Technology Lunchtime Discussion

Throughout SHIFT, 2017 SHIFT Award Official Selections will be highlighted during lunchtime discussions developed around each Award category.

The Technology lunchtime discussion will be held from 12:15-1:30 p.m. at Pizzeria Caldera. The lunch will convene stakeholders in the Technology category for networking, discussions of challenges common to the space and a showcase of the ways Award category representatives are addressing them with their work.

Moderator: Mitch Breton, Video Curator, Outside Online


The discussion is open to the public, and local stakeholders as well as SHIFT attendees are invited to participate. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

Participants are asked to leave ample time to return to the Snow King Hotel in time for the 2 p.m. SHIFT Summit afternoon panels.



American Conservation Experience, WildSNAP

Representatives: Tim England, Shane Barrow

WildSNAP is the first iOS application designed to monitor Wilderness Study Areas (“WSAS”). The American Conservation Experience and the Bureau of Land Management-Utah partnered to develop the app, which achieves three main project goals: replacing pen and paper forms with electronic data collection (including geo-referenced photos, standardized answers and narrative descriptions of issues); sending monitoring reports directly to the appropriate BLM Office; and increasing the BLM’s monitoring capacity by training and engaging interested members of the public. It is the first application of its kind developed for BLM-administered lands. WildSNAP now offers monitoring opportunities for 9 WSAs managed by BLM-Utah, and projects to expand to 16 by the end of 2017.


Representative: Eric Dinger

Powderhook’s Digital Mentoring Program has helped thousands of hunting and fishing users get out onto their public lands more often. Powderhook acts as a localized message board, connecting users with a community of hunters and anglers who provide local expertise. Since its launch in September, Powderhook has engaged 120,000 total users and facilitated nearly 20,000 outdoors-related interactions.

To facilitate growth among users, Powderhook has additionally created the Powderhook Event Application Programming Interface (API), a first-of-its-kind, nationwide, outdoor event dataset. The site makes more than 9,000 hunting, shooting, fishing and conservation events accessible via the API. Event hosts include major NGOs such as Ducks Unlimited and National Wild Turkey Federation, state agencies, and businesses. New events are added daily via integrations with their partners, scrapers and APIs

NIC, YourPassNow

Representative: Cody Mruk

Developed in conjunction with the National Park Service, YourPassNow provides the first web-based option for park visitors to purchase passes and permits, appealing to a growing number of park visitors accustomed to completing transactions online. Prior to YourPassNow, these passes were only available as paper passes for in-person purchase at parks or third party-resellers. The collection of fees generated by YourPassNow allows parks to fund additional improvements and conservation initiatives. From February – December of 2016, more than 9,000 passes were sold, contributing hundreds of thousands of dollars to the maintenance and preservation of the participating parks.

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