Drones have many positive uses — they’ve been used by park rangers to spot poachers and save rhinos , they can be used for news purposes to show the scope of droughts, and they can even deliver sushi at restaurants.
Drone Girl is an outlet to publish aerial photos, videos and stories about the evolution of drones.
Note that Drone Girl does not, however, fly drones for commercial purposes or operate any type of aerial photography service. Email Sally here to get in touch!
Sally French, Founder of the Drone Girl
If you spot a drone in the sky and the pilot on the ground stands tall at 4’10”, is wearing a sundress and has a cup of coffee nearby, then you’ve probably found Drone Girl. Drone Girl is the web, drone-flying persona of Sally French, a southern California native, journalist and “geek girl” who loves drones.
Her work has been published in outlets including The Wall Street Journal, MarketWatch, NPR, CNN, The BBC, Forbes, The Economist and the Orange County Register.
She is a renowned public speaker in drones, having appeared at at South by Southwest (SXSW), Harvard Business School and Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences’ “Engineering + Entrepreneurship Making Robotics Fly” event, and has led multiple seminars at conferences including InterDrone and the Commercial UAV Expo.
Sally was also named one of Fortune Magazine’s “4 top women shaping the drone industry.”
Sally first got interested in drones when she served as a photographer and producer at the Missouri School of Journalism’s drone journalism program in its inaugural year.The first “drone journalism” she did was produce a video for Harvest Public Media in which footage from a drone documents a prairie fire.
That wasn’t her first experience using atypical forms of photography. During the summer of 2012, she was thrilled to join the NBC4 Los Angeles’ Investigative Team, where she did lots of undercover reporting with hidden cameras to crack down on doctors giving away illegal medical marijuana prescriptions or a housing rental company that was cheating customers.
You can reach Sally directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hamilton Nguyen, Creative Director
Vivien Nguyen, The Intern!
Vivien is probably asleep right now, but if she isn’t, then she’s most likely DIY-ing, day dreaming about color theory, or wishing she was better at playing Overwatch.
She currently studies computer science at UC Berkeley, where she is also involved with Pioneers in Engineering, a campus organization that promotes STEM education primarily through hosting a robotics competition for Bay Area high schools. She has previously written for Berkeley’s arts and culture publication, BARE Magazine.
Her weaknesses include dresses and art supplies; she owns more of these than is reasonable for any one person. Vivien also doesn’t believe in things like “too many pizza rolls”.
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