hack the poacher

This needs to stop now.

We are a non-profit organisation looking for ways to help prevent poaching of rhinos and elephants in national parks. We need funding to equip parks with cellphone detection technology.

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The Problem

55 elephants and rhinos are killed each day

Around 90% of African elephants have been wiped out in the past century – mainly due to the ivory trade. Elephant poaching, even though it’s illegal, has been getting dramatically worse in parts of Africa in the last 10 years. Around 20,000 African elephants are being killed every year for their ivory.

the impact of poaching


Ecosystems are destabilized


Ebola, Sars, H5N1, are spreadthrough black wildlife markets


A world without rhinos, elephants and tigers


Negative effects ontourism, stimulated corruption

Our plan

cell phone detection

Detecting phones is one of the most wanted features by conservation parties and rangers because poachers heavily rely on their mobile phone for navigation and communication. It is one of their most important tools. Phones are used for communication with other poachers to come help extract the ivory. In general, a poaching operation consists of a team that needs to communicate together.

Our custom designed devices are hidden across national parks. Poachers carrying a phone will be detected, triangulated and in effect: rangers will be alerted.But it doesn’t stop here! We are adding new features to the system that enables detection of many more things like sound, photo’s, satellite imagery, etc. We understand this is a cat-and-mouse game and we intend to provide the major advantage to rangers and law enforcement.

Placing the first prototypes...

In April 2018 we deployed the first prototypes. Besides testing the concept technically another major objective was gathering more local knowledge of poaching and consulting with all involved parties. The months following we gathered and analysed the data and together with our partner TWTG designed the final system.

" The poaching of rhinos in this 300,000 hectare area has been widespread – both in the peripheral area and the central area. So we are working on building up manpower, but that takes time. All these poachers made use of cellphones. Two poachers were recently arrested and two were killed after they crashed their car while they were trying to escape after cellphone-coordinated pickup on the boundary of the conservancy.

If we had GSM detectors we would definitely have detected them. "

— National Park Ranger

Deliberately anonymous, for security reasons


Equip 20 National Parks Within 3 years

Our goal is to equip 20 National Parks with our advanced sensing network within 3 years. This means that 27.000km² will be covered.

Our current status:

The first two national parks will be equipped with motion sensing technology in 2020. As you can see we still have a way to go before we reach our goal that’s why we are reaching out. Together we can achieve this. 

Donate 25k Now

When you donate 25k, we can add another national park to the list.
This means another national park where anti-poaching units will become more efficient, more safe and in effect can protect more animals.
Of course, any donation is welcome. Please contact us to discuss your involvement.

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Current contributors

THe Team

tim van deursen

When engineer Tim van Deursen (1980) became father, he asked himself one question: "What kind of world do I want my sons to grow up in; what do we leave them - and their children?"

Next to doing awesome technical projects at Q42, Tim started Hack the Planet, a non-profit organisation, which lets him use all his acquired engineering skills to contribute to a better world. You might know Tim from his VR documentary Meet the Soldier.

Thijs Suijten

Thijs Suijten (1981) loves helping people achieve their goals by using technology. At Hack The Planet he helps organisations like Greenpeace and WWF that have limited resources and a big ambition to innovate.

"By focussing on pragmatic engineering we are able to achieve amazing results and take on global challenges like poaching, loneliness and humanitarian conflicts."

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Hack the Planet

Hack The Planet takes on global challenges using pragmatic tech.
Many courageous organisations are taking on major humanitarian and sustainability challenges. Hack The Planet offers these organisations new perspectives on challenges, accelerating their efforts by creating and implementing smart and pragmatic technologies in collaborative projects.


Q42 is a strategic technology agency. Or as they like to say: we're 80 nerds who like to make things with impact. Things that make people smile. Q42 makes apps, websites, connected devices, games, robots, voice assistants, AI and VR.
Hack the Planet is a sublabel of Q42.


TWTG is I-IoT. For them, the Industrial Internet of Things is much more than just technology. It is the methodological innovation of monitoring, tracking, and activating critical assets within a business. It is the vision of utilising information based on big data analytics to gain strategic value and streamline operations. TWTG is an ISO 9001-certified company with industrial grade solutions and a roster of international clients in industry, logistics, and energy. The scalability of solutions is at the forefront of all thinking; from product, hardware, and software design, to connectivity and implementation, also including retrofitting of existing infrastructure and business models.

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Let's talk about your involvement

If you want to make a donation, or help us out in any other way, please use one of the contact options below.

office details

Hack the Planet
Saturnusstraat 14
2516AH The Hague
The Netherlands

+31 70 445 2342

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