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Wildlife Conservation Design Jam

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Do you want to help create innovative change in wildlife and habitat conservation and compete for prizes in the process?

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**The $10 deposit is refundable upon attendance of the entire day of the design jam. This event is only open to NYU students.**

On February 29, the Design Lab @ NYU MakerSpace will host the Wildlife Conservation Design Jam in partnership with Zooterra! The Design Jam will give students an overview of current wildlife and habitat conservation efforts and discuss the hurdles that those working on conservation are experiencing with a lack of funding and interest from younger age groups. Students will take Zooterra's current platform and ideate ways to increase gamification and drive consumer engagement. The outcome of this design jam will be for students to help transform nature conservation engagement by creating a more transparent, personalized, and fun digital experience. The hope will be for students to be inspired by the work they create during the design jam and to continue working in the wildlife and habitat conservation space. There will be up to $500 in cash prizes and the opportunity for mentorship to help further their work!

We will be joined by two amazing wildlife conservation partners: Wildlife Alliance and Wild Tomorrow Fund

To learn more, visit the Wildlife Conservation Design Jam website.

Schedule of Events

  • 9:00-9:30AM - Registration: Registration and breakfast
  • 9:30-10:30AM - Kickoff: Introductions and presentations from Zooterra and conservation partners
  • 10:30-12:00PM - Research and Ideation: Tips and guidelines from experts with mentorship through the process
  • 12:00-1:00PM - Lunch: Lunch will be served while working
  • 12:00-4:30PM - Concept Development and Prototyping: Prototyping trainings and presentation building
  • 4:30-5:00PM - Presentations: 3-5 minutes per team
  • 5:00-5:15PM - Judging and Light Refreshments: Student votes will be taken into consideration
  • 5:15-5:30PM - Winners and Wrap Up: Winners are presented with prize(s) and learn how to stay involved

Wildlife and Habitat Conservation Background

Planet Earth is going through the biggest mass extinction since dinosaurs vanished 66 million years ago. We have already lost 60% of wildlife populations and 50% of tropical forests in the last 50 years. Habitat loss is probably the greatest threat to the variety of life on this planet as it is a key factor affecting 85% of all species described in the IUCN's Red List. With human activity increasingly encroaching on natural areas, even natural protected areas are not safe. A recent study published in Science magazine shows that 33% of protected land, which is the primary defense against biodiversity loss, has been highly degraded.

Charities are a central force in attempts to save natural resources, but they have built-in limitations in their transparency and engagement of consumers. After individuals donate funds, they may receive a token gift, for example, a t-shirt or sticker, but their involvement often ends there. Therefore, the direct relationship between the individual and conservation efforts typically expires at the donation phase or tapers slowly thereafter and tends to be generic. New mediums such as digital games show the potential for a more engaging experience around nature and the potential to generate more funding for its conservation.

About Zooterra

Zooterra is looking to transform the nature conservation engagement by creating a more personalized and fun experience. Zooterra's existing platform focuses on:

  • Ownership and gamification through digital collectibles linked to specific natural areas and wildlife
  • Transparency by supporting specific projects
  • Understanding impact through stories and project updates
  • Personalization through a unique Guardian profile

Zooterra is currently supporting 4M acres of natural areas in 7 countries working in collaboration with several partners on the ground.

Their vision is to live in a world where we can enjoy healthy and thriving natural habitats and wildlife. By associating defined areas of natural land and wildlife into unique collectibles, Zooterra empowers individuals to have a stake in nature and take action to preserve it.

To learn more, visit the Wildlife Conservation Design Jam website.

The Design Lab at NYU Tandon MakerSpace will be using a Creative Commons license for all work created during the Wildlife Conservation Design Jam. This does not cover any work created by Zooterra prior to the design jam, which will remain under Zooterra copyright. Both students and Zooterra will have free access to any work created during the design jam under the Creative Commons - Attribution license.

**The $10 deposit is refundable upon attendance of the entire day of the design jam. This event is only open to NYU students.**

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