Audubon Society of Kalamazoo October 2022 Monthly Presentation: Bird Buddy

October 24, 2022 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
People's Church
1758 North 10th Street
David Lemberg
 A first of its kind, Bird Buddy uses a wifi-enabled camera and proprietary artificial intelligence (AI) to recognize bird species at the feeder and gamifies the experience with a fun mobile app. Bird Buddy debuted on Kickstarter and has raised over $17m in pre-sales in a year and a half, making it one of the most successful crowdfunded projects ever created. Having pre-sold over 70,000 feeders, Bird Buddy at launch will be the largest AI-powered wildlife camera network in the world, generating a massive data set that will be shared freely to help migration and conservation research efforts. Bird Buddy’s mission is to help people reconnect with nature by making fun, engaging experiences with the wildlife in your backyard. Their offices are located in Ljubljana, Slovenia, and Kalamazoo, Michigan.

This presentation will cover how Bird Buddy came to be, the creative process of developing, manufacturing, and shipping a new product with an international distribution of designers, suppliers, fabricators, and customers. Integrating real-time video, AI visual bird identification, and a distributed software application with an outdoor bird feeder presented some unique engineering challenges.

Kyle Buzzard is the Co-Founder and Chief Hardware Officer of Bird Buddy. With a background in industrial design, Kyle spent 12 years as a consultant and design lead with a client list including Google Chromecast, Logitech, Nest, and more. In 2018, Kyle co-founded Prota Ventures, a venture studio and capital network focused on early-stage startups. He is also a co-founder of Stix Golf. Over his career, Kyle has worked with a wide range of startups and entrepreneurs in a variety of categories, bringing new products to market through both manufacturing and licensing paths. Kyle’s work has been recognized with over two dozen international design awards, and he holds over a dozen design and utility patents.

We hope you’ll join us on Monday, October 24, at People’s Church, 1758 North 10th Street, Kalamazoo. Our program starts at 7:30 PM and is preceded by a social time with light refreshments at 7:00 PM. Beverages will not be provided. Masks are recommended but not required in the church.

We will have a simultaneous Zoom link to the meeting for those who can’t make it or feel uncomfortable as yet to attend in person. This link will be emailed to members shortly before the meeting. We will also be recording the meeting for later viewing.

Guests and the general public are encouraged to attend. Handicap parking and access is at either the front or rear entrance of the building.