WeRobotics Global 2017

WeRobotics Global 2017 was a great success – read about it in our recent blog post.  You can find video recordings of the sessions, as well as the speakers’ slides, below on this page. And if you’re interested in our next WeRobotics Global event, stay tuned for announcements on our website, social media pages, and google group.



The shift from manually controlled technologies to more autonomous and intelligent systems has important implications for those of us working on humanitarian, development, environmental, resilience, and public health projects around the world. Robotics is already leading to significant gains in productivity and efficiency in other industries. The ability of robotics to radically scale human work is what makes this new technology so important for social good projects. At the same time, the introduction of robotics does present important challenges.


WeRobotics Global brings together leading practitioners working at the intersection of robotics and social good efforts. The purpose of WeR Global is to highlight some of the most promising projects in the robotics for social good space along with the main lessons learned, continuing challenges and future trends. The experts meeting will include talks from leading humanitarian, development, environmental and public health professionals along with input from leading robotics experts and companies that specialize in aerial robotics (drones), marine robotics and ground robotics.


This unique meeting will be kept small (under 50 participants) to maximize interaction and learning. Representatives from the following groups have been invited: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), World Food Program (WFP), World Bank, FAO/IAEA Insect Pest Control Lab (IPLC), Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), Medair, University of Pennsylvania’s General Robotics Lab (GRASP), Amazon, Facebook, Uber, Starship Technologies amongst others.


WeR Global is invite-only. We are holding a select number of spots for external experts to join us. If interested, kindly email peter@werobotics.org with a one paragraph application explaining why you should participate in this global experts meeting.


Session 1 Videos

Introduction - Patrick Meier

Session 1 featured our Flying Labs Coordinators, and opened with Patrick Meier’s convening presentation which provided an overview of WeRobotics and the big picture context for social sector robotics. Patrick introduced the three Flying Labs Coordinators, and spoke about the unique skills and expertise they’re helping to build locally, strengthening the WeRobotics Network as a whole and paving the way for any potential future labs to join. Patrick’s presentation slides.

Tanzania Flying Labs - Yussuf Said Yussuf

Tanzania Flying Labs coordinator Yussuf Said Yussuf spoke about his lab’s use of aerial robotics for disaster damage assessment following the earthquake in Bukoba, and for coastal monitoring, environmental monitoring, and forestry management. He also emphasized the importance of community engagement, and previewed some new projects that Tanzania Flying Labs is working on such as mangrove monitoring for the Department of Forestry. Yussuf’s Presentation Slides

Peru Flying Labs - Juan Bergelund

Peru Flying Labs coordinator Juan Bergelund presented the work of the labs in the Amazon Rainforest, which is a joint effort with the Peruvian Ministry of Health. Together, they are field-testing the use of affordable and locally repairable flying robots for the delivery of antivenom and other medical payload between local clinics and remote villages. Juan noted that Peru Flying Labs is gearing up to carry out a record number of flight tests this summer using a larger and more diverse fleet of flying robots. Juan’s Presentation Slides

Nepal Flying Labs - Uttam Pudasaini

Uttam Pudasaini showed how Nepal Flying Labs has been using flying robots for agriculture monitoring, damage assessment and mapping of property rights. He also gave an overview of the social entrepreneurship training and business plan competition recently organized by Nepal Flying Labs. This business incubation training has resulted in the launch of 4 new Nepali start-up companies focused on Robotics-as-a-Service. Uttam’s Presentation Slides