The survival of predators in a mixed-use landscape like the Maasai Mara depends upon the goodwill of people to coexist with other non-human and undomesticated life. There, farmers and wildlife live in close proximity and predators often prey on cattle. This tension has historically shaped the culture and tradition of the Maasai herder tribes, who have partnered with the land and its inhabitants for centuries. Today, however, population growth and desertification have intensified such conflicts to the point that retaliation/persecution of predators may lead to their extinction, threatening, as a result, the collapse of the entire ecosystem.
This hackathon invites teams to harness their creativity, skills, and expertise toward building tools that can serve as facilitators of a new symbiotic relationship between human communities and predators.
Teams are encouraged to consider questions such as: How can technological and economic tools enable communities to safely cohabit with predators? Could tech create conditions for farmers to understand the importance of predators? Can a technological solution help determine the value of predators within the complex dynamics of a savanna ecosystem?