Cameroon Flying Labs launched to support students, innovators, entrepreneurs, and passionate changemakers to employ technology to confront the challenges faced by their communities. Cameroon Flying Labs helps these local experts use drones and AI technologies in health, humanitarian, development, and environmental sectors by launching projects and workshops with regional and international partners.
Since launching in 2018, Cameroon Flying Labs has engaged youth in hands-on training to boost education quality, access, and inclusion. Cameroon Flying Labs uses drones and robotics in free workshops for universities and primary schools and internships for local engineering students.
The team also promotes leadership and entrepreneurship skills through various partnerships, including TME Education and Twin Science. In 2019, for example, Cameroon Flying Labs and TME Education conducted a drone flight and safety training. The resulting project included the mapping of swampy areas affected by floods during the rainy season. Once the team analyzed the aerial images, the authorities were able to take appropriate measures, mainly regarding an ongoing government project to rehabilitate the locality’s irrigation system and its relationship to the flooding.
Now in its third year, Cameroon Flying Labs is under new leadership, including:
- Dessap Loic, founder of RobotSave;
- Andre Junior Bidjogo, CEO & Founder of Global Map Lumia;
- Tchabo Paul, entrepreneur;
- Louis Ekani, CEO of House of Innovation;
- Musi Max, drone pilot and electronics engineer;
- Fangang Cesaire, aeronautical engineer; and
- Michael Tchuisse, topographic survey expert
Cameroon Flying Labs is redoubling its efforts to empower local experts and students and providing support for projects that address UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) #4 Quality Education, #5 Gender Equality, #9 Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure; #10 Reduced Inequalities, #11 Sustainable Cities and Communities, #13 Climate Action, and #17 Partnerships for the Goals. As the team undertakes new projects this year, they look forward to providing updates on our blog and their web page.