‘Barcode Activisim’ App Wins GRASP Blog Competition
A mobile phone application that allows consumers to tell instantly whether products they might purchase contain materials harmful to great apes and their habitat was the winning entry in the Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP) Blog Competition that posed the question, “How Can Technology Save Great Apes?”
The winning entry was submitted by Adriana Klompus, a graduate of Colombia University in the U.S. with a life-long interest in conservation and the great apes. Her blog – “Barcode Activism: Use Your Wallet and Smartphone in a Wired Marketplace to Help Great Apes” – received 36 percent of the votes cast in an on-line voting competition that closed September 30.
Klompus will present her proposal during the “Great Apes & Technology” plenary of the 2ndGRASP Council, which will be held November 6-8 in Paris.
The GRASP Blog Competition received a total of 5,698 votes and was presented in association with Brussels Airlines.
“It has been wonderful to see how much interest there is in the ‘app’ I am working on,” Klompus said. “The response to my blog really affirmed the idea behind this project: that people want to do something good, as long as doing so is straightforward and they have all the tools and information they need in order to do so.”
Klompus’ proposal calls for the creation of a mobile phone application would permit consumers to make informed choices with the push of a button. For instance, if an item contains palm oil — a common household ingredient that has prompted widespread conversion of great ape forests in Southeast Asia and Africa into agricultural plantations – the application warns the user and offers alternatives that are ape-friendly.
“This proposal is exactly the sort of fresh, innovative idea that we were searching for when we launched the GRASP Blog Competition,” said GRASP coordinator Doug Cress. “We wanted ideas that bring energy and creative solutions.”
Klompus narrowly defeated Prateek Mathur of India, who received 32 percent of the votes for a blog that proposed using GPS tracking devices to monitor logging trucks.
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Prateek Mathur | How Can Technology Save Great Apes?(1st Runners-up)
Prateek Mathur is a PhD student in Wireless Communication at Aalborg University, Denmark. He is studying on an Erasmus Mundus scholarship funded by the European Commission, and his research focus is on node mobility for studying deployment, clustering and data aggregation aspects of wireless sensor networks. Prateek received his MSc degree from the University of Bradford, U.K. (2009) and Bachelor of Engineering from University of Pune, India (2008). His hobbies include chess and photography, and he is interested in understanding climate change and environmental threats faced by the world today.
Ticiano Costa Jordão | Mobile Technology for the Protection of Great Apes(3rd Runners-up)
Ticiano Costa Jordão is a PhD candidate in Environmental Engineering and a lecturer in Economics and Management at the University of Pardubice in the Czech Republic. He is the founder of Sustainability Crusade Observatory (CRUSUS), an international sustainability network oriented to education, research and business consulting on environmental sciences and sustainability management, accounting and reporting, and serves as vice-president of the Czech-Brazilian Chamber of Commerce. Over the past six years, he has delivered seminars and courses abroad in Europe and South America related to Corporate Governance and Social Responsibility; Corporate Sustainability Management; Accounting and Reporting; Environmental Economics and Management; Climate Change and Tradable Emissions; and Renewable Energy Policies and Management.
Steve Gulick is an electrical engineer with a strong interest in conservation science. He is the director of Wildland Security, which promotes electronic surveillance to combat poaching and illegal trade, and created TrailGuard, and anti-poaching technology used in key great ape habitats. Steve worked in elephant conservation research with Cynthia Moss and Joyce Poole beginning in 1992 in Kenya, and later employed camera traps to record data with chimpanzees in Congo. He also worked closely with a gorilla reintroduction project in Congo during the civil war. He believes that controlling the established trails through national parks and protected areas in Africa is key to combatting poaching.
Angela Saka | Saving Chimpanzees One App at a Time
Angela Saka is the public relations and marketing coordinator for the Ol Pejeta Conservancy, the 90,000-acre wildlife preserve near Mount Kenya that includes the Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary. Growing up in Kenya, Angela visited many of the country’s national parks and protected areas, and works to confront conservation and biodiversity issues in the region. She writes the Sweetwaters “Chimpanzee Chat” for Ol Pejeta, and has created much the Sweetwaters promotional material.
“How Can Technology Save Great Apes?” Read the Blogs Here.
Vote for Your Favourite 2012 GRASP Council Blog Competition Finalist
- Angela Saka | Saving Chimpanzees One App at a Time (13%, 766 Votes)
- Steve Gulick | Pre-emptive Anti-Poaching Technology: Catching the Poacher Before They Kill (5%, 295 Votes)
- Adriana Klompus | “Barcode Activism”: Use Your Wallet & Smartphone in a Wired Marketplace (36%, 2,033 Votes)
- Prateek Mathur | How Can Technology Save Great Apes? (32%, 1,842 Votes)
- Ticiano Costa Jordão | Mobile Technology for the Protection of Great Apes (14%, 699 Votes)
Total Voters: 5,698