Innovation – Invention – Intervention

To provide the latest technology of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for anti-poaching activities.


To collaborate with students, hobbyist, universities, and organizations worldwide to protect the future of endangered species using the best technology available.

GOAL To detect and eliminate risk using ground, air and maritime surveillance for preservation of wildlife worldwide.

Scott “LB” Williams
CEO, Reserver Protection Agency

Princess Aliyah
CEO, Kashmir Robotics a division of Al-Kareem Foundation

Dr. Tom Snitch
Professor, University of Maryland

Princess Aliyah is the Founder of the wcUAVc and CEO of Al-Kareem Foundation (AKF). Her vision is to create a fleet of drones to patrol the skies, providing rangers with the information they need to protect endangered species from poachers and and strengthen local communities through education, training and sustainability. Her approach is to enlighten with education and communication so people are aware of the broader context in which they live; and empower them with real and financial infrastructures within which communities can flourish. The Princess created Kashmir-Robotics, a division of AKF, to provide the people of Africa with the means to protect Rhinos and other endangered species from poaching. Wildlife in Africa provides sustainable financial resources through tourism. The people of Africa are struggling to protect these animals from being poached by organized criminal networks, but the rangers are outgunned and often killed on duty. Kashmir-Robotics is sponsoring the Challenge to help create low cost UAVs that can enable the Rangers to enforce wildlife protection more safely and effectively.

As a descendant of royals from Kashmir, a country struggling to combat poaching of endangered Snow Leopards, Princess Aliyah has a full appreciation of the costs of poaching and the challenge faced by conservationists.
(Major) Scott ‘LB’ Williams served 17+ years in the US Air Force, is a defence systems specialist, decorated rescue aircraft commander, tactics officer, operations officer, aircraft maintenance quality assurance officer, HALO jumpmaster, and bilateral affairs officer (US Embassy—Pretoria). As a training officer, his training folder design served as a benchmark for Special Operations Command. He wrote and instructed numerous training syllabi and wrote squadron standardized operating procedures for combat deployment. His expertise in Joint Operations include building a Joint Task Force staff, as well as developing and overseeing tactical operation centers. Scott oversaw the New York State Partnership Program, led the largest US-South African military exercise, Exercise Shared Accord 2011, and is an honorary member of the South African Air Force Association and South Africa’s National Sea Rescue Institute.

Col. Marius Roos
CEO, Pathfinder

John S. Langford is the Chairman and CEO of Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation, which he founded in 1989. Dr. Langford received his Bachelors degree in Aeronautics (1979), Masters in Aeronautics and Defense Policy degrees (1985 & 1983) and Ph.D. in Aeronautics and Public Policy (1987) from MIT.
​Prior to Aurora, Dr. Langford worked for the Institute for Defense Analyses in Alexandria, Virginia. While at MIT, Dr. Langford organized and led a series of human-powered aircraft projects, culminating in the Daedalus Project, which in 1988 shattered the world distance and endurance records for human-powered flight with a 72 mile flight between the Greek islands of Crete and Santorini. Earlier, Dr. Langford worked for the Lockheed Corporation as an engineer on the development of the F-117 stealth fighter, and as an intern at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.
​Dr. Langford has been awarded the DeFlorez Prize from MIT (1979), the Kremer Speed Prize from the Royal Aeronautical Society (1984), the Young Engineer of the Year award from the AIAA National Capital Section (1989), the National Tibbets Award for outstanding contributions to the SBIR Program (1996), the Barry M. Goldwater Educator Award from the AIAA (2000), and the President’s Award for Exceptional Service from the National Association of Rocketry (2008). He was chosen as one of Virginia’s Outstanding Industrialists for 2004 by the Commonwealth of Virginia, and was named Virginia’s Small Business Person of the Year for 2004 by the U.S. Small Business Administration. ​
Dr. Langford serves on the NASA Advisory Council (NAC) and chaired the Subcommittee on Unmanned Air Systems. He has served on several study committees for the National Research Council.
Mike Alfoni
Managing Director, ADX

Mike Alfoni’s roots are in his family’s small New England machine shop, and he has worked across the U.S. and internationally advising or managing over 70 causes and coalitions. His work includes winning dozens of major U.S. elections, writing law and policy in Europe, and building systems that enabled women globally to overcome traditional barriers through technology. He specializes in data-driven management and evidence-based mobilization strategies . Returning to the private sector, he now manages the team and day-to-day operations at ADX Portland – a dynamic makerspace and community-based fabrication facility. Here, he applies his background in manufacturing and organizing to enable people to work together to do what they love.

Scott McGowan is the Vice President of Marketing at Solid Concepts Inc. His efforts in the clear communication of what additive manufacturing means for the manufacturing industry in America and abroad have led him to be a highly celebrated and sought after speaker and consultant at events and in publications across the country. He is heavily invested in the UAV industry. Scott is best known for his marketing and branding expertise as well as the successful implementation and growth of prototyping off-shoot company ZoomRP.com, a company which has grown exponentially in a short amount of time, thanks to his brand uniformity and strong marketing collateral.

Dr. John Langford

CEO, Aurora Flight Sciences


James Grimsley founded DII in 2003 to focus on unique research and development challenges for the Department of Defense. DII is currently involved in the unmanned aerial systems (UAS) industry in Oklahoma working primarily with the U.S. Air Force on the development of small remotely-piloted aircraft (RPA) and unmanned systems power management technology. Mr. Grimsley is also an Assistant Vice President for Research at the University of Oklahoma (OU) and Founding Director of the OUCenter for Applied Research and Development (CARD). Mr. Grimsley also serves on the OU Research Cabinet.

Mr. Grimsley is a graduate of OU with a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering and an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering. Prior to starting DII, Mr. Grimsley was a Division Chief Engineer and later an Assistant Vice President with Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC). Mr. Grimsley worked with both commercial and government clients while at SAIC including Boeing, Lockheed Martin, U.S. Department of Defense, and U.S. Department of Transportation. Mr. Grimsley also served as a proposal and capture strategist with Shipley Associates and supported various defense prime contractors in large proposal development efforts.

Grimsley currently serves as President of the USA-OK chapter. Mr. Grimsley also organized and led Oklahoma’s first four UAS Summits beginning in 2009. From 2009 to 2010 Mr. Grimsley served as the Manager of Unmanned Systems for the Oklahoma Aerospace Institute. Mr. Grimsley also serves as the chair of the SBIR/STTR Advisory Committee for the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology (OCAST).
In 2011 Mr. Grimsley was appointed by Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin to the Governor’s UAS Advisory Council.

James Grimsley

President, Design Intelligence Inc. (DII)

Alyssa Parkinson

Marketing Specialist, Solid Concepts

Alyssa Parkinson is a technical writer and technology journalist for Solid Concepts and runs the company blog. She covers shifts in the custom manufacturing industry, relays Solid Concepts’ solutions to the public, and is published in multiple engineering, manufacturing, design and science publications. Specialty areas include aerospace and the unmanned systems industries.

Dr. Mabunda is the CEO of South African National Parks (SANParks). He is the Director of the Kruger National Park as well as the Deputy Director of the Mpumalanga Department of Land Affairs and Agriculture. He pioneered and led the process of the establishment of Inala Farms (Pty) Ltd. It was the first successful Land Reform Project in Mpumalanga.

Dr. David Mabunda


Dr. Tenanbaum is the founder of Wildeas, a unique, independent, non-profit consultancy combining his defense and veterinary expertise with his passion for nature and wildlife. First and foremost a Doctor of veterinary medicine he is also a retired air-force airborne ranger, MBA graduate, and ex-employee of the defense industry with over 17 years’ experience in ISR (Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance) applied to a variety of defense, homeland security and civilian challenges. He has designed, sold, deployed, operated and trained others to operate various types of ISR systems worldwide.
Dr. Tenenbaum dedicated himself back to conservation through ‘Wildeas’- to lead and revolutionize the protection and conservation of wildlife with realistic, effective and durable solutions. Assisting organizations in the appropriate selection, introduction and operation of security solutions in the field – bridging the gap between challenges and needs in conservation to advanced solutions and operational methods.

Dr. Nir Tenanbaum

CEO, WIldeas