Traditional means of transport in the humanitarian aid chain are often inadequate when it comes to the last part of the route. Wings For Aid wants to bridge that ‘last mile’ by the use of an innovative unmanned cargo aircraft. The system can be used for disaster relief, but also for the scheduled delivery of medicines in remote areas. Thus, we give ‘wings’ to aid and get it to people in need.
It’s not an easy task but worthwhile to pursue - and we have the partnerships to get this off the ground. Technologically, we have ESA incubates AvioniCS and Selfly on board. VanBerlo takes care of industrial design. i+solutions knows about the troubled last mile in medicine distribution. To check-and-balance, we work with the technical universities of Delft, Eindhoven and Twente and practitioners from the Red Cross movement alike.
We discuss application scenarios with humanitarian aid organisations, and UAV specialists of the Dutch Ministry of Defence bring experience on what the technology has to be capable of in stressful situations. Price Waterhouse Coopers acts as advisor and helps us to shape this venture as a social enterprise.
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Prof. Timo Meynhardt, chairman of the jury of the German iF Award on Wings For Aid: "Real progress in putting humanitarian programs into practice!"
Brief report on Wings For Aid activities at design agency VanBerlo in Eindhoven, by Omroep Brabant (in Dutch)
Price Waterhouse Coopers made a portrait of founder Barry Koperberg and the AvioniCS team at airport Valkenburg
News Article in ‘Het Financiële Dagblad’ following the voting in Parliament on the Wings For Aid amendment (in Dutch).
coalition for start-up and prototype development
PwC | Price Waterhouse Coopers
HiiL | innovating justice
Ministry of Defence, NL
TIAS school for business and society
UN Refugee Housing Unit
TPRC | ThermoPlastic Composites Research Centre