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UAViators (pronounced You-Aviators)

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

With well over 2,400 members in 80+ countries, our mission is to promote the safe, coordinated and effective use of UAVs for data collection, cargo 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 400+ UAV pilots and our partnership with Air-Vid gives us access to 600+ vetted pilots in 60+ 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 after 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 also taught the first ever Humanitarian UAV training courses in Europethe US and Nepal for humanitarian and development professionals. In addition, we 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.

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Big News: Rockefeller Foundation Funds UAViators Spinoff!

Dear UAViators, As many of you already know, we announced the official launch of WeRobotics at the International Drones for Good Awards in Dubai this past February: http://uaviators.org/forum/werobotics-is-now-live As we noted at the time, “WeRobotics is a natural evolution for UAViators and will take over the operational responsibilities of our growing network of Flying Labs.” ​ We’re now thrilled to report that the prestigious Rockefeller Foundation has just awarded WeRobotics a major grant…

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Tasking and coordination

Dear all If you follow the listserve, you will see that I just posted an announcement for the Beta launch of a new service called SnapBird (copy of announcement email below). The idea of SnapBird came from the observation that even if the 'Humanitarian UAV' sector is still relatively young and poorly understood by responders (let's not kid ourselves; it is..), it is growing fast and the need for sound tasking and coordination mechanisms is quickly becoming urgent. SnapBird is a client-centric…

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Android App that may be of use to this group, or contacts of this group

Hi All, With this group being all professional or skilled UAV operators, this app may or may not be of benefit to you. But, if you are coordinating with others that don't have access to the same technology as yourselves, or find yourselves working in an environment whereby the use of high tech equipment is restricted, then this may be of use. It's an Android app that allows you to leverage data from the sensors on your smartphone for use on anything that flies. It's been designed so that the…

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