We are engineers and operators from Zipline, the world’s only drone delivery service making lifesaving deliveries across Rwanda and Ghana. In the last 7 days, our drones flew over 42,000 km, making 525 deliveries. As us anything!
We are Zipline, We’re the world's first drone delivery service operating at national scale and we have made over 15,000 lifesaving deliveries by drone. We operate across all of Rwanda (flying every day for the last three years!), and just recently launched in Ghana, bringing us closer to our mission of providing every person on Earth with instant access to blood and vital medical supplies.
In the last 6 months, we’ve more than doubled the scale of our delivery operations. We’re also hard at work to bring Zipline to more geographies. By the end of the year, we’ll be serving 2000 facilities, making hundreds of deliveries each day.
We could not do this without our incredible team of in-country operators who work tirelessly to keep our distribution centers functioning no matter what.
We take a pretty different approach than most companies when it comes to tackling seemingly-impossible problems, and we do it with a small team of engineers and operations experts on a cattle ranch in Half Moon Bay, California.
We’re here today because we think we work on something special and want the world to know about it! Today we have folks from across Zipline:
- Ryan (u/zipline_ryan) helped start Zipline 6 years ago and leads our software team, which is responsible for everything from how our drones fly themselves to the tools that empower our international operators to serve doctors and patients.
- Ethan (u/zipline_ethan) is a mechanical engineer focused on making our next-generation vehicle safer, more reliable, easier to build and maintain, and more ergonomic for operators to handle. He nerds out over coffee, watches, manufacturing processes, and human factors.
- Nickson (u/zipline_nickson) is our lead flight operator at Zipline's Kayonza distribution center in Rwanda. He works with our engineers to make sure our drones are always in good state to serve doctors and patients. Nickson grew up in Tanzania, has lived in Rwanda for his last two years at Zipline, and will be moving to Ghana to grow the team there.
EDIT - for everyone asking if we're hiring: yes! Many job openings in many geographies. Check out our site!
EDIT 2 - 24 hours later and we're still answering questions! Too many for us to keep up with! If we miss yours, I apologize. Still read through other questions as someone else might have already asked a similar thing.
EDIT 3 - That's a wrap! Thanks everyone for the awesome conversation. We'll surely have to come back!
We'll be here all day so Ask Us Anything!