The Future of Animals Depends on Us

Do you have programming or design skills? Would you like to make the world safer for endangered species, and win over $1000 value in local prizes and possible support from the US State Department to implement your idea? Join us for the fourth annual Zoohackathon— sponsored by the U.S. State Department— to create solutions to international wildlife trafficking. You'll form teams to address illegal animal capture and trade. This year, in addition to our event, another 15 Zoohackathon events will take place across the globe, in all regions of the world.


There is a new provision for off-site participation at a reduced rate. 

** please note that only small number of registered attendees have set up profiles here on DevPost - actually many more people are attending **

Zoohackathon solutions can take many different forms including websites, mobile apps, website extensions, online databases, and software. At each competition, an expert panel of judges selects a winning solution. A Washington DC-based committee then reviews the local winning solutions and chooses a global winner. The global winner wins a prize and will potentially receive support to further develop and deploy their solution.

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$4,760 in prizes

First Place Prize

We will be awarding winners with behind-the-scenes safari park tours with retail value over $2800.

Second Place

Admission to park for six (6) plus special behind-the-scenes tour of our facilities.

Third Place

Admission to the park for six (6) plus special behind-the-scenes tour of our facilities

Honorable Mention

Admission to the zoo or park for two (2). Judges recognition of special effort or unique contribution.

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Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:



All participants must RSVP for the Zoohackathon through the respective host site registration webpage located at To find a complete list of upcoming events, visit  Zoohackathon organizers reserve the right to verify eligibility and to adjudicate on any dispute at any time.  All teams and individuals should register as private individuals, representing only themselves, and not on behalf of their employers.  Only works created between the start and end time of each entrant’s selected event location are eligible for prizes.



Participants planning to attend an in-person event will register for their city’s event via Eventbrite or other specified website.  A complete list of 2019 events is available on  It is the responsibility of each host site to collect the name and email contact information for every participant.

All event attendees will also need to create an account on DevPost ( This is the platform where participants will need to submit and upload their final projects before the end of the Zoohackathon. Participants will also need to register for an account with a code sharing platform such as GitHub ( or Bitbucket ( – these platforms can help facilitate collaborative coding and broader sharing and accessibility of codebases. GitHub or similar sites also have ways to track lines of code committed and the amount of subsequent reach of those codebases (e.g. the number of times a code base has been cloned/downloaded).

Throughout the events, participants will work in teams to create solutions that can help solve the problems indicated in the problem statement of their choice. Teams may be composed of 2-6 individuals unless otherwise specified by the local host site.  Please contact the event organizers for more details on this.

Presentations and supporting content should be uploaded prior to the end of the event.  

In fact, the winning team from each host site, identified by the panel of judges is required to upload their Zoohackathon presentation and applicable content online on DevPost and GitHub (or a similar platform) before the end of their Zoohackathon in order to be eligible for the 2019 global prize. Each entrant/participant listed on a submission must have registered with the site through Eventbrite site and have registered accounts with these platforms.

All submissions must include a 2-5 minute demonstration (e.g. PowerPoint) or other visual digital presentation of the application /prototype/ or solution. 


Gabriel Miller

Gabriel Miller
San Diego Zoo





Judging Criteria

  • Quality of Idea/Innovation
  • Impact
  • Interface
  • Presentation

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