In India alone, an average of 400 people and 100 elephants are killed every year as a result of human-wildlife conflict. In the past four years, 101 people have also lost their lives to tigers in India. In the Arctic, hundreds of ‘conflict polar bears’ have been killed over the last two decades. These species are all listed as vulnerable or endangered on the IUCN Red List.
We need better solutions - and we need your help! If you're an engineer, designer, innovative thinker or maker, WWF and WILDLABS challenge you to create new or improved tools to prevent conflict between humans and wildlife. If you come up with the best solution, we'll support you with a prize of 30,000 EUR to further develop and test your idea in the field.
UPDATE: The Human Wildlife Conflict Tech Challenge closed on the 12th of September, 2017. Thank you for all your submissions and enthusiasm over the past months! These proposals are now under review by an independent panel of HWC and technology experts. We will announce the two winners on the 1st November, 2017. Until that time, we will continue to keep you informed throughout this exciting process here in this dedicated WILDLABS HWC Tech Challenge Community Group.