We have done our bit to bring technologies closer to the communities that need them the most and bringing together the social innovator. Much of our work was in drones - an emerging technology that we truly believe in. We have organized several multi-stakeholder workshops and coordinated projects. Here's our journey.
Nov 2018: Nandurbar is a district in Maharshtra that is mostly drought hit. We took up this exploration road trip with Global Futures Network, engaged with key stakeholders from the district and helped GFN plan their outreach activities in the region.
December 2018: We worked with the youth in Bordi village of Maharashtra with Global Futures Network in planning education and skill development projects in the region.
January 2019: We launched UAV Rapid Response Task Force for Disasters in Mumbai with multi-stakeholder groups from disasters, emergency response, drone pilots, drone associations and international development experts. Idea was to hold discussions and create a road-map for local-level disaster response by educating and empowering local teams.
February 2019: We demonstrated to the youth of Bordi about how drones can be used to benefit small-hold farmers and oriented them about the laws, policies, training and collaboration opportunities.
March 2019: We supported Nepal Flying Labs and Naxa's initiative to establish a drone professional's association in Nepal. We shared our insights and policy process in India. We aim to form a regional cooperation in South Asia for supporting each other in drone ecosystem for disasters and healthcare.
April 2019: We shared our vision and ground work done by Flying Labs at IIT Roorkee's Unmanned Aerial Systems in Geomatics 2019 Conference. We insisted on local capacity building in drones for disasters, especially during the preparedness phase, and the application of drones for sustainable development with community engagement.
May 2019: We organize a mega 3-day multi-stakeholder workshop on Co-creating Sustainable Futures with Drones and AI at IIT Delhi with WeRobotics where about 80 participants charted out plans and strategies for using drones for disasters, healthcare, conservation, agriculture, youth empowerment and sustainable development.
June 2019: After mega Cyclone Fani hit the shores of Odisha, we demonstrated to the Government of Odisha the safe, ethical and responsible use of drones with powerful machine learning tools for a transparent and efficient damage assessment process. We proposed capacity building in the vulnerable state to make it self-sufficient in the wake of future disasters.
July 2019: We shared our learning and experiences from the field work in disasters at Global Inclusive Disaster Management Conference 2019 and stressed upon ethical use of management of drone data, abiding the Humanitarian UAV Code of Conduct and local capacity building during the preparedness phase of any disaster.
August 2019: August 2019 was a particularly busy month for us as we helped coordinate several drone-based disaster response projects in Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kerala, Gujarat, Punjab and Bihar. The local teams were inducted in processes of UAV Rapid Response Task Force and were able to coordinate with the local government and emergency responders to extend their drone services for floods and landslides.
September 2019: We organized capacity-building workshop in the state of Odisha to train a batch of young professionals in ethical, safe and responsible use of drones and drone-data for various stages of disaster response.
November 2019: We worked with Nagaland State Disaster Management Authority to organize a 5-day workshop for their state-wide team of district disaster management officers in using drones for data during disasters with WeRobotics, Nepal Flying Labs and India Flying Labs.
August 2018: We organized the 2nd meeting of UAV Rapid Response Task Force just after Maharashtra floods to retrain the local team in disaster response using drones.
September 2019: We participated at International Conference on Entrepreneurship and Innovation held at Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand and presented on Drones for Social Good.
September 2019: We presented on Localization of Drone-based Disaster Response at Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore during the annual meeting on 'Emergency Flood Response and Management using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles'.
October 2019: We were on the panel of Healthcare Drones at the 3rd Annual Drone Innovators Network Meeting organized by World Economic Form discussing the challenges and opportunities for drones in healthcare in India.
October 2019: We were on the panel of discussing Drones for Social Transformation at the India Economic Summit organized by World Economic Form discussing the challenges and opportunities for drones in healthcare, disasters, agriculture and development.
October 2019: We were on the panel of discussing challenges and opportunities for Women in Science at the India Economic Summit organized by World Economic Form.
November 2019: We presented on Drones and AI for Disasters at National Frontiers of Science organised by Indian National Young Academy of Science, supported by Indian National Science Academy, NIPGR and Office of Principal Scientific Advisor to Government of India.
December 2019: We presented on Drones for Disasters at the 18th International Conference on Information Technology organized by International Institute for Information Technology, Bhubaneshwar.
December 2019: We participated in the workshop on 'National AI Ethics Framework' organized by NITI Aayog and World Economic Forum to co-create national standards and ethics for AI and responsible use of data generated by the emerging technologies.
December 2019: We participated in the annual Techfest at Indian Institute for Technology Bombay to connect with the youth for applying drones for social good.
December 2019: We participated in the panel discussion on Drones as First Responders at the Drone Festival of India organized by Drone Federation of India.
January 2020: We participated in the workshop organized by WeRobotics, SheMaps and Philippines Flying Labs to be trained as trainers for using drones for school education, especially with students from vulnerable communities.
March 2020: We were one of the ten finalists selected as one of the finalists at Aarambh 2020, a competition organized for women-led businesses by Shiprocket, for our Project WINGS.
April 2020: As the COVID-19 cases surged, we geared up to respond with our local drone teams and associations spread out all over the country. We organized a series of webinars during this time to connect, educate and track the activities.
April 2020: We mentored the finalists of Fight Corona Ideathon co-organized by Ministry of Human Resource Development's Innovation Cell, AICTE and InnovatioCuris.
April 2020: We interacted with students of Amity University in a webinar organized by Institution Innovation Council to share ideas on how robotics and data are helping tackle the pandemic and what are the opportunities for application of drones, mapping , data and AI in social innovations.
April 2020: We participated in the panel discussion on Drones and COVID-19 with WeRobotics at World Summit on Information Society (WSIS) Talks organized by International Telecommunication Union to share our ground experiences and learnings from using drones in COVID-19.
May 2020: We teamed up with MUKTI team in West Bengal to support drone-based damage assessment after Cyclone Amphan with the help of local drone pilots in our network.
May 2020: We co-organized a webinar on 'Indian Student Bodies in UAVs' with Aerial Robotics club of IIT Kanpur which connected with more than 200 students from various IITs across the country to discuss about applications and careers in drones.
June 2020: We organized Advanced Course in Drones for Development which had about 80 participants learn from more than 30 knowledge experts, complete 30 assignments and discuss over 30 topics in 30 days.
July 2020: We organized a week-long interaction with stakeholders in education and skill development in a webinar series co-organized with Electronics Sector Skills Council of India called D for Drones.
July 2020: We participated in the webinar organized by Technology Engineering and Management Society of The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and presented our work on using drones for social impact.