ICJS lecturer speaks at international coding event

zoohackathonDr Brian Chappell, of the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies (ICJS), took coders and conservationists back to basics when he gave a talk on human intelligence-gathering at technology event Zoohackathon.

Brian’s presentation at the London Zoo event focused on the value of talking to people in the detection of wildlife crime and encouraging them to report problems.

Organised by the U.S. Department of State and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and launched in 2016, the Zoohackathon is an international computer coding and technology event that brings together technical gurus, conservation experts and designers to create tools to combat one of the greatest threats facing wildlife today – the illegal wildlife trade.

This year Zoological Society of London partnered with U.S. Embassy London and Bloomberg for a weekend of technological creativity and innovative thinking.

As well as speaking at the event, Dr Chappell, a Criminology and Criminal Justice course leader and former senior detective at New Scotland Yard, helped teams work on a series of challenges focusing on curbing illegal wildlife trafficking.

He said: “This was part of our ongoing collaboration with the Zoological Society of London and we were pleased to support the conservation work of the society and other NGOs.”

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