Opportunity: Con X Tributor Network

Conservation X Labs is looking for highly skilled professionals (e.g. engineer, designer, developer, marketer, conservationist, entrepreneur) to mentor their finalists for the Con X Tech Prize. Deadline: 10 August 2020.

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About this initiative:

Conservation X Labs are building a cohort of highly skilled professionals, experts, and makers that provide their skills & services to help stop the extinction crisis, called The Con X Tributor Network.

As a Con X Tributor, you’ll act as a resource to the 20 Finalist teams as they work through the Con X Tech Prize rapid prototyping period. These project teams will tap into the Network for strategic advice, mentorship, and technical capacity - giving you the chance to support or even join the team in their sprint towards a prototype.

So if you’re an engineer, designer, developer, marketer, conservationist, entrepreneur, or simply want to get your hands dirty helping build products that protect the planet the teams are ready to meet you. 

What does a Con X Tributor do?

As a Con X Tributor, you will connect with teams and offer your professional background and expertise to help them strategise & rapidly develop a conservation technology through the Con X Tech Prize prototyping period.

Responsibilities: 

  1. Provide feedback, advice, and support to CXTP Finalist Projects that reach out to you, to the best of your abilities.
  2. Engage with project teams on twice-weekly “Ask Me Anything” discussions on the Digital Makerspace.

Commitments:

  • Be generally available between now and October 18 to give feedback and advice to projects, ideally through one-off or regular video calls with the team (expected time commitment is 5-10 hours per month)

  • Make a concerted effort to understand the project prior to a conversation with a team

  • Be open to forming ongoing collaborations with the right team, if the opportunity arises

  • Engage with projects on regular Spotlight “Ask Me Anything” discussions throughout the sprint, hosted on the Digital Makerspace

  • Hold confidential information provided to you by projects, and be open to case-by-case agreements

Registration form here.
More information on Conservation X Labs website.

Thirza Loffeld

WildHub Community Manager, WildTeam UK

My background is mainly in species conservation, education and capacity development. For several years, I researched mother-young interactions in gorillas and chimpanzees, in captivity and the wild. After that, I worked for three years in Indonesia, where I developed and implemented youth ambassador and community engagement programmes on local and regional scales. These programmes are aimed at building conservation capacity and promoting stewardship. I currently conduct my PhD research on the professional development of conservation professionals and work as Community Manager at WildHub.
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