We are a global network of local knowledge hubs – “Flying Labs ®” – in developing countries, co-created by WeRobotics. The goal of our Flying Labs is to localize the safe, responsible and meaningful use of robotics – such as drones – to accelerate social good solutions. Flying Labs also contribute to building local ecosystems and markets, creating new jobs through the use of robotics and associated data products.
Two Models to Build WeRobotics’ Flying Labs Network
Regional Flying Labs
To support the setup of our Flying Labs network, WeRobotics takes advantage of a tested and validated 4-Phase Framework. This institutional framework serves to sustainably localize emerging technologies. It guides the local capacity building activities in a structured and scalable manner. Through this framework, Flying Labs can quickly deploy aerial, marine and terrestrial robotics for a range of local applications across a range of different sectors.
Countries and cities are confronted with a host of aid, development, public health and environmental challenges and opportunities. This explains why local partners approach us for guidance. We identify which robotics solutions (if any) might help them overcome the most pressing challenges in their sectors. We then team up with relevant Technology partners to make these robotics solutions, along with relevant skills, accessible to local stakeholders.
We provide the necessary skills and robotics technologies to local stakeholders and individuals through hands-on professional training at our Flying Labs. We also collaborate on local projects as part of this training. The purpose of these projects is twofold: to reinforce the training and to enable local stakeholders to generate immediate impact by focusing on their priority projects. Our Technology partners play a vital role in making tech and knowledge accessible locally. Our goal is for local stakeholder to implement future projects independently using the appropriate robotics solution.
Local stakeholders continue using robotics technologies in aid, development, health and environmental projects. They document their projects and impact, and they share their lessons learned with our global network of Flying Labs. Through their work, they improve and expand the positive impact of their subsequent projects. We support our local stakeholders with advice, rental possibilities of hard- and software and follow up on their progress as they become an increasingly skilled, experienced and high-tech workforce.
By now, our Flying Labs have generated a skilled local workforce to meet the growing demand for robotics solutions. With these building blocks in place, we catalyze new business opportunities at our Flying Labs by providing “Robotics as a Service” Business Incubation Programs. Through such programs, we organize local business plan competitions and provide winning teams with seed funding to get started.
Meanwhile, local members of the Flying Labs may have identified new needs that require different robotics solutions. WeRobotics uses the same four-phased framework to guide the collaboration again, matching local needs with new robotics solutions and by transferring new knowledge and technologies to the Flying Labs. In time, our most experienced Flying Labs take the lead in co-creating and training new Flying Labs in their region.
Donors and Partners
Following donors and partners invest through WeRobotics in the global Flying Labs network.