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Welcome to UAViators

UAViators (pronounced You-Aviators)

"Humanitarian organizations should engage in initiatives like the Humanitarian UAV Network."
          - United Nations (OCHA) Policy Brief 

Our Mission: to promote the safe, coordinated and effective use of UAVs for data collection, payload delivery and communication services in a wide range of humanitarian and development settingsWe do this by developing and championing international guidelines for the responsible use of UAVs. We actively promote operational safety and document lessons learned and best practices. We never self-deploy. We only mobilize at the request of established humanitarian & development partners. We actively promote community engagement and educate UAV operators. We convene Experts Meetings and facilitate information sharing, coordination and learning across all our efforts. Our pilot roster includes 300+ UAV pilots. And our partnership with Air-Vid gives us access to an additional 600+ vetted pilots in 60+ countries.

Our objectives are thus five-fold: establish clear standards for the responsible use of UAVs; document lessons learned and best practices; provide hands-on UAV training; inform UAV deployments; and catalyze research & information sharing. To pursue these objectives, we co-organized the first ever Humanitarian UAV Experts Meeting at the UN Secretariat and held this meeting again in 2015. We are also teaching the first ever UAV training courses in Europethe US and Nepal for humanitarian and development professionals. In addition, we recently convened a high-level policy forum supported by the Rockefeller Foundation to further develop our international guidelines

To get started:

  1. Please sign up (the private site has member-only features).
  2. Complete your profile and Start Here to make the most of your membership.
  3. Join ongoing conversations by adding yourself to the Email-List.
  4. Post insights, questions and announcements to the Forum.
  5. Read, improve and share our Code of Conduct and Best Practices Guide.
  6. If you're a pilot, please join the Rapid Response Roster here.


New! Founder Patrick Meier's new book, Digital Humanitarians, has already been endorsed by Harvard, MIT, Stanford, Oxford, United Nations, Red Cross, Work Bank and more. The book features members of UAViators in action. UAViators was originally launched at QCRI.

Global Forum

Using UAVs and Virtual Reality to Inspect Earthquake Damage in Taiwan

The 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck southern Taiwan shortly before 4 in the morning on Saturday, February 6th. Later in the day, aerial robots were used to capture areal images of the disaster damage. And before the day was out, Taiwan’s National Cheng Kung University used the aerial images to create the 3D model below. Click here to view these models and explore them using Virtual Reality

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WeRobotics is now Live!

We are excited to share we you the big news: we just launched WeRobotics.org at the 2016 International Drones/Robotics Awards in Dubai this morning! WeRobotics is a natural evolution for UAViators and will take over the operational responsibilities of our growing network of Flying Labs. Thank you for being an important part of this vision. Please help us spread the word: @WeRobotics #WeRobotics.

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UNFPA Innovation talk: UAVs & beyond - Public health supply chains -

UNFPA will be holding an innovation talk in Copenhagen regarding use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and robotics for public health supply chain with local university programmes in order to come up with a solutions-oriented conversation focused on the obstacles and creative solutions for applying UAVs and health robotics.   https://www.eventbrite.com/e/innovation-talk-uavs-beyond-public-health-supply-chains--tickets-20013902120

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UNICEF Hiring Technical Consultant for UAV Applications

To provide technical and other support to pilot projects that use open-source unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) and other open source technology to accelerate results for children. The consultant will be required to travel frequently to assess UNICEF Country Office needs, pilot and test projects, provide strategic guidance to UNICEF Innovation and provide technical support to projects in the innovation fund portfolio.…

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Nimrod Bedo, MinnesotaUAV, Apostolos Papakonstantinou and 1 more joined Humanitarian UAV Network
4 hours ago
Patrick Meier posted a discussion
The 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck southern Taiwan shortly before 4 in the morning on Saturday, February 6th. Later in the day, aerial robots were used to capture areal images of the disaster damage. And before the day was out, Taiwan’s National Ch…
4 hours ago
Ned Horning is now a member of Humanitarian UAV Network
Thursday
Patrick Meier posted a discussion
We are excited to share we you the big news: we just launched WeRobotics.org at the 2016 International Drones/Robotics Awards in Dubai this morning! WeRobotics is a natural evolution for UAViators and will take over the operational responsibilities…
Thursday
John Cassidy, Liz Duffell and Alessio Tixi joined Humanitarian UAV Network
Wednesday
LUÍS MACHADO and Charles Ranby joined Humanitarian UAV Network
Tuesday
Mike Hackler updated their profile photo
Tuesday
Chad Frazer and APEVANT are now friends
Feb 1
Veanessa Jones is now a member of Humanitarian UAV Network
Jan 30
Mary Jo Flynn and Evan Bossett joined Humanitarian UAV Network
Jan 29
Kinga Perge, David Troca, C T and 2 more joined Humanitarian UAV Network
Jan 28
Mark Meyer and Yusuf Ibn Yusuf are now friends
Jan 27
Francisco J Ruiz C. updated their profile photo
Jan 25
Francisco J Ruiz C. is now a member of Legal Team
Jan 25
Francisco J Ruiz C. is now a member of Flight Team
Jan 25
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