NatGeo Explorer Classroom: Gautam Shah on turning gamers into conservationists, May 21st @ 7pm

Join this National Geographic Explorer as he explains the idea behind Wildeverse – a new augmented reality game that put the focus on the planet.

By Simon Ingram
Published 20 May 2020, 18:06 BST
Gautam Shah

Gautam Shah

Photograph by Rebecca Hale, National Geographic

This National Geographic Explorer Classroom is live on May 21st at 7pm (BST); watch below. 


The National Geographic Society uses the power of science, exploration, education and storytelling to illuminate and protect the wonder of our world. Since its founding in 1888, the National Geographic Society has awarded more than 14,000 grants to National Geographic Explorers: scientists, conservationists, educators and storytellers. Over the past five years, more than 700 of these grants have been awarded to Explorers from Europe and Africa.

Now, in a new series of interactive online 'classrooms', you can meet National Geographic Explorers, including ones near you – and hear a little about the work they are doing to make the world a better place.

In this Explorer Classroom, meet Gautam Shah – the a Kenya-based technology innovator who produces video games and digital experiences to connect people with wildlife and nature. Join to learn what it means to create conservation digital experiences – and get an exclusive behind the scenes look at it all. 

(Find out more about Gautam's work here.)

Wildeverse is an augmented reality game that aims to educate its players about threatened species by recreating their habitat – in any environment.

Photograph by Wildeverse, Internet of Elephants

Feeling inspired? 

Check out the full list of upcoming Explorer Classrooms on the National Geographic Society Education site, and check back on National Geographic @ Home for a feast of articles, photo galleries and activities to make your time indoors a little more adventurous.

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