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 interested in safely and legally supporting humanitarian efforts when the need arises. I’ve been thinking through the concept for months now and have benefited from great feedback. The result is this draft strategy document; the keyword being draft. The concept is still being developed and there’s still room for improvement. So I very much welcome more constructive feedback.
Click here to join the list-serve for this initiative, which I’m referring to as the Humanitarian UAViators Network. Thank you for sharing this project far and wide—it will only work if we get a critical mass of UAV pilots from all around the world. Of course, launching such a network raises more questions than answers, but I welcome the challenge and believe members of UAViators will be well placed to address and manage these challenges.
More on me & my background here: iRevolution.net/bio
Very interesting project indeed, you should have a look here: http://hot.openstreetmap.org/ they do disaster mapping and would be very interested in such project I believe.
I would be myself very interested to join, please let me know how I can help
Thanks for the quick reply, Alain! Yes, I know the HOT OSM folks well, we collaborated in response to the Haiti Earthquake back in 2010 and in response several other disasters since. They're sending me some UAV imagery from Tacloban (Philippines) for project very much related to UAViators.
Many thanks for your kind offer to help! I'd be super grateful for any feedback you may have on the strategy document.
You're very welcome, I need to take a bit of time going through your draft, and I'll come back to you
Many thanks for your reply, Michael. Yes, Timothy is a colleague and he provided great feedback on earlier drafts of the strategy document. He has also kindly offered to advertise on other list-serves. This is not duplicative, UAViators has a very specific humanitarian focus and is geared towards fostering a direct collaboration with humanitarian organizations.
Thanks again for your questions.