Office of the Spokesperson
October 6, 2016
Acting Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs Judith Garber will travel to San Diego, California October 6-7.
On October 7, Acting Assistant Secretary Garber will meet with scientists from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and speak with students from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and School of Global Policy and Strategy about issues such as climate change, the ocean, wildlife trafficking, innovation and health. Additionally, she will give a presentation to the University of California San Diego community on climate change and ocean issues.
Lastly, she will officially open Zoohackathon-San Diego, which will occur at the San Diego Zoo’s Institute for Conservation Research and Safari Park on October 7. Zoohackathon, organized by the Department of State’s Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, is a public-private partnership that brings together the United States government with the private sector and civil society. Coders, programmers, designers, and science enthusiasts from all around the world will come together to create innovative new applications and tools to address issues on the demand side of wildlife trafficking. In addition to San Diego, Zoohackathons will simultaneously take place at other zoos and conservation centers in Seattle, Sydney, London, and Washington, D.C. from October 7-9.
For more information about Zoohackathon: www.zoohackathon.com. For updates on Acting Assistant Secretary Garber’s trip on Twitter follow @StateDeptOES, #Zoohackathon and #EndTheLoop. For further information, contact Tory Peabody (PeabodyVW@state.gov).