Drones for social good

Patrick Meier, WeRobotics co-founder and executive director

In the Amazon, we've delivered anti-venom for snakebites within 35 minutes to very remote villages, when they would have taken six hours for boats.

  • WeRobotics uses drones to deliver aid, healthcare and environmental efforts in developing countries.
  • They have enabled more than 30 high-impact projects in a dozen countries, for example, training and deploying local drone pilots after a cyclone to better assess aid requirements.
  • Co-founder Dr Patrick Meier is an internationally-recognized expert on humanitarian technology, who has worked with international organizations including the United Nations and the World Bank. He has won various awards and given 200+ talks including TEDx.
  • Driven by his childhood in Africa, he believes AI can scale solutions to humanitarian aid, public health, nature conservation and development challenges through timely, precise and affordable data and new transport solutions.
  • There are currently about 20 local Flying Labs and they expect to double that number in the next couple of years, via peer-to-peer training and best practice sharing.

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