Exploring Nature Like Never Before

Our Mission

In accordance with our organizational vision to lead the fight against extinction, we design, prototype, and promote technologies that intellectually, emotionally, and sensorially connect people with the natural world, excite the imagination, and inspire action.


Our Vision

We envision a world where human technologies connect us with wildlife and habitats by helping us understand, empathize with, and protect natural systems.

Selected Prototypes & Projects

We're starting to build tools to explore and discover nature. What if you could experience plant and animal perspectives?

Tech to Reconnect Events

Connect with Nature by Making Things

Our Tech to Reconnect event series highlights ways our collaborators and colleagues use technology to gain understanding and empathy with the natural world. Stay tuned for announcements about our 2016 events and programs!


Past Event: August 13, 2015 — San Diego Zoo

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Join us after hours for discussions, demonstrations, and drinks. Can assuming new perspectives increase our empathy for other species?

Confirmed Speakers

Shawnee BaughmanShawnee Baughman

Manager, Stanford Virtual Human Interaction Lab



JB_trekkerDr. John Bailey

Program Manager,Google Geo Education



Andrew Quitmeyer

Dr. Andrew Quitmeyer

Researcher & Founder, Digital Naturalism



Sold Out — Thank You! 

Past Event: September 10, 2015 — Safari Park

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How can multimedia and other technologies connect us with nature? Join our featured speakers for this exciting conversation!

Confirmed Speakers

Cristina Mittermeier

Cristina Mittermeier

Sony Artisan Photographer & Conservationist



Erika Bergman

Erika Bergman





Sold Out — Thank You!

Thanks to our 2015 Series Admission Sponsor, MJD Interactive

Would you or your organization also like to be involved with our events? Please contact us to learn more!

Community Partners

Our Team

We are working to invent new tools for building interspecies empathy.

Dr. Gabriel Miller, Director of Research & Development, San Diego Zoo Global

We constantly explore technologies that enable us to understand and empathize with the natural world.

Robert Erhardt, Chief Technology Officer, San Diego Zoo Global

We want to make the zoo of the future today. Using new technologies, we can help people understand the value of nature and help to protect it.

Paula Brock, Chief Financial Officer, San Diego Zoo Global

We must embrace all technologies available (and work to invent more!) to care for and connect with our environment.

Dr. Allison Alberts, Chief Conservation Officer, San Diego Zoo Global

Enter a new perspective- what would it be like to see like an eagle, run as fast as a cheetah, or hear through your feet like an elephant?

Claire Wathen, Program Manager, San Diego Zoo Global

Previous Speakers

Director, MIT FabLab San Diego
Director of Global Communications, GoPro
Co-director, Engineers for Exploration UCSD & Emerging Explorer, National Geographic
Sonic Artist & Experience Designer
Senior Program Manager, Google
Founder & Chairman, Techshop
CEO, Two Bit Circus
Co-founder, OpenROV
Chief Astronaut Instructor, Virgin Galactic
Asst Prof of Bioengineering, Stanford

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