TIDES attends Drones for Development Deep Dive
On 22 January in Washington, D.C., TIDES took part in an IREX-sponsored an event called "Drones for Development" which brought together specialists, practitioners, and scientists from the U.S. Government, Department of Defense, private sector, and non-profit organizations to discuss rapid advances in Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) and system developments, policy challenges, and potential application in the developing world. (https://docs.google.com/document/d/1wO6z9223yGqfYzGuaIebBLtUzrLXx62xaIm1...) Following four presentations, participants brainstormed on applications of micro- to midsized UAVs in domestic and civilian environments. They also discussed potential policy challenges and logistical hurdles surrounding UAVs.
Some topics discussed included using UAVs to track wildlife and interdict poachers in Africa; developing the growing interest in UAV technology in the US and internationally; as well as potential applications of UAVs in the developing world's infrastructure and rural environments.
One of the more interesting ideas presented was MatterNet, which was conceived at Singularity University as a way to utilize unmanned aerial systems for delivering light cargo in rural and developing environments where infrastructure is insufficient: http://vimeo.com/28247681