Discovery for UAVs in Humanitarian Response
By engaging drone innovators, humanitarians, and policy makers, we explored use cases of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for humanitarian response.
Can drones save lives? InSTEDD explored the potential for drones in humanitarian response, with Cisco CSR, through expert interviews, desk research, a site visit to the Philippines, and a three-day UAV design workshop at Singularity University, the NASA Ames Research Campus. The workshop was attended by technical experts and representatives from organizations that stand to gain from integrating UAVs, including Doctors Without Borders and the World Food Programme. The workshop culminated with an open to the public presentation event in Singularity University Labs. The most promising use cases for UAV deployment in humanitarian response were identified, with responders and drone experts coming together to prioritize needs and set concrete objectives needed to make the visions of greatest impact possible.