WeRobotics Global 2017

When & Where

Thursday June 1, 2017 at the Rockefeller Foundation, 420 Fifth Avenue, New York City, USA



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.