Speaker details

Jason Holmberg

Wild Me

Building on 19 years of experience in commercial and open source software, Jason is a co-founder and the Executive Director of the nonprofit organization Wild Me (wildme.org), which brings professional software engineers and machine learning specialists into the fight against the Sixth Mass Extinction. From leafy seadragons in Australia to giraffe in Africa, Wild Me's data management and computer vision work supports wildlife biologists across the globe, and the team's efforts demonstrate the need for applied software and machine learning engineers at the interface of on-site conservation efforts and emerging AI techniques in academia. Jason's current work focuses on building long-term engineering capacity, skill, and focus in wildlife conservation, seeking to improve conservation strategies through more rapid iteration in data collection and analysis of animal populations.

Building on 19 years of experience in commercial and open source software, Jason is a co-founder and the Executive Director of the nonprofit organization Wild Me (

Wildbook: Software and Machine Learning Engineers Join the Fight Against Extinction

As the world faces a Sixth Mass Extinction, biologists and wildlife conservation organizations are increasingly seeking help from a new group of professionals: software and machine learning engineers. In the age of Big Data, images and video from research and tourism are becoming the most abundant and inexpensive sources of wildlife data. If these images could be widely obtained, rapidly analyzed, and combined with related data (e.g., location, date, behavior), then conservation efforts could benefit from larger and broader data sets to analyze, predict, and prevent further wildlife population declines. However, lacking technical training and access to advanced data management tools and predictive AI, researchers are increasingly turning to IT professionals to help them process and understand the unprecedented volume of data now available. Wild Me (wildme.org) is an organization of nine software and machine learning engineers seeking to bring open source data management and AI to biologists across the globe, including research efforts for giraffe in Africa, leafy seadragons in Australia, and snow leopards in Asia. Our Wildbook project demonstrates how individuals or groups of engineers can work side-by-side with biologists to bring much needed and appreciated technical skills into the the fight against extinction, gaining a very real sense of accomplishment while growing their skills from very significant and interesting technical challenges along the way.


Big Data
Open Source Software
Machine Learning

Engineering a Sustainable World

If you are passionate about Technology, dreaming to work on something that really matters, care about our Future and want to build a better World for our children, come and join this round table Panel Discussion with people who are dedicated to build a better World using Technology, Innovation and Passion! If you have no idea how Developers like YOU can help to build a better World using YOUR skills and experience and improve YOUR life, then come and find out. If you don't know how to start - come and ask YOUR questions! It meant to be an interactive session and lot of fun. You'll hear really awesome REAL life stories based on REAL experience, bringing REAL value to People, Nature and Planet Today!

Sustainability
Engineering
Innovation