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 talk.
Thank you,

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Comment by Andrew Tridgell on November 2, 2016 at 2:06pm

Fantastic talk Patrick! I am really in awe of what you have achieved with humanitarian drones.

Comment by Michael Johnston on November 2, 2016 at 3:32pm

Bravo to you and your extended team!!

Comment by Patrick Meier on November 3, 2016 at 5:57am

Many thanks for your kind words, Andrew and Michael, definitely a big team effort. I'll be sure to share your kind support with the rest of the team!

Comment by Patrick Meier on November 3, 2016 at 5:58am

ps. and we need all the help we can get : ) so feel free to email me (patrick@werobotics.org) if you'd like to volunteer at one of our Flying Labs (Nepal, Tanzania and Peru).

Comment by Pascal P. on November 3, 2016 at 8:19am

Very good video Patrick. But I had a recent sad experience with local authorities about drone survey in catastrophic event. Railway accident in Africa, probably more than 100-150 killed (officials say 80). Drones are not allowed very easily where officials are touchy about sensitive information.

Comment by Patrick Meier on November 3, 2016 at 8:26am

Really sorry to hear about the railway accident, Pascal : (

Yes, there are certainly important sensitivities around data collection. This explains why I worked with the UN, Red Cross, World Bank, USAID and others to create a Humanitarian Drones Code of Conduct, which includes guidelines on data protection. The latter was primarily written by the International Committee of the Red Cross and the American Red Cross. More on that here:


The Code of Conduct was updated again this year, but I don't want to suggest it is perfect. It isn't. So I very much welcome feedback from the DIYdrones community so we can improve the document further.

Thanks again, Pascal, and sorry to hear about the train tragedy. Working in the humanitarian space is not easy (understatement). I'm still traumatized by the 2010 Haiti earthquake. 


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