About Altrutek

The intersection of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences and Applied Technologies offers unprecedented avenues of environmental and social impact. By directly supporting groundbreaking innovations of applied technologies, we can collectively impact humanities greatest challenges starting today.

Vision & Mission

Vision: A safer and smarter planet for all of humanity, impacting today.
Mission: Unleashing effective altruism through the power of applied and advanced technology.

Mission: If we are to thrive within a sustainable world, technology will play a key role. Here at AltruTek, we evaluate and support a wide range of applied and advanced technologies which directly address anthropogenic (human-influenced) problems. We do so within the emerging framework of “effective altruism,” where we advocate the use of evidence and reasoning to determine the most effective ways to benefit others, in the least amount of time. This requires a shifting balance of mind and heart, giving donors increased levels of confidence that their contributions will result in maximum and immediate impact toward precisely targeted problems.

Method

The intersection of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences and Applied Technologies offers unprecedented avenues of environmental and social impact. By directly supporting groundbreaking innovations of applied technologies, we can collectively impact humanities greatest challenges starting today. Significant ecosystems and resources exist for long-term research and high-risk investment in “horizon” technologies. Yet, many companies with ideas and technology operating today do not survive the proverbial “valley of death” in funding. This includes those companies seeking to impact or solve a growing list of anthropogenic problems.

AltruTek exists to identify and assist such companies, applying existing technologies into operational platforms and solutions. We are led by a “core” interdisciplinary board with validated experiences and credentials alongside rotating board members with targeted skill sets and experiences. As we pivot from problem to problem, we adjust our board members, assuring that reason, logic, and efficiency operate in tandem with our relentless passion. This adaptive approach to effective altruism optimizes the stewardship of donor resources and maximizes their impact.

Altrutek current project

Ukraine Rapid UXO (Unexploded Ordnance) DGM (Digital Geophysical Mapping)

As Ukraine continues to absorb the onslaught of Russian artillery and explosive ordnance, these Remnants of War (ROW) will take decades to clear long after the conflict. Over 30 percent of Ukraine’s crops are affected by unexploded ordnance.

Ukraine wheat fields play a vital role in the global food supply, providing over 40 percent of the World Food Program’s wheat. It is estimated to take over 9 years to remove UXO in the agricultural areas alone. Current technologies and methods take up to two weeks or more to “clear” on acre.

AltruTek has partnered with an emerging UXO Mapping Alliance that can provide an app that identifies blast radius zones of both surface and subsurface UXOs, using their drones to map an acre and adding it to their active database in 2 hours or less. This means that a fleet of 99 of these drones can map over 80,000 acres per year. It will take roughly $7 million to create such a unique fleet and deploy it in Ukraine.

The timing of this effort will be key to saving lives across Ukraine, long after the war has ended. AltruTek currently seeks to raise this funding and provide it to the targeted UXO Mapping Alliance in order to expand manufacturing of these systems and train drone operators.

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