Alasdair Davies

Protecting the planet with affordable conservation technology


“Incredibly proud to join @ShuttleworthFdn & inject openness into conservation technology. It’s time we all got access to the tools we need.”

The Big Idea


An active conservationist and technologist all his working life, Alasdair Davies is combining these two passions with a third - openness - to bring affordable, customizable technology to the field through the Arribada Initiative. He is designing, developing, and producing open hardware, in partnership with field interventions, employing open approaches and licences. His objective is to break down the barriers that inhibit access to such technologies, delivering better, cheaper, reliable solutions to help the global conservation community better monitor and protect our planet.

Why We Funded


We support Alasdair because we believe that conservation is an area in which low cost, open technology can make a substantial difference. Alasdair’s relationship with specific conservation efforts mean specific solutions to specific problems. His focus on openness in conservation technology, rather than the conservation of a specific animal or habitat, creates fertile ground for broad collaboration and replication.

Funding Breakdown


People
Marketing
Software
Travel
Infrastructure
Training
Office space
Legal

2017

Fellow contribution: $18,446.62
Our contribution: $242,032.97
Total funds: $260,479.59

2018

Fellow contribution: $20,361.77
Our contribution: $168,994.11
Total funds: $189,355.88
Total funding to date:
$449,835.47

Flash Grants


Male
Jamie Craggs
reef-pi.github.io/
Female
Jessica Cappadonna
www.ecosounds.org/