Who We Are2019-11-24T22:48:40-08:00

Our Mission

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 Selbe

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 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.

Jacob Lewallen

Jacob began developing and selling software in high school and has had a love for technology and all things making ever since. During college he worked for the University of California at Riverside as a System Administrator, helping to automate and improve the engineering department’s computer infrastructure. After graduating, he joined the e-learning startup, Eleutian Technology and was pivotal in the creation of the initial software and hardware architecture of the company’s formative years. After Eleutian, Jacob joined the consulting company SolutionStream Inc where he had the opportunity to apply and grow his software knowledge in solving a diverse set of problems in fields from education to insurance. Prior to joining Conservify in early 2017 Jacob volunteered his time and knowledge towards a number of Conservify projects, developing a passion for the company’s goals and ideals. Since joining Conservify he has had the chance to do field and lab work that required applying and gaining knowledge to solve engineering problems of all kinds in a variety of exotic places with their own unique challenges. In his free time Jacob has a voracious appetite for maker culture. He contributes to local Makerspaces and mentors friends in software as well as evangelizing the benefits of hand tool woodworking and traditional methods, one of his passionate hobbies.