Wildlife trafficking is the 4th biggest crime in the world. It threatens national security, economic prosperity, and the rule of law; pushes species to the brink of extinction, and spreads diseases. Public awareness needs to be raised about these topics so that everyone understands why wildlife conservation is such an important and imperative issue. In addition, wildlife trafficking is a supply to a demand, understanding where this demand comes from may offer the possibility to anyone to be part of the solution. In this digitalised and world of AI, we can take help from the technical aspects and catch the loopholes. As tech savvies it inspires us to help societies by our contributions.
What it does
N.O.A.H 2 S.E.A stands for New Opportunities of Awareness Hub '2' Save Endangered Animals.. It is an easy to use social impact app that enables citizens to capture, record, identify products with respect to endangered species and report them by sharing the location & help authorities to take actions, and find alternative products thereby contributing to curb the illegal wildlife trafficking.
It further enables citizen & organizations to form associations for wildlife awareness, create impact from grass root levels! Earn credits each time you connect and spend wisely by being close to nature
How we built it
We have built the entire wireframe of how the app would like into fruition for the Frontend. For the backend, we have implemented and trained models using Deep Learning to recognize endangered birds from the images as well as their voice.
Challenges we ran into
One of the main difficulties faced by our team was collecting and formatting data in a manner that was accessible while finding the most valuable data points in order to keep the scale of our data collection manageable. Unfortunately, few of our proposals ended up with nothing due to data acquisition problems and the time constraint of the hackathon. However, by the end of the day, we were able to come up with a problem concept that had open data enabling us to construct an immersive AI-based solution.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
We are really proud that we were able to accomplish more than 90% of tasks that we have initially decided with a great team effort. All in all, we've had our ups and downs this weekend, but we've managed to resolve our obstacles by teamwork and determination, helping us to build a valuable AI-based platform that can be used by everyone to save endangered animals.
What we learned
By this challenge, we have come to know many facts about wildlife trafficking and how emerging technologies can be helpful to raise awareness and reduce the crimes to help wildlife trafficking.
What's next for N.O.A.H 2 S.E.A -App for citizens to contribute for wildlife
As of now the solution is limited to Europe and in English language, but further we can deploy it to the globe and in many other languages. Also we can embed more organizations in it to help and get supported by citizens all over the globe. We also plan it to make it more secure for the people who use this app. And at last, we would like deploy this app on any device (IOS, Android, Web).