Youth, Skills, & the Workforce of the Future


Scaling the impact of humanitarian aid, global development, and environmental protection efforts with robotics solutions

Team Lead

Patrick Meier

AT AT Allan Timms

I don't understand why you are promoting small scale drone work to enable data collection over vast areas of land & sea, when your workers would be better off reviewing Orbcomm/LEO satellite data to provide solutions over larger areas at lesser costs.

BG BG bikash gurung

This is a amazing work to create jobs for the youth force through skills transfer and prepare for the future.

Jack Markell

In response to We're looking for partners in these fields:

Do you have organizations in the countries where you want to operate that will be your "boots on the ground?"

Patrick Meier

Yes, we recently carried out a 3 week scoping mission in the South Pacific at the request of the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC). We met with multiple stakeholders in Fiji, Vanuatu and the Cook Islands including National Red Cross Societies, National Disaster Management Organizations, Secretariat of Pacific Communities (SPC), University of the South Pacific, multiple UN agencies (eg, OCHA and WFP) as well as multiple Ministries.

Jack Markell

In response to How we will sustain our team financially:

I'd like to understand in more detail why this is self-sustaining. What kind of consulting services do you offer, what do you charge, how much of a subsidy will that need to cover for the training itself?
Also, how do you cover the cost of the capital (the drones and robotics equipment)?

Patrick Meier

In the past year (June 2016 - June 2017), we received a total of 138 requests for our expertise from 47 countries across 6 continents. The demand is already there. This demand includes requests for customized trainings, pilot projects and policy reviews, for example. As such, not all requests are for full fledged Flying Labs. To this end, we’ve launched consultancy services as described here: Our individual Flying Labs are also receiving an increasing number of requests for their services (training, projects, data processing, etc.) This means that they are able to start charging a fee for service, making them less dependent on grant funding. During our scoping mission in the South Pacific this past April, we identified a dozen stakeholders with clearly defined use-cases and needs for robotics.

We have formal partnerships with leading companies in the robotics industry including DJI, senseFly, Parrot Group, OpenROV, ESRI and Pix4D. This often gives us access to robotics equipment at a discount. Thanks to our partnership with ESRI and Pix4D, all our Flying Labs have access to their software for free.

Jack Markell

In response to Our solution:

It would be helpful to know the size of the potential market -- how many jobs might there be in this field?

Patrick Meier

We’ve identified a dozen prospective clients for drone-related projects across the Pacific. We believe this is just the tip of the latent demand that exists, as has been the case in the other regions we have worked in. While localized market data is difficult to obtain, we see the global Drones-as-a-Service market growing substantially over the next few years (see data below), and we believe that island nations in particular will make great use of this technology due to their geography.

According to Markets and Markets, “the [world] drone services market is estimated to be USD 705.3 Million in 2016 and is projected to reach USD 18,022.7 Million by 2022”. According to Global Market Insights Inc. “Aerial imaging market size is estimated to be valued at over USD 2.64 billion by 2022... Asia Pacific aerial imaging market share is estimated to grow at a CAGR of 13.4% from 2015 to 2022.”

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