How we create local Flying Labs
We are co-creating local innovation labs – Flying Labs – to accelerate and scale the impact of our partners’ humanitarian, development, health and environmental efforts through the use of appropriate robotics solutions. We follow the Drone Code of Conduct for Social Good and use a four-phased framework to co-create our global network of labs. Through this framework our labs can quickly deploy aerial, maritime and terrestrial robotics for a range of local applications such as data collection and cargo transportation. Our framework is also available as a “start-up” kit for selected partners who wish to co-create their own Flying Lab.
Countries and cities are confronted with a host of aid, development, public health and environmental challenges and opportunities. This explains why local partners approach us for guidance. We identify which robotics solutions (if any) might help them overcome the most pressing challenges in their sectors. We then team up with relevant Technology partners to make these robotics solutions, along with relevant skills, accessible to local Social good partners.
We provide the necessary skills and robotics technologies to our local Social good partners by offering hands-on professional training at our Flying Labs. We also collaborate on local projects as part of this training. The purpose of these projects is twofold: to reinforce the training and to help our partners have immediate impact by focusing on their priority projects. Our Technology partners play a vital role in making this tech and knowledge accessible to local partners. Once this work is completed, our local partners can implement future projects independently using the appropriate robotics solution.
Our local Social good partners continue using robotics technologies in aid, development, health and environmental projects. They document their projects and impact, and they share their lessons learned with our global network of Flying Labs. These partners use their new knowledge and experience to improve and expand the positive 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.
By now, our Flying Labs have generated a skilled local workforce to meet the growing demand for robotics solutions. With these building blocks in place, we catalyze new business opportunities at our Labs by providing entrepreneurship and business management training specifically around robotics-as-a-service. We also organize a local business plan competition and provide the winning team with seed funding to get started.
Meanwhile, local members of the Flying Labs may have identified new needs that require different robotics solutions. WeRobotics uses the 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 most experienced Flying Labs take the lead in co-creating and training new Flying Labs in their region.
Where we create local Flying Labs
We create Flying Labs in developing and at-risk countries. The map below shows you where we are concentrating our efforts today and in what phase these labs are currently active. Find more information on our active Flying Labs on their specific websites:
Interested in starting your own Flying Lab? Get in touch! We will get you set up and connected to the global Flying Labs network.