Wildlife Insights Honored for Data Design by Fast Company’s 2020 Innovation By Design Awards

September 30, 2020

Arlington, Va. (September 30, 2020) – Today, Wildlife Insights received Honorable Mention in the Data Design category of Fast Company’s 2020 Innovation By Design Awards. Wildlife Insights, led by Conservation International and powered by Google’s artificial intelligence, was recognized for the design of its groundbreaking cloud platform, featuring 4.5 million camera trap records sourced from around the world and available in real-time with current species information.

Wildlife Insights was chosen from over 560 projects, products and services submitted from widely recognized  companies and organizations including Spotify, Disney+ and others. The full list of honorees will appear in the October/November print issue of Fast Company, hitting store shelves on October 20th, 2020.

The Innovation By Design Awards recognize people, teams and companies solving problems through design. One of the most sought-after design awards in the industry, Innovation by Design is the only competition to honor creative work at the intersection of design, business, and innovation.

“We are thrilled to receive an honorable mention in this year's Fast Company’s Innovation by Design Awards. It is a testament to the hard work all Wildlife Insights partners have put into designing a platform that will fundamentally change the way we manage and conserve wildlife,” said Jorge Ahumada, senior wildlife conservation scientist at Conservation International and executive director of Wildlife Insights.

Wildlife Insights, which uses artificial intelligence technology developed by Google to enable researchers to identify species in a fraction of a second, dramatically speeds up the pace at which information can be processed and analyzed making it available to decision-makers in near real-time. It is the most diverse camera-trap database in the world and allows users to explore millions of camera-trap records, filtering data by species, country and year.   

The platform is operated in partnership by Conservation International, Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute, Wildlife Conservation Society, The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, World Wide Fund for Nature, the Zoological Society of London, Map of Life and Google. 

Wildlife Insights receives support from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Lyda Hill Philanthropies and Google.

To learn more about Wildlife Insights, visit https://www.wildlifeinsights.org/.

About Conservation International

Conservation International works to protect the critical benefits that nature provides to people. Through science, partnerships and fieldwork, Conservation International is driving innovation and investments in nature-based solutions to the climate crisis, supporting protections for critical habitats, and fostering economic development that is grounded in the conservation of nature. Conservation International works in 30 countries around the world, empowering societies at all levels to create a cleaner, healthier and more sustainable planet. Follow Conservation International's work on Conservation News, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

About Fast Company

Fast Company is the only media brand fully dedicated to the vital intersection of business, innovation, and design, engaging the most influential leaders, companies, and thinkers on the future of business. The editor-in-chief is Stephanie Mehta. Headquartered in New York City, Fast Company is published by Mansueto Ventures LLC, along with our sister publication, Inc., and can be found online at fastcompany.com.

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