Competition about coding and innovation. An opportunity to gather all talented and enthusiastic students for great impact. Participants construct optimal solutions, helping to address wildlife trafficking and illegal trading issues as well as preserve endangered species in Vietnam.



Why we need you?


In Vietnam, wildlife cybercrime is increasing at an alarming rate on social networks such as Zalo, Facebook, Youtube, TikTok, and other online platforms. Due to the nature of the internet's ease of access and use through advertisements, sellers can use fake identities and anonymously conduct trading activities. Detecting wildlife cybercrime automatically still presents a significant challenge for both law-enforcing authorities as well as conservation organizations.


Many wildlife species are publicly advertised and traded, including endangered species that are protected by laws. Products in trade range from live animals such as loris, otters, pythons, snakes, iguanas, turtles to wildlife products prohibited from trade by the Penal Code such as bear bile, tiger fangs, ivory, rhino horns and pangolin scales. Without prompt actions, these species will disappear forever, and Vietnam will lose its inherent precious biodiversity.



College, University students and young professionals in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi.


Majoring in technology (preferred) and other related fields (Forestry, Veterinary Medicine, Environment, Business Administration, Laws, etc.)


Interested in environmental issues.


Have a team of 3 - 6 members. If you don't have a team, we will invite you to a virtual meeting where you can find your perfect partners. Detailed information will be announced on CHANGE and WildAid’s Facebook Fanpage.


Agree with and Sign to commit to the Rules and Regulations of Zoohackathon 2021 (detailed information and document to be signed will be included in the forms during the application process)


October 15, 2021 Release of the application form

Applicants start filling out the forms with all required information.

October 31, 2021 Deadline for application

You can no longer apply or edit your information after this day.

November 09, 2021 Recruitment results announcement

The results of selected teams will be announced via Facebook Fanpages of CHANGE, WildAid Vietnam and Email.

November 11 – 12, 2021 Online training

Selected teams will participate in online training sessions and have a chance to meet experts in relevant fields.

November 13, 2021 Opening ceremony

Problem statement announcement; and Q&A with participants.

November 14, 2021 Coding session

Teams will discuss and come up with solutions, begin coding, and prepare for the presentation.

November 15, 2021 Last coding session and Final Round

Teams will continue coding and preparing for the presentation. After the first evaluation round, five better teams will be selected to present their applications and ideas. The Judges will give scores and announce the final result of three winning teams.



You may have heard of the term “Hackathon”, which refers to a technology innovation competition where programmers and people with their skill sets collaborate to build a technological solution or product in a short period of time, between 25 to 72 hours. Zoohackathon is similar in concept, but the topic of the competition is more specific. Technological solutions that help solve wildlife trafficking problems are what Zoohackathon is looking for.

Those who have yet to form a team will be supported to find your teammates before the registration deadline (5 days). More detailed information will be updated via email, Facebook Fanpages of CHANGE, and WildAid Vietnam. Besides, you also can find your teammates in relevant groups or communities from your network.

You still can apply if you can find a suitable team. From our suggestion, a team should consist of multiple members with diverse skills and knowledge to support one another. To have the strongest team, the members in your team should have these skills: design, coding, confidence to present in English, knowledge about environment and wildlife issues.

The competition will take place in both Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi. Based on the Covid situation, the schedule and whether the competition will be conducted online or offline are subject to change. According to the current schedule, participants will:

  • Participate in Online Training: 11-12/11/2021
  • Participate in Offline Competition: 13-15/11/2021 
  • Ho Chi Minh City: FPT University, Block E2a-7, D1 Street, Saigon High-tech Park, Long Thanh My Ward, Thu Duc City, Ho Chi Minh City.
  • Hanoi: FPT University, Hoa Lac High-tech Park, Km29 Thang Long Highway, Thach That District, Ha Noi.

Registration for the competition is completely free. When you attend the in-person competition, you need to pay for your travel expenses and prepare your own laptop or personal computer.  During the Coding sessions on 14-15 November, the Organizing Committee will provide snacks, lunch, and dinner for free at the venue.

During team working sessions, workshops or discussions, teams can use Vietnamese. However, teams must prepare and present their products in English.

Foreign students can participate in the competition. However, you must study or live in Ho Chi Minh City or Hanoi at the time of the competition.

If your team is selected, the Organizing Committee will set up a training session to enhance your knowledge about the current challenges in illegal wildlife trade that organizations and agencies are facing in Vietnam. Furthermore, there will  always be support from conservation experts to answer your questions prior to the competition.

For further information please contact: Or send a message to us via:

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