December 18, 2015: Hacking for wildlife: students use technology to save the animals

PHOTO: UIC College of Engineering computer science graduate students (L-R) Filippo Pellolio, Marco Cavallo and Andrea Rottigni at the Chicago Hackathon for Wildlife challenge. Photo: Internet of Elephants/Solstice Mobile.


The challenge was inspired by public backlash over the hunting of Cecil the Lion in July, when hashtags like #justiceforcecil, #savethelions and #bantrophyhunting began viral trends. The Chicago Hackathon for Wildlife challenge was organized by the Internet of Elephants, an organization that supports collaborations between nonprofit organizations and technologists, and held at Solstice Mobile, a Chicago software company.

Sixty participants from around the world formed teams of two to five members. Four winning teams were announced for overall best, best use of technology, best impact to conservation and best prototype. UIC Computer Science and EVL exchange students from the Politecnico di Milano in Italy - Filippo Pellolio, Marco Cavallo and Andrea Rottigni (Team Italy) - came in second for best prototype, having worked 36 hours straight on their entry, "Wildlife Defense."

For more information, see the UIC NEWS article "Hacking for wildlife: students use technology to save the animals" by Francisca Corona, published December 17, 2015:
http://news.uic.edu/hacking-for-wildlife-students-use-technology-to-save-the-animals











































 
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