We’re excited to announce that we have a new partner on board at Internet of Elephants: Bas Hochstenbach. Bas will be in charge of business development for IOE. He co-founded Asilia Africa, an award-winning eco-tourism company that currently operates about 20 camps in East Africa, employing around 800 staff. Bas has been on IOE’s advisory board for the last 1.5 years and now joins the team in an executive capacity.
We received the support of the Frankfurt Zoological Society and the Senckenberg Museum in Frankfurt to host a Gamers 4 Good event and play our second prototype with our testers in person on February 26, 2017 in Frankfurt, Germany. These are the five biggest insights that came out of the event.
On February the 8th 2017, Gautam Shah, founder of Internet of Elephants spoke at TEDx Idea Search in Nairobi about his mission to get 30 million people addicted to wildlife.
At IoE, we've taken the Lean Startup approach to product development. We could have raised funds to develop an entire ready-to-market-game, but instead, we chose to create prototypes in small sprints and engage audiences along the way, in order to learn as much as possible from the process. This is what we have learned so far.
At Internet of Elephants we are trying to create emotional connections between people and wildlife, and we think one of the keys to this could be through the use of data. Why data? To many people, data means cold facts and figures, complex algorithms and research that is not understandable to non-academics. But when IoE looks at data, we see the enthralling stories behind it. We've selected the data of an elephant, wildebeest and two lions to show the world how their stories can capture the imagination.