Zoohackathon 2020 Official Terms and R­­ules

By registering for Zoohackathon 2020, each participant agrees to abide by these Terms and Rules (the “Rules”). Zoohackathon is organized, sponsored, and conducted by the U.S. Department of State in conjunction with a diverse array of partners around the world (collectively, the “Sponsors”). Objectives Zoohackathon is a technology-based competition that pits the ingenuity of students and private individuals against criminals who profit from wildlife trafficking through the creation of new and innovative technologies. U.S. embassies and consulates partner with local governments, wildlife conservation NGOs, and private sector technology companies to host 48-hour “hackathon” competitions with university students and young professionals. Through Zoohackathon, the U.S. Department of State, through its Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, aims to promote innovative technological solutions that can eventually be used to combat wildlife trafficking in the field.


Individuals must be at least 18 years old on the date of their Zoohackathon 2020 registration. There is no upper age limit on participating in Zoohackathon. Participants must reside outside of the United States and may not be U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents of the United States. Participation in Zoohackathon 2020 will be automatically deemed as acceptance of these Rules. The following individuals are not eligible to participate in Zoohackathon 2020: Employees, interns, directors, and officers of the Sponsors or any employees, interns, directors, or officers of any agencies, companies, or entities involved in the administration, advertising, judging, creation, development, execution, and/or fulfillment of Zoohackathon, and the immediate family members (defined as spouse, recognized partner, parent, child, sibling, and spouse or ‘step’ of each) and those living in the same household of each such individual.
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