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Unusual Solvers Competition on Drones/AI: Over $200K in prizes

Dear All,
 
We've just launched an international competition in partnership with the Omidyar Network and would very much value your kind help in sharing this new opportunity far…
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Added by Patrick Meier on June 19, 2019 at 2:26am — 2 Comments

Drone Charter on Equal Opportunity and Inclusion

Local drone experts, entrepreneurs and engineers from 23 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Oceania have signed this Charter on Equal Opportunity &…

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Added by Patrick Meier on June 6, 2019 at 5:54am — No Comments

New: Online course on Cargo Drones in Public Health

Dear All,

We're pleased to announce the upcoming launch of our newest online course, which several colleagues at the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) have already…

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Added by Patrick Meier on April 3, 2019 at 3:45am — 3 Comments

New! Online Training on Humanitarian Drone Missions



We're pleased to announce the launch of the WeRobotics Online Training Institute and our first course on Drones in Humanitarian Action. We'd be very grateful for your help in forwarding this new opportunity to your contacts.



Commercial drones, or unmanned aerial…
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Added by Patrick Meier on April 18, 2018 at 7:01am — No Comments

How We're Using Drones for Zika Control

Mosquitoes are one of the world’s biggest killers, responsible for spreading deadly diseases including Zika, dengue and malaria. Among the many ways being researched to combat this threat is the Sterile Insect Technique (SIT) – flooding the environment with non-biting, sterile male mosquitoes,…

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Added by Patrick Meier on January 11, 2018 at 9:48am — No Comments

World Bank launches Open AI Challenge for Aerial Imagery of South Pacific

Disasters in the South Pacific are a reality. In the past 10 years, major Cyclones have seriously affected hundreds of islands across Fiji, Tonga, Vanuatu and Samoa to name a few; disrupting millions of lives and causing millions of dollars of damage. Many of the countries in the Pacific region are…

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Added by Patrick Meier on January 11, 2018 at 9:30am — 3 Comments

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…

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Added by Patrick Meier on June 13, 2017 at 11:31am — 2 Comments

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,…

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Added by Patrick Meier on April 3, 2017 at 12:24am — No Comments

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…

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Added by Patrick Meier on February 13, 2017 at 12:16am — 6 Comments

First Ever Cargo Drone Deliveries in Amazon Rainforest

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 of 45 snakebites per month and no rapid access to anti-venom…

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Added by Patrick Meier on December 22, 2016 at 7:41am — 5 Comments

The Most Comprehensive Study on Drones in Humanitarian Action

In August 2015, the Swiss humanitarian organization FSD kindly hired me as a consultant to work on the EU-ECHO funded Drones in Humanitarian Action program. I had the pleasure of working closely with FSD and team during the past 16 months. Today represents the culmination of a lot of hard work by many dedicated individuals. Today we’re launching our comprehensive report on “Drones in Humanitarian…

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Added by Patrick Meier on December 2, 2016 at 7:30am — No Comments

TEDx Talk on Humanitarian Drones

I recently gave a TEDx talk on Humanitarian Drones. Aside from my slip up on triangles vs rectangles (sigh), I hope that talks like this will help get the word out about the very real humanitarian applications of aerial robotics. Here's the short video of the…
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Added by Patrick Meier on November 2, 2016 at 10:45am — 6 Comments

Largest Survey To Date Confirms Humanitarian Groups Favor of Using Drones

I've been working with the Swiss Humanitarian Organization FSD on a number of Humanitarian UAV Research Projects since 2015. The results of one of these projects is finally public: The Drones in Humanitarian Actions Survey, funded by EU Humanitarian Aid. The purpose of this survey was to take a closer…

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Added by Patrick Meier on September 8, 2016 at 3:36pm — No Comments

World Bank: Call for Interest - Field Testing UAVs in Small Island States

Please find here the World Bank's official Call for Interest to field-test UAVs for a range of humanitarian applications in the Asia Pacific. Given that I'm part of the WB…

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Added by Patrick Meier on September 6, 2016 at 9:49am — No Comments

This is How Nepalis are Using Drones for Humanitarian & Environmental Projects

In September 2015, we were invited by our partner Kathmandu University to provide them and other key stakeholders with professional hands-on training to help them scale the positive impact of their humanitarian efforts following the devastating earthquakes. More specifically, our partners were looking to get trained on how to…

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Added by Patrick Meier on June 29, 2016 at 9:51am — No Comments

Rockefeller Foundation Funds Humanitarian Drones Startup

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Our world is experiencing an unprecedented shift from manually controlled technologies to increasingly intelligent and autonomous systems powered by artificial intelligence (AI). I believe that this radical shift in both efficiency and productivity can have significant positive social impact when it is channeled responsibly, locally and sustainably.…

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Added by Patrick Meier on May 18, 2016 at 5:03am — 3 Comments

Combining Human Computing and Machine Learning to Make Sense of Big (Aerial) Data for Disaster Response

Recently published peer-reviewed scientific article:

Aerial imagery captured via unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) is playing an increasingly important role in disaster response. Unlike satellite imagery, aerial imagery can be captured and processed within hours…

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Added by Patrick Meier on March 24, 2016 at 7:58am — 3 Comments

Using Aerial Robotics and Virtual Reality to Inspect Earthquake Damage in Taiwan

The 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck southern Taiwan shortly before 4 in the morning on Saturday, February 6th. Later in the day, aerial robots were used to capture areal images of the disaster damage, like the one below.…

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Added by Patrick Meier on February 7, 2016 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

Video: Crisis Mapping Nepal with UAVs

I had the honor of spearheading this disaster recovery UAV mission in Nepal a few weeks ago as part of Kathmandu Flying Labs. This Flying Lab is the first of several local UAV innovation labs that I am setting up with friends and…

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Added by Patrick Meier on November 4, 2015 at 10:15am — 1 Comment

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Season Two of the Trust Time Trial (T3) Contest 
A list of all T3 contests is here. The current round, the Vertical Horizontal one, is here

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