UAV Working Group
A collaborative effort from the beginning, VillageReach and partners developed the UAV for Payload Delivery Working Group (UPDWG) to serve as an informal knowledge and resource-sharing mechanism for those involved in the development, advancement, and application of UAS for public health and supply chain improvement. VillageReach coordinates all the group, donating staff time to organize calls, webinars, resources, and member outreach. Over the past year, UPDWG membership has grown to more than 80 individuals from dozens of organizations and countries. Quarterly webinars have covered topics including transportation cost modeling analysis and community and government perceptions of UAV use in sub-Saharan Africa. Future topics may include navigating the regulatory environment for country buy-in, shared frameworks for evaluating the impact of UAS, and sustainable business models for UAV system interventions.
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Wednesday, August 22nd at 10:00 AM ET time (GMT -4)
Barry Koperberg from Wings for Aid will present their experience following their recent, successful round of UAV payload testing in the Dominican Republic. He will be sharing the process Wings for Aid underwent for these UAV tests on the following topics, including any challenges they faced, and lessons learned.
- clearances for equipment (import/export), government permissions, etc
- stakeholder management (government, partners, community, etc)
- UAV testing environment preparation and setup
The Wings for Aid foundation aims to help humanitarian aid organisations to bridge ‘the last mile’ by the use of UAV/drone technology. At the heart of the service concept, there are fixed wing drones in combination with carton delivery boxes of 20kg. Currently, various sub-systems are undergoing testing in the field for future world-wide implementation. Wings for Aid has won an iF public value award in 2016, was amongst the top-10 innovators of USAID in 2017 and was granted a Sprint Project with the World Food Programme Innovation Accelerator in 2018.
Barry Koperberg (MBA) is a Dutch consultant specialised in cooperative innovation. He is founder and General Manager of the Wings for Aid foundation.
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