We are very pleased to share that Skydio is now a formal technology partner of the Flying Labs Network and WeRobotics. Skydio’s impressively autonomous technology is unparalleled and opens up a whole new world of opportunities for the rapidly growing number of local experts across the Flying Labs Network. Flying Labs are independent, local knowledge hubs run by local experts in 30+ countries across Africa, Asia, Latin America, and beyond. We expect the network to grow to 40+ countries by this December.
Skydio is a world leader in autonomous flight. Their drones use various sensors and proprietary computer vision technology to recognize and avoid objects in real-time and anticipate flight changes to enable safe and truly autonomous flights. Skydio drones are thus able to accomplish tasks that no other drone on the market is currently able to do. The company recently became the first drone unicorn in the United States by reaching a $1 billion valuation.
Skydio has joined us as a formal technology partner because they believe in our mission, clearly see the meaningful impact that Flying Labs are having worldwide, and because they’re committed to accelerating their social impact beyond the US. What’s more, they’re keen to learn from Flying Labs about how they apply their drone technology across sectors and diverse parts of the planet.
All of our technology partners form an essential part of the Flying Labs network and are key to our mission at WeRobotics. By creating these partnerships with industry leaders, we can accelerate the transfer of knowledge and technology from industry directly to local experts across Africa, Asia, Latin America, and beyond. This enables local experts to be amongst the first-movers in their own countries and regions to offer new and/or significantly better services to scale social good projects with these new technologies. This, in turn, paves the way for many more locally-led projects in the social good space because local experts have the local knowledge and lived experience to drive impactful and sustainable projects focused on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
We began our discussions with Skydio in 2020 and quickly learned that we share a strong commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity. We also share a strong commitment to gender balance, youth, and STEM. In sum, we’re excited for the opportunity to partner with Skydio to advance these shared values, and we’re equally grateful for their kind support and trust. We can’t wait for Flying Labs to demonstrate their impact with Skydio technology!