WeRobotics Flying Labs

We co-create local innovation labs – Flying Labs – in developing and at-risk countries to accelerate and scale the impact of our partners’ humanitarian, development, health and environmental efforts through the use of 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 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 and use aerial robotics, maritime robotics 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 local Flying Labs.

WeRobotics programs

WeRobotics is active across the fields of humanitarian aid, global development and environmental protection. We set-up and manage dedicated program tracks that run across all our Flying Labs. Working with program tracks allows to document lessons learned and insights within each sector of each Flying Lab, then sharing this knowledge across all labs and local partners to enable them to increase the impact of their sector-specific projects.

Discover our first program tracks here on the right. 

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.

Global development projects improve the human condition by alleviating poverty and reducing inequality, for example. These goals, along with the other Sustainable Development 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.

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.

Future WeRobotics programs may for example include HealthRobotics, RightsRobotics and AgriRobotics.

WeRobotics community

Our goal is to create a global robotics community targeting the humanitarian aid, global development and nature conservation sectors, bringing together all the stakeholders involved: local communities in developing countries, locally and globally active NGOs and the relevant robotics hardware and software manufacturers.

We will create this global community not only through our Flying Labs, but also by creating a global network through following actions:

Being part of our Google Group means to connect and actively exchange with thousands of like-minded individuals and be informed about global and local activities concentrating on robotics for the humanitarian, development and conservation sectors.

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We organize monthly Webinars, each on a specific topic to share our experience openly. You can find recordings of all our webinars on our Youtube channel.

Apart from actively participating in many conferences around the world, we organise a yearly WeRobotics conference that brings together all of our partners.

Our most recent conference took place in June 2017 in New York City.

WeRobotics Global 2017

WeRobotics Consulting Services

Our team brings together over 10 years of professional experience and expertise in scaling the positive impact of social good projects using appropriate robotics solutions. We want to share this experience not only with our Flying Labs partners but any other organisation that could take advantage of our completely independent guidance and expertise.

We create guidelines and offer consulting services for Feasibility Studies, Technology Evaluations, Hands-On Training and Applied Research.