, hear an update from the AudioXD workshop from Justin Kitzes, have an introduction to Firetail data tool from Tobias Petri, & learn about The Nature Conservancy's mesh camera network project from Nathaniel Rindlaub.
- Variety Hour September | Featuring Adrià López-Baucells talking about technologies to monitor bats in Kenya. , Felipe Vallejo shares his work monitoring hawksbill turtles in Equador, Laura Kloepper shares how she's building custom electronics for a hawk to carry through bat communities, and David Johnston talks about his incredible work with drones & whale tags in Antarctica.
- Variety Hour October | Featuring talks from David Rolnick introducing the Climate Change AI Community, Melanie Smith walking through the Bird Migration Explorer Platform, Christian Rossi shares the upcoming Earth Observation 101 Virtual Series, and Adrian Dellecker asks 'Is there a future for conservation NFTs?'
- Vareity Hour November | Featuring Club Arribada, an after-school conservation tech training programme in Principe, discover how you can use our new Conservation Tech Training and Education Group, and hear about building tech capacity among female conservationists in Kenya.
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