Mapping effects of climate change on coral reefs
Creating systems to protect oceans against illegal fishing
Behind the Scenes with Holodome - an immersive, social, storytelling and interactive environment
Building technology to protect wildlife
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February 18, 2019
By Lauren K.
At Vulcan, we often talk about our power to convene people. Time after time, we're reminded that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts and partnerships are a key aspect to success in the Impact space. Read on to learn more about our approach to partnerships.
Holodome: On the path to the Holodeck
February 11, 2019
By Joseph L.
The Holodome is a platform that renders 360 content without the use of head mounted displays. Learn more about its history, evolution, the technology that supports it, and the team that built it in this latest blog post!
Saving coral reefs from space:  Allen Coral Atlas satellite-based data
February 4, 2019
By Kirk L.
The Allen Coral Atlas builds its two core products, maps of the world’s coral reefs and a monitoring system for those reefs, on imagery from Planet’s Dove satellites. Learn about the first set of data processing steps we are taking as we turn those images into maps and a monitoring system.
January 28, 2019
By Matt S.
Elasticsearch® is a powerful and widely-used document store, which is easy to get up and running out of the box. However, production-grade operations and monitoring have some gotchas. Read what Vulcan's Impact team has learned about running Elasticsearch® on Kubernetes® in production.
January 21, 2019
By Art M.
On the Impact team at Vulcan, we're often asked how do we measure results, how do we measure success. While there are are a number of ways this is done in the commercial world, how to do this at the intersection of tech and philanthropy requires some more thought. Read on to learn how we measure impact here, at Vulcan.
Machine Learning for Protecting the Oceans
January 14, 2019
By Dave M.
Our oceans help feed our planet, support millions of jobs around the world, generate trillions of dollars in economic activity every year, and support most of the world’s life. But the health of our oceans is under threat from unsustainable practices like illegal fishing in protected areas, while human, arms, resource and drug smuggling on the ocean threatens the safety and health of communities across the globe. Learn more about how we're using data and machine learning to protect our oceans.
January 7, 2019
By Impact Engineering
Happy New Year! And with the New Year, we're sharing a few of the sources that one can go to get news about conservation, environment, climate, and its intersection with technology.
December 17, 2018
By Impact Engineering
Take a look back at 2018 with the Impact Team. We look back and explore some highlights and milestones, what inspired and fueled us and peak into what's in store for the new year!
December 10, 2018
By Matt S.
Fast-paced software projects can experience bottlenecks at the continuous integration (CI) phase of the software development lifecycle. Click through to learn how the we're transforming the developer experience to move full systems integration testing earlier in the traditional CI workflow.
December 3, 2018
By Satyarth N.
The Idea Velocity of an organization is defined by the time the organization takes to ship a well-defined idea into a customer’s hand. As such, Idea Velocity is a high order metric that an organization’s leaders should strive to optimize. In this blog post, I capture my take on significant attributes that directly impact an organization’s Idea Velocity.
Navigating the Coral Crisis
November 26, 2018
By Charlie W.
The Allen Coral Atlas aims to empower educated coral protection and restoration, so that reefs eventually flourish. Charlie, the Product Manager of the Allen Coral Atlas project recently had the opportunity to travel to Sri Lanka to work with coral conservationists there. Click to read more about the trip, the partners we're working with, and how conservationists have reacted to the Allen Coral Atlas.
Collaborative Ranger-in-the-loop Machine Learning to Stop Poaching
November 19, 2018
By Gracie E.
At Vulcan, we are investigating using machine learning to spot poaching in aerial imagery. Find out how we’re hoping to leverage ML alongside the expert knowledge of African park rangers to more reliably direct ranger resources and help them protect African ecosystems so that they remain untouched and vibrant for years to come.
How many elephants are there?
November 12, 2018
By Pooja M. , Kathleen G.
Modernizing Wildlife Surveys with Machine Learning (MWS) is a project at Vulcan, in which we aim to make getting wildlife population estimates easier and reduce the amount of error at the same time. Read on to learn more about why this is important and what we can do about it.
Product Manager in Residence
November 5, 2018
By Pooja M.
Working on the Impact team at Vulcan is pretty unique. #OnlyAtVulcan can you work on curbing carbon emissions, wildlife conservation, stopping bad actors, and more, all in one day. Read on to learn more about what some of the topics Vulcan is concerned about and how Product Management fits in.
EarthRanger Conference: Bringing Protected Area Leaders Together
October 29, 2018
By Kamal S.
Recently, Vulcan held its 4th annual EarthRanger Conference. The EarthRanger Conference brings together leaders from various Protected Areas across Africa. Click to keep reading and learn more about EarthRanger, the conference, and the ways we make an Impact in Wildlife Conservation.
Paul G. Allen 1953-2018
October 15, 2018
By Impact Engineering
Today, it was announced that Paul Allen has passed away. The Impact Team shares our deepest condolences with the Allen family.
A peek behind the curtains of the new VMLCI
October 8, 2018
By Chris E.
Last week, we announced the Vulcan Machine Learning Center for Impact (VMLCI). Learn more about the challenges and opportunities we face when tackling machine learning (ML) problems in the philanthropic space and what may be in store for the future of ML at Vulcan.
Welcome to Concept Notes
October 1, 2018
By Impact Engineering
Welcome to Concept Notes: Vulcan Engineering Blog. Within the engineering team at Vulcan, we strive to build solutions to create a better world. But we can't do it alone. We've created this blog as one of the ways to share ideas and start conversations. Read on to learn more about what we do, and what to expect from the Vulcan Engineering Blog.
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