Conservify seeks to empower conservationists and communities by lowering the barriers to entry for effective conservation. Through providing the appropriate platforms, apps, and connected conservation devices, we can democratize the data and action around the protection of a species or reserve.
We no longer have to feel helpless when it comes to conservation. The tools and technologies sit at our fingertips and we can make use of them to make a difference. Join us in harnessing the exponential growth in technology and connectivity to change the way we currently do things. Conservify is working to build an “open conservation” community within conservation technology and create the tools and innovation pipeline to make this a reality.
Shah is an engineer, conservation technologist, and National Geographic Explorer that works with communities, NGOs, and developing countries to identify and deploy technologies that can help with their greatest conservation challenges. This includes low-cost observation platforms (conservation drones, acoustic sensors, open source sensors, satellite imagery, etc) and better methods to share and manage the data gathered (using mobile technologies, crowdsourcing, the internet). He founded Conservify in order to bring open source technologies into conservation. This work has been honored as a 2011 Buckminster Fuller Challenge Semi-Finalist, a 2011 Ocean Exchange Gulfstream Navigator Finalist, and 2011 Katerva Award Nominee. He is principal investigator for SoarOcean, a grant from National Geographic and Lindblad Expeditions to use low cost conservation drones for coastal monitoring. He is also project engineer/technologist for the Okavango Wilderness Project, an ambitious effort to create an open source environmental monitoring mesh network to monitor Botswana’s pristine Okavango Delta. He has provided comprehensive conservation technology strategy for Pew Environment Group, Waitt Institute, Center for Ocean Solutions, XPrize, New England Aquarium and a number of other smaller organizations with specialized projects or focus on a specific part of the world. He also traveled to Palau with Stanford University to help the government build environmental technology startups to protect their pristine waters and now sits on the board of the Palau Oceans Research Institute. Most recently, he traveled to Barbuda as the technology expert for the Waitt Institute’s Blue Halo project, which seeks to bring sustainable marine spatial planning to the island and will soon extend to Montserrat and Curacao.