GRASP Blog Competition Finalists Offer Innovation

25th Sep 2012 Competitions, Press Releases

A mobile application to curb the growing demand for unsustainable palm, sensors that detect poacher movements, and a tracking device that warns when logging trucks veer into protected areas are just some of the ideas proposed by the five finalists in the Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP) blog competition that posed the question, “How Can Technology Save Great Apes?”

On-line voting will proceed through 11:59pm (GMT) September 31. The winner – based on the total number of votes cast through the GRASP website at www.council.un-grasp.org/blog-competition – will receive an all-expenses paid trip to present the winning blog at the 2nd GRASP Council, which will be held November 6-8 in Paris.
The GRASP Blog competition is sponsored by GRASP, in association with Brussels Airlines.

A mobile application to curb the growing demand for unsustainable palm, sensors that detect poacher movements, and a tracking device that warns when logging trucks veer into protected areas are just some of the ideas proposed by the five finalists in the Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP) blog competition that posed the question, “How Can Technology Save Great Apes?”

On-line voting will proceed through 11:59pm (GMT) September 31. The winner – based on the total number of votes cast through the GRASP website at council.un-grasp.org/blog-competition – will receive an all-expenses paid trip to present the winning blog at the 2nd GRASP Council, which will be held November 6-8 in Paris.

The GRASP Blog competition is sponsored by GRASP, in association with Brussels Airlines.

“GRASP is excited that the blog competition prompted such an outpouring of creative and innovative posts,” said Doug Cress, coordinator of GRASP. “We believe these new ideas will help produce better results in the battle to protect great apes.”

The five finalists are:

  • Prateek Mathur (India), a PhD student in wireless communication at Aalborg University in Denmark
  • Ticiano Costa Jordão (Brazil), a PhD candidate in environmental engineering and a lecturer at Univerzita Pardubice in the Czech Republic.
  • Adriana Klompus (United States), a graduate of Columbia University and former director of the award-winning Project Health community service organization.
  • Steve Gulick (United States), an electrical engineer and director of Wildland Security, which promotes electronic surveillance to combat poaching and illegal trade.
  • Angela Saka (Kenya), public relations and marketing coordinator for the Ol Pejeta Conservancy.

All finalists and their supporters are invited to share their posts and write follow-up posts to draw attention to their blog entry and create on-line chatter.

The 2nd GRASP Council brings together the entire GRASP partnership and is a unique opportunity to share ideas, forge alliances, and craft solutions to help conserve great apes and their habitat in Africa and Asia. In addition to “Great Apes & Technology,” other plenary sessions will include “Great Apes & Illegal Trade” and “Great Apes & Green Economy.” For more information, visit council.un-grasp.org.

September 2012

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