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IBM is giving away 1,500 free Tello drones

If you’ve always wanted a Tello drone, now may be your chance, as 1,500 free Tello drones are being given away right now.

Over the next five weeks, IBM is giving away 1,500 free Tello drones as part of its IBM Developer Drone Giveaway, an effort by the tech giant to “empower more developers to leverage drone-related code patterns, get up-and-running on IBM Cloud and inspire more entries to Call for Code.”

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The Tello drone in the box

Tello is a $99, kid-friendly drone that combines DJI flight technology and an Intel processor to create a budget camera drone that also can be used to teach newbies the basics of programming. It’s great for people looking for a low-cost introduction to stunt flying and shooting videos, as well as people looking to learn how to use drones how to code, as it uses Scratch (a programming language targeted at children) to allow users to program the drone to fly certain directions based on the “code” they have written.

Here’s all you have to do to get your hands on one of the 1,500 Tello drones.

  • Step 1: Visit IBM’s contest page, click “Enter now,” and sign up for your IBM Cloud to be in the running (signing up is free)..
  • Step 2: On Tuesdays between now and June 16, 2019, watch the IBM Developer Twitch channel and check your email. Each week, IBM will randomly select a group of winners to receive a DJI Tello drone.

Ideally, IBM wants you to use the Tello drone to “code something amazing” (their words, not mine) with open source patterns. IBM has programs in place for anyone to complete challenges like using Node-RED and IBM Watson Visual Recognition, Watson IoT, IBM Cloud, and IBM Data and Analytics, to create a drone application.

The giveaway is open to residents of the UK, Spain, the United States, and Canada.

No words on whether or not you’ll get the Iron Man edition Tello drone.

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