Fraser McConnell – Co-Founder, Squawk Squad

In 2016, Fraser co-founded Squawk Squad. This social enterprise combines technology with conservation and education to help save New Zealand’s native birds. Squawk Squad allows all New Zealanders to contribute to a predator free New Zealand by sponsoring traps in conservation projects across the country. Every time you trap a pest, you receive a live notification. Squawk Squad has trapped more than 3,000 pests across the country, all via remote trapping.

In parallel, Squawk Squad delivers digital environmental education to children across New Zealand. It has used virtual reality to inspire 85,000 Kiwi kids to be kaitiaki of the future.

Squawk Squad was named as NZ’s Most Innovative Social Enterprise in 2018 by Idealog, and Fraser was selected as an Edmund Hillary Fellow in 2018.