THE WILDLIFE CONSERVATION UAV CHALLENGE
is the world’s largest and most diverse UAV research project. Over 120 Teams have entered to Design, Build, Fly & Compute the best UAV for anti-poaching. Total cash prizes $65,000 and an all-inclusive 10-day trip to Kruger National Park in South Africa for five members of the winning team.
SHOP & SAVE WILDLIFE
When you purchase products at Kashmir-Rose proceeds benefit wildlife protection programs.
Save the Rhino bracelets now available.
Locally, nationally and internationally, Wildlife Conservation UAV Challenge is open to students, hobbyists, innovators, and entrepreneurs to create the best technology solutions to save endangered species from extinction.
Register for upcoming events:
February 20 – Webinar: Concept, Design & Production by Autodesk & Solid Concepts
Team Design Concept is due February 28, 2014.
ENTER TO WIN $500 – wcUAVc will be sponsoring a series Technology Achievement Awards. Please find information on the TA-Awards Page.
Autodesk is offering a free Fusion 360 software license to wcUAVc Teams. Sign up for their webinar to learn more.
GENERAL WCUAVC ANNOUNCEMENTS
MEET OUR TEAM
Founder of wcUAVc
CEO, Kashmir-Robotics a division of Al-Kareem Foundation (AKF) a nonprofit organization.
WILDLIFE CONSERVATION UAV CHALLENGE
Innovation – Invention – Intervention
MEET SCOTT “LB” WILLIAMS -WCUAVC SOUTH AFRICAN DIRECTOR
RESERVE PROTECTION AGENCY
Cutting-edge technology, job creation, coordinated efforts and a proactive sustainable solution….these are just a few goals that Reserve Protection Agency aims to implement in the very near future. They may be the new kid on the block when it comes to anti-poaching and conservation management, but they’re making quite a name for themselves already. Why is this?
Start with RPA’s broad scope of expertise—a U.S. combat veteran with 17+ years experience (including as a special operations C-130 pilot, a Deputy Mission Support Group Commander, and Bilateral Affairs Officer for the U.S. Embassy in Pretoria). Add to it a game reserve owner, originally from Zimbabwe, who over-sees many conservation projects such as black and white rhino breeding projects. Throw in a NSRI Coxswain and Waterwise Instructor originally from the Eastern Cape. And you have quite a team. Oh, and don’t forget the officer’s wife, who is an active director on the board of a major environmental compliance laboratory back in the U.S. Her main job is to keep these three in line, on time, and on task. Included in an advisory role is Dr William Fowlds, renowned for his inspirational work on rhino. Thus, Reserve Protection Agency, a non-profit and public benefit organization, was born. Currently, RPA has in hand a signed formal agreement with SANParks to partner in bringing systems immediately to Kruger National Park and the border. SANParks has seen the value of technology and seeks assistance in employing the best solution. RPA is not short-sighted. They not only offer immediate solutions, there is a long-term overarching strategy in place too. The vision includes a complete conservation management model that will be developed, tested and trained in the Eastern Cape. This Eastern Cape Model is a solution that involves the development of procedures & protocols, training & education, research & development, a joint operations center and the sourcing, analysing and implementing of on-going advances in current technology. Dubbed as “the technology clearinghouse” by numerous conservation groups, RPA will serve as a center where all technology will be tested first by experts to prove its success in conservation management and anti-poaching. This model can be easily duplicated for all sorts of poaching and trafficking crimes and taken to other provinces in South Africa, and internationally as required. You can visit RPA’s webpage to learn more about their current projects in technology or development in the Eastern Cape Model. LIKE them on facebook (Reserve Protection Agency).
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ROBOTIC TECHNOLOGY TO PRESERVE WILDLIFE: A SCENARIO
by Aliyah Pandolfi
A new flying robotics challenge takes aim at the armed groups that are hunting the black rhino and other animals out of existence.
As dusk descends on the Kruger National Park in South Africa, a family of black rhinos move quietly away from the water hole toward a resting place in the bush. They are among the last of their kind, the species having been hunted to near extinction, and this evening they are not alone. A group of men have entered Kruger from neighboring Mozambique. They come from a poor village, but they are carrying expensive weapons. Two men carry AK-47 assault rifles to shoot park rangers, one carries a high-caliber rifle to shoot rhinos, and one carries an ax to cut off the horn of the dying animal.
The Challenge Ahead
The wcUAVc is by no means the first attempt at using drones to stop illegal poaching. In 2012, Google donated $5 million to the World Wildlife Federation to purchase surveillance aircraft for tracking poachers in Africa. The principal difference is that the wcUAVc encourages innovators and inventors around the world to create new types of aircraft with the latest sensors and computing technologies optimized for the mission. With more than a hundred teams from over 20 countries in six continents, the wcUAVc is the world’s largest and most diverse aircraft research project!
CONCEPT, DESIGN, PRODUCTION
Kashmir Robotics, Solid Concepts and Autodesk Fusion 360 have teamed up to present a two part webinar to explore 3D printing and to help you create better and more cost-effective UAV designs. In our first session focused on: • What additive manufacturing and 3D printing is • What resources are available to you as part of the wcUAVc (and how to get them) • Historical uses of 3D printing and drone technology – conceptual and functional design ideas • Workflows and best practices to prepare 3D models for fabrication • 3D print material strengths and weaknesses