Sea Turtle Rescue: Forecast Challenge
2000 Zindi Points
Help Local Ocean Conservation predict the number of sea turtles they will rescue each week in Kenya
271 data scientists enrolled, 86 on the leaderboard
29 November 2019—2 March 2020
94 days

This challenge was designed specifically for the Hack For Earth 2019, which takes place from 30 November in Tunisia. Welcome to the Hack participants!

After the hackathon, this competition will be re-opened as a Points Challenge.

The objective of this competition is to create a machine learning model to help Kenyan non-profit organization Local Ocean Conservation anticipate the number of turtles they will rescue from each of their rescue sites as part of their By-Catch Release Programme.

The data used to train the model will be historic data on the number of turtles rescued from each site from 1998 until 2018. To date, Local Ocean Conservation has released over 10,000 sea turtles.

An accurate prediction will enable Local Ocean Conservation to allocate staff and resources more efficiently.

This competition is sponsored by Local Ocean Conservation, edgeryders, and IEEE Sup’com.

About Local Ocean Conservation (LOC) (

LOC is a private, not-for-profit organisation committed to the protection of Kenya’s marine environment. LOC supports the communities and coastal areas in Watamu and Diani, Kilifi County with marine conservation and community development projects – centered around a holistic approach to conservation. LOC has been doing marine conservation for over 20 years.

About Edge Ryders (

Edgeryders OÜ is a company living in symbiosis with an online community of thousands of hackers, activists, thinkers and doers, and just normal people that want to make a difference. The company started in 2013 as a spin-off of a Council of Europe project. It both serves the community and uses its collective smarts to power its own activities.

About IEEE Sup’Com (

IEEE Sup'Com SB is a student branch of IEEE within Sup'Com founded on 22 November 2011 and has over 150 members. Like any other branch of IEEE, our SB serves as a platform for students to learn from each other and meet with faculty members and professionals who are members of the largest professional association in the world. It offers through its technical and non-technical activities to develop their leadership, participate in competitions, and contribute to social and humanitarian causes.

About Hack for Earth:

Hack for Earth is a one-day hackathon where technology meets ecology, in which the participants will work and help solve an actual environmental challenge that aims to establish solutions for the common good and also to strengthen the AI community in Tunisia.