TECHNOLOGY AS A TOOL FOR INDUSTRY TRANSFORMATION
WITH JON CONNORS FROM HACK 4 EARTH NETWORK
Jon Connors works at the intersection of finance, technology, and environmental innovation. Since awakening to the injustice of our current systems at Occupy Wall Street in NYC in 2011, he has been at the forefront of the movement to bring capitalism into sync with the realities of the planetary crisis it has helped to bring about.
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Hack 4 Earth Network and Blockchain for Ecology are two Bay Area-based startups that are performing ecological aikido on the tech world by bringing together government, local entrepreneurs, and major tech firms to innovate solutions for the biggest environmental challenges of our time.’
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The Hack for Earth Method has been used on 27 teams across these sectors:
Below are notable examples of the value proposition of throwing a bioregional impact event, aka a Restore-A-Thon for each of the sectors listed above. The Marine Monitor project highlights the value to one sponsor, the Anthropocene Institute.
To be regenerative is to step beyond sustainability, which aims to preserve what is, and instead restore and replenish even that which is destroyed. The UN has declared the 2020’s the decade of Ecosystem Restoration, and with that in mind, the team at Regenerosity has built a platform and an award system unlike anywhere in the world. Imagine a platform that rewards the whole systems projects with capital, and coaches, and mentors projects that do not pass the bar, giving them another chance. Imagine a world where there aren’t any losers and every project is a winner. This is the world Regenerosity is working to create. Created in partnership with Buckminster Fuller Institute and LUSH Cosmetics.
What if the 800 million people that downloaded Pokemon go and marched out in the world trying to capture imaginary creatures would play a different game, a game designed to reduce our carbon footprint by cultivating plants and algae and going on other missions? Carbon0 is an AR location based game with the goal to actually save the plant. Climate change is scary, the best solution is fun!
Marine Monitor is a lower cost software solution that works with off-the-shelf radars to provide 24/7 situational awareness of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). Preserving marine protected areas (MPAs) is challenging since poaching and other activities can occur at night, in the early hours of the morning, and far offshore. Marine Monitor (M2) combines commercial-off-the-shelf marine radar hardware with a custom software solution written using open-source tools to track boat activity and illegal fishing in nearshore waters (out to 5 miles) at a fraction of the cost of traditional military-grade systems. The M2 software downloads radar data and mirrors it in a friendly user-interface that can be stored and replayed via the cloud. The M2 software can further improve MPA monitoring with the optional integration of an Automatic Identification System (AIS) sensor and high-definition pan-tilt-zoom video camera.