Welcome to UAViators

UAViators (You-Aviators)

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

With over 3,000 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 in 2014 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. Use the Email-List if you're looking for direct input.
  4. Post 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 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

RFI for small drone technology with VTOL capability

PATH is assessing the availability of drone technologies that would be suitable for health product and lab specimen transport in the Fatick region, of Senegal. We are seeking industry information as a means of surveying the overall availability of qualified drone candidates prior to determining if we will release a formal request for proposal. Please follow the link to the sources sought notice that contains detailed information – Please note the first response date of 2/19/18 for confirmation…

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AUVSI XCELLENCE AWARD Drone Humanitarian Award Sponsored by D.J.I. APPLY!!!!

To all my drone humanitarian friends...if you are not sure where to apply for the AUVSI Xcellence drone humanitarian award sponsored by DJI--- HERE IS THE LINK!!! https://xcellenceawards.secure-platform.com/a/organizations/main/home?utm_source=Social&utm_medium=Twitter&utm_campaign=Awards please share with any other groups or forums you think may apply! Good luck and thank you to all of those who have done great work with their drones!

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Computer Vision / artificial intelligence

Hello, in the context of carnival in Haiti. Civil protection asks us to be able to count the number of people from drone images. Some algorithms are used. But the cleaning time is quite long. Do you have contacts or solutions with university. We try to join the central university of florida.   All the best, Moine Frederic for Potentiel3.0 team in Haiti Skype: fmoine74 Mobile: 0033 622 266 458 (same for whatsapp)   http://www.potentiel3-0.org/index.php/fr-fr/    

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