Our Approach

We are building a global network of labs where people accelerate and scale the impact of their humanitarian aid, global development and environmental protection efforts using appropriate robotics solutions. We do this together with our local partners – universities, not-for-profit groups, community organizations and/or local government – and with our tech partners – robotics manufacturers, associated technology companies and research institutes. We follow this Humanitarian Code of Conduct and use the following four-phased framework to co-create our global network of labs.

Countries and cities are confronted with a host of aid, development and environmental challenges and opportunities. This explains why local partners approach us for guidance. We identify which robotics solutions might help them overcome the most pressing challenges in their sectors. We carefully match their needs with the most appropriate robotics technologies. We then team up with relevant tech partners to make these robotics solutions accessible to local partners along with relevant skills.

We provide the necessary skills and robotics technologies to our local partners by offering hands-on professional training at our Flying Labs. We also collaborate on local projects as part of this training. Our tech partners play a vital role in making this tech and knowledge accessible to local partners. Once this capacity building is completed, our local partners can independently implement future projects using the robotics solution in question.

Our local partners continue using robotics technologies in aid, development and environmental projects. They document their projects and impact, and they share their lessons learned with our global network of Flying Labs. Our local partners use this new knowledge and experience to improve and expand the impact of their subsequent projects. We support our local partners and follow up on their progress as they become an increasingly skilled, experienced and high-tech workforce.

Our Flying Labs have demonstrated local market demand for robotics-as-a-service and generated a skilled local workforce to meet that demand. With these building blocks in place, we catalyze new business opportunities at our Labs by providing expert coaching, organizing local start-up competitions and connecting local entrepreneurs with sources of seed funding.

Meanwhile, local partners have identified new needs that require different robotics solutions. WeRobotics uses this same four-phased framework to guide the collaboration again, matching local needs with new robotics solutions and by transferring new knowledge and technologies to the Flying Labs. In time, our more experienced Flying Labs will take the lead in training newly created Flying Labs. We keep everything running smoothly through our dedicated sector-based programs.

Our Programs

WeRobotics is active across the fields of humanitarian aid, global development and environmental protection. We transfer a range of skills and robotics solutions to our local partners so they can scale the impact of their aid, development and environmental projects. Our dedicated sector-based programs carry out these activities through our Flying Labs. These programs enable our local partners to increase the impact of their sector-specific projects through improved data collection and/or payload delivery. The programs also serve to document lessons learned and insights within each sector. In the process, we catalyze a highly skilled, local workforce and facilitate the incubation of new, high-tech businesses using our Flying Labs. Future WeRobotics programs may include HealthRobotics, RightsRobotics and AgriRobotics, for example.

AidRobotics

Disaster risk reduction, response and recovery projects require data to make timely and informed decisions. Humanitarian aid also requires the transportation of relief supplies such as essential medicines. Robotics technologies like “drones” or “UAVs” can create high-resolution risk maps and transport essential payloads in support of humanitarian efforts. Our AidRobotics Program identifies local humanitarian needs that can be addressed using robotics solutions. We then transfer relevant skills and appropriate robotics technologies to our Flying Labs partners so they can increase the impact of their humanitarian efforts. In sum, AidRobotics seeks to alleviate suffering after natural disasters

DevRobotics

Global development projects improve the human condition by alleviating poverty and reducing inequality, for example. These goals, along with the other Sustainable Develpoment Goals (SDGs), require data to be successful. Our DevRobotics Program identifies local development needs that can be addressed using robotics solutions. Aerial robotics, for example, can help local partners map and monitor informal settlements, social infrastructure and waste management issues in more efficient and productive ways. We transfer relevant skills and robotics technologies to Flying Labs partners who want new tools to increase the impact of their development projects. In sum, DevRobotics seeks to improve the human condition.

EcoRobotics

Aerial robotics is creating new ways to protect fragile ecosystems by monitoring wildlife and natural habitats more effectively and efficiently. For our local partners working in nature conservation, robotics technologies give them the tools they need to generate actionable analysis and timely insights for decision-making. In addition, aerial robots can be used to take stunning aerial photos that enable nature conservation group to more effectively communicate their cause by capturing the public’s imagination. In sum, EcoRobotics seeks to transfer relevant skills and robotics technologies to our Flying Labs partners so they can better protect our beautiful planet.