Shah traveled with Stanford University to Palau in November of 2009 for the Green Palau conference, which was an effort to cultivate and develop entrepreneurial talent in Palau and Micronesia to promote self-sustainability and decrease the islands’ dependence on foreign aid. During this conference, Shah acted as an entrepreneurship mentor for the project teams and spoke about the benefits of designing technology for ocean conservation. During his stay, he conducted field research with Palau’s fisheries management professionals, conservationists, fishers, and government officials. The result was a presentation of his findings to the Palauan government, arguably one of the most environmentally progressive administrations in the world at that time. He also had the opportunity to do some of the greatest scuba diving of his life (seriously… it is highly recommended).