Bird Buddy Swoops in for SXSW 2023 AI Innovation Award Win

~ At the 2023 SXSW Innovation Awards, Bird Buddy was crowned the winner in the Artificial Intelligence category. The world's first Tech for Nature startup presented their ground-breaking Smart Bird Feeder, which uses an AI powered camera to instantly recognize bird species at the feeder, take their photo and organize them into collections.

Co-founders Kyle Buzzard, Franci Zidar and Ziga Vrtcic accepted the award with pride. The Smart Bird Feeder has been trained to identify species from around the world that regularly visit backyards, with over 50 million birds identified since fulfillment started in October 2022. Accuracy has scaled rapidly and now includes geo-tagging. Future AI ambitions include using in-depth bird features and deeper location data to identify additional species.

"This is a win for nature and for our Bird Buddy community as without them, our AI would not be the transformative experience it is," said Franci Zidar, CEO and co-founder at Bird Buddy. "We are proud to show how AI can be used as force for good and the true impact of Bird Buddy is already coming to life with our Heartbeat project which uses our sightings reports to create valuable open source datasets for scientific use."

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Since its inaugural Kickstarter launch in November 2020, Bird Buddy has dedicated significant resources to ensure its AI technology was ready for product launch two years later. Now, over 300 tester units have been sent out worldwide to gather raw data to start training the neural networks. The same approach is being applied to Bird Buddy's new Smart Hummingbird Feeder, ready for market launch this spring as part of a larger initiative aimed at developing backyards and balconies into a localized oasis for nature.

Attendees of SXSW can see Bird Buddy at booth #870 in the Creative Industries Expo and have the opportunity to get a hands-on demo of the current Bird Buddy feeder as well as register for pre-release discounts for the upcoming crowdfunding campaign.
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