Playing on the concept of Internet of Things, Internet of Elephants (IoE) brings an innovative approach to conservation interactive media. The team, led by founder Gautam Shah, focuses on factual, data-driven approaches to conceptualizing wildlife behaviors and the overall stories that prompt active involvement from the audience.
Using GPS, acoustic data, camera tracking, and observation data, IoE immerses audiences in an intimate and factual wildlife experience.
The Internet of Elephants team is an informal alliance of advisors and experts who contribute to the content analysis, design, and representation of diverse perspectives. IoE has received key support from some two dozen organizations, institutions, and partners to formulate products that engage and activate audiences.
These include Space for Giants (Kenya), Pro Carnívoros (Brazil), Borneo National Foundation (Indonesia/UK), Snow Leopard Trust (Kyrgyzstan, USA), and Tswalu Foundation (South Africa). These organizations contribute expertise that ensures the wildlife in IoE’s product design is portrayed accurately.
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IoE interactive experiences engage users from many corners around the world, and each interactive experience attracts different demographics. As of October 2021, Safari Central has around 400,000 downloads, with about half of them coming from India.
The Wildeverse app has been downloaded by over 15,000 users and Unseen Empire by over 3,500 users, with a high percentage in the US and UK. In 2020, Run Wild reached 1.2 million users around the world with its emphasis on health and fitness, and is being used across 100+ countries, with the majority in Europe. It is expected to attract a similar size audience in 2021.
The IoE team gathers a range of qualitative feedback from diverse audiences at checkpoints throughout their production process. This feedback allows them to enhance the IoE experience. Internet of Elephants participated in an academic study by Dr. Diogo Verissimo, examining how empathy for wildlife varied based on the audience engagement platform. It compared, for example, the outcomes of viewing a traditional, blue-chip BBC film versus spending one hour on Wildeverse. The results of this study are currently pending publication in an academic article in the journal People and Nature. So far, the Wildverse app has been downloaded by over 15,000 people around the world, with the highest percentage of users in the US and UK.