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Patrick Meier's Discussions

Humanitarian Applications / Disaster Response / Search & Rescue / etc

Started this discussion. Last reply by Patrick Meier Mar 20, 2014. 2 Replies

Hi All,Looking to have a space on DIYDrones where folks can talk about humanitarian applications of personal drones, like Euan Ramsay's recent blog post on using a quad to deliver Search & Rescue…Continue

Tags: Rescue, Search, Response, Disaster, Humanitarian

Humanitarian UAV Pilots Network

Started this discussion. Last reply by Patrick Meier Mar 12, 2014. 7 Replies

Hi All, I've been working at the intersection of technology & humanitarian response for 10+ years. I'm now launching a volunteer network to connect responsible civilian UAV pilots who are…Continue

Tags: Response, Disaster, Humanitarian

 

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Ravi commented on Patrick Meier's blog post Sign Up for the WeRobotics Roster!
"it's very important that the drone community contributes to the social causes with so many humanitarian ceisis world over. look what's happening in Syria, Somalia, ethopia. dropping of medicines, food, loacting people in floods. I am an…"
Jun 14
Jeff Taylor commented on Patrick Meier's blog post Sign Up for the WeRobotics Roster!
"WeRobotics has their hand in all of the most interesting drone projects I've seen e.g. dropping mosquitoes, drone delivery, disaster relief and all in exotic (and difficult) locations. Good challenge for anyone up to the test."
Jun 14
Patrick Meier posted a blog post

Sign Up for the WeRobotics Roster!

WeRobotics is an international NGO dedicated to scaling the positive impact of social good projects through the localization and responsible use of appropriate robotics solutions such as UAVs/drones. We work in multiple sectors including humanitarian aid, global development, public health, nature conservation…See More
Jun 13
Patrick Meier posted a blog post

World Food Program Partners with WeRobotics to Improve UAV Coordination

The World Food Program (WFP) is officially partnering with WeRobotics to develop coordination mechanisms to guide the safe and effective use of aerial robotics (UAVs) in response to humanitarian disasters. With 80 country offices around the world, WFP provides food assistance to…See More
Apr 3
Ellen Zhu commented on Patrick Meier's blog post Videos: Cargo Drones Deliver in the Amazon Rainforest
"Wow! That's amazing work, you make great contribution to medicines and public health service.    "
Feb 13
Patrick Meier commented on Patrick Meier's blog post Videos: Cargo Drones Deliver in the Amazon Rainforest
"Many thanks for your kind feedback, everyone! This was just a preliminary field-test, remains to be seen if/how affordable cargo drones can be used long term. Thanks again!"
Feb 13
Chris Cloutier commented on Patrick Meier's blog post Videos: Cargo Drones Deliver in the Amazon Rainforest
"I'd love to see a solar assisted variant that drops the package and returns to home. The night time variant could carry a non-solar wing, more batteries, and nav lights."
Feb 13
Eric commented on Patrick Meier's blog post Videos: Cargo Drones Deliver in the Amazon Rainforest
"Hi Patrick,I think like you that drones are great and promising ways to transport  packages over large distances at lower cost, that is why I have developed an improved skywalker with a cockpit 3d print to Put the battery in, and free up more…"
Feb 13
Jeff Taylor commented on Patrick Meier's blog post Videos: Cargo Drones Deliver in the Amazon Rainforest
"It's amazing to see the level of organization and collaboration that went into this demo, great work and good luck on future trials!"
Feb 13
Quadzimodo commented on Patrick Meier's blog post Videos: Cargo Drones Deliver in the Amazon Rainforest
"Great read Patrick. Thanks for posting."
Feb 13
Patrick Meier posted a blog post

Videos: Cargo Drones Deliver in the Amazon Rainforest

The Amazon is home to thousands of local indigenous communities spread across very remote areas. As a result, these sparsely populated communities rarely have reliable access to essential medicines and public health services. Local doctors in the region of Contamana report an average of 45 snakebites per month and no rapid…See More
Feb 13

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Andrew Tridgell commented on Patrick Meier's blog post First Ever Cargo Drone Deliveries in Amazon Rainforest
"fantastic, great to see this happening!"
Dec 27, 2016

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MarioSpeedwagon commented on Patrick Meier's blog post First Ever Cargo Drone Deliveries in Amazon Rainforest
"Thanks for posting Patrick! Your blog posts always lead to a bit of daydreaming. "
Dec 23, 2016
Red Bales commented on Patrick Meier's blog post First Ever Cargo Drone Deliveries in Amazon Rainforest
"This is awesome news in regards to the ability to use unmanned systems in ways that exponentially improve the world's standard of living. I wonder if autonomous payload blimps would be an option that could use preset waypoints or ground…"
Dec 22, 2016
Patrick Meier commented on Patrick Meier's blog post First Ever Cargo Drone Deliveries in Amazon Rainforest
"Many thanks, Jeff! Big team effort. Yes, I'd love to connect with you in early January and have Juan join our call. We're keen to get your advice on some of the ideas we've been discussing in Peru. Thanks again!"
Dec 22, 2016
Jeff Taylor commented on Patrick Meier's blog post First Ever Cargo Drone Deliveries in Amazon Rainforest
"This is pretty amazing! There's no doubt deploying drones for long distance flights in the jungle is always a challenge. Congratulations on a well deserved success! Let me know if I can be of any help in future efforts."
Dec 22, 2016

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About Me:
I've been working at the intersection of humanitarian response and technology for 10+ years. Currently at QCRI where I apply advanced computing to improve humanitarian response. Previously co-directed Harvard's Program on Crisis Mapping and served as Director of Crisis Mapping at Ushahidi. I'm also a UNICEF Innovations Fellow, Rockefeller & PopTech Fellow and a National Geographic Emerging Explorer. My blog has received over 1.2 million hits. More at: iRevolution.net
Please tell us a bit about your UAV interest
I've been flying quadcopters for a while and am interested in the application of UAVs for humanitarian response, including Search & Rescue. I am launching a global network to connect civilian UAV pilots interested in supporting humanitarian efforts.
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Sign Up for the WeRobotics Roster!

Posted on June 13, 2017 at 11:31am 2 Comments

WeRobotics is an international NGO dedicated to scaling the positive impact of social good projects through the localization and responsible use of appropriate robotics solutions such as UAVs/drones. We work in multiple…

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World Food Program Partners with WeRobotics to Improve UAV Coordination

Posted on April 3, 2017 at 12:24am 0 Comments

The World Food Program (WFP) is officially partnering with WeRobotics to develop coordination mechanisms to guide the safe and effective use of aerial robotics (UAVs) in response…

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Videos: Cargo Drones Deliver in the Amazon Rainforest

Posted on February 13, 2017 at 12:16am 6 Comments

The Amazon is home to thousands of local indigenous communities spread across very remote areas. As a result, these sparsely populated communities rarely have reliable access to essential medicines and public health services. Local doctors in the region of…

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First Ever Cargo Drone Deliveries in Amazon Rainforest

Posted on December 22, 2016 at 7:41am 5 Comments

The Amazon is home to thousands of local indigenous communities spread across very remote areas. As a result, these sparsely populated peoples rarely have reliable access to essential medicines and public health services. Local doctors in the region report an average…

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At 2:07pm on March 18, 2014, Euan Ramsay said…

"Hi Euan, am helping to organize a drone Search&Rescue challenge in May, wondering whether you'd be interested in having your payloader tested there? Where in CH are you based? Am in Geneva next month"

I am in Unterageri, south of Zurich, but can easily meeting up if needed! What exactly did you have in mind? It sounds interesting, and I would love to see my payloader put to real use by real users!

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