Go inside Harvard’s first-ever Business + Engineering event — all about drones!

French, Doyle, Santa and Harvard Business School Dean Nitin Nohria gather together after a successful t-shirt delivery via drone. Photo courtesy of Xfund

Sally French, Harvard SEAS Dean Frank Doyle, Matternet Cofounder Paola Santa and Harvard Business School Dean Nitin Nohria gather together after a successful t-shirt delivery via drone. Photo courtesy of Xfund

I had the absolute blast of “Making Robotics Fly” as the host of Harvard’s first-ever drone demo day this weekend.

We took over the football stadium to demo 5 incredible drone companies — DigInovations, CyPhy Works, Matternet, Top Flight Technologies and The Drone Racing League for some incredible demos, including a live t-shirt delivery to the stadium and the first ever drone race on the stadium.

Unlike most drone events, where we put the drones in a cage, this time around, we put the spectators in a netted cage, protecting them in case of an incident (there were none of course!) and giving the drones for reigns to fly free.

See what happened here in this video  by ABC News Boston:

The event is special for many reasons besides just celebrating drones — it also brought together engineers, business people and creatives — all backgrounds of people necessary to build a future of drones for good.

From there, we headed to Harvard Business School to participate in a forum with some of the top minds in the drone industry, from executives at Facebook and Google, to lawyers, startup founders and even the FAA.

See some more photos of the event here, courtesy of Xfund.

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Thanks so much to Hugo Van Vuuren and the rest of the XFund team, Harvard Business School, Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and Aerotas for making it all happen!

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