Welcome to UAViators

UAViators (You-Aviators)

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

With over 2,900 members in 120+ countries, our mission is to promote the safe, coordinated and effective use of UAVs for data collection and cargo delivery 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 aid and development partners. We actively promote community engagement & educate UAV operators. We convene Experts Meetings and facilitate information sharing, coordination and learning across all our efforts. Our pilot roster includes 500+ UAV pilots in 70+ countries.

Our objectives are thus five-fold: establish clear standards for the responsible use of UAVs and provide up-to-date regulatory information; document lessons learned and best practices; provide hands-on UAV training; inform UAV deployments during disasters; 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 at MIT. We taught the first ever Humanitarian UAV training courses in Europethe US and Asia for humanitarian and development professionals. In addition, we convened a high-level policy forum supported by the Rockefeller Foundation to further develop our international code of conduct. We also joined the Drones in Humanitarian Action research program in 2015. In 2016, we launched WeRobotics to provide professional training and aerial technologies directly to local partners in developing countries.

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 announcements to the Forum. Use the email-list instead if you're looking for input.
  5. Read, improve and share our Code of Conduct and Best Practices Guide.
  6. If you're a pilot, please join the Pilot Roster here.

New! Founder Patrick Meier's new TEDx talk on Humanitarian UAVs. See also his book, Digital Humanitarians, which has been praised by experts at Harvard, MIT, Stanford, Oxford, United Nations, Red Cross, Work Bank and more. The book features members of UAViators in action.

Global Forum

Assistance with university research project

Hello. I am a student in the Master of Emergency and Disaster Management (MEMDM) program at the Charles Darwin University (CDU) which is located in Darwin, capital of the Northern Territory in Australia. Presently, I am completing the Research Project component of the MEMDM program.  The topic for my research is Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and their application for use in the Humanitarian Sector.  I am endeavouring to locate some representatives from organisations in the humanitarian sector…

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WeRobotics Webinar - Community Perceptions of Drones in Africa

Dear all, On Tuesday, August 15th at 9am EST, WeRobotics will be a hosting a webinar entitled: "Witchcraft and Explosions: how do community perceptions to humanitarian drones differ in Tanzania and Malawi?"   Speaking will be Alexander Fraser, BSc Geography Undergraduate student at the University of Edinburgh. Alexander has spent time recently shadowing the WeRobotics team in Zanzibar and a UNICEF team in Kasungu, conducting interviews with community elders, chiefs, matriarchs, village…

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Requesting input: OpenAerialMap user survey open until July 7

Hello UAViators Community -  OpenAerialMap is running a user survey to gather opinions and input for future growth. Whether you have contributed imagery to OAM or not, we're looking for you input.  You can access the survey here: http://bit.ly/oam-user-survey. Over the past two years, many people - contributors and imagery users - have been a part of the community. We at the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team are happy to see steady growth over the last two years. The purpose of this survey is to…

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Request for Proposals - Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Services

The Global Health Supply Chain Project-Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) project will launch a pilot project in a Southern African country to test the incorporation of UAV cargo carrying technologies to improve health outcomes through increased delivery speed and improved availability of commodities.  Companies or organizations interested in receiving a copy of the request for proposal (RFP) solicitation document should indicate their interest by sending an email to…

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