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Interdrone 2018 just announced its keynote speaker — and it’s going to be big

Interdrone, one of the largest drone conferences in the U.S., just announced the keynote speaker for its 2018 conference in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Acting Administrator of the Federal Aviation Adminstration Daniel K. Elwell will give the keynote presentation at this year’s conference on Sept. 5, which will be held at the Rio Hotel in Las Vegas.

Daniel K. Elwell FAA Acting Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration
Courtesy FAA

Elwell, former Air Force lieutenant general and former commercial airline pilot for American Airlines, took over the role of heading the FAA in January 2018.  Elwell replaced outgoing FAA Administrator Michael Huerta, whose term had expired after being tapped by former President Obama in 2013 to lead the agency.

He was previously a senior vice president for safety, security and operations with Airlines for America (A4A), the leading trade group representing most of the nation’s major airlines.

This is the third consecutive year that a representative from the FAA will give the grand keynote. Continue reading Interdrone 2018 just announced its keynote speaker — and it’s going to be big

Watch the entire stream of Thursday’s Girls Who Drone event featuring Intel and the drone light show team

Missed the 2nd ever Girls Who Drone event? You can watch the entire livestream here (thanks to Hamilton Nguyen for shooting it!):

The event, held Thursday at the Samsung NEXT office in San Francisco, featured Cindy Ng, marketing director of the Intel Drone Group.

Intel’s drone light shows are a form of nighttime entertainment and have flown at events such as Coachella, the Super Bowl and Walt Disney World.  They have flew over the skies of Los Angeles for an event promoting Wonder Woman and over the Bellagio fountain in Las Vegas for CES 2018. Most recently, they set a new record for flying 1,218 drones simultaneously over the Opening Ceremony of the 2018 Olympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea. The drones recreated the shape of icons like a snowboarder and the Olympic rings. Continue reading Watch the entire stream of Thursday’s Girls Who Drone event featuring Intel and the drone light show team

Join me in San Francisco for my 2nd “Girls Who Drone” event featuring Intel’s light show team!

Ever wondered the science behind how Intel puts on those incredible drone light shows? You know, like the ones at Coachella, the Super Bowl, at Walt Disney World,  in honor of Wonder Woman, and most recently over the Fountains of Bellagio in Las Vegas?

My second ever “Girls Who Drone” event will show you exactly how!

Natalie Cheung, the General Manager for the Drone Light Show in the UAV Group at Intel Corporation, will guide you through what it takes to establish the drone light show business and grow the new segment. You might even find out some secrets as to what’s next for the future of drone nighttime entertainment!

The event will be held Thursday, February 15 from 6-8 p.m. PST at the Samsung NEXT offices at 201 Spear Street in San Francisco.

Tickets are FREE and include complimentary refreshments! Reserve your ticket here. Continue reading Join me in San Francisco for my 2nd “Girls Who Drone” event featuring Intel’s light show team!

Have an awesome drone startup idea? Women Who Tech wants to give you $50,000 to get started

Have an idea for a drone business and in need of some funding?

Google is co-hosting a pitch competition with U.S.-based non-profit Women Who Tech that will give winning female entrepreneurs $50,000 toward their startups.

The competition is called the Women Startup Challenge: Emerging Tech, and is focused on showcasing top early-stage women-led technology startups.

The group is already accepting applications between now and Dec. 15. Of those applications, the judges will narrow it down to 10 finalists, who will pitch their ideas to a panel of investors including Nisha Dua, Partner at AOL’s BBG Ventures, Rebecca Kaden, Partner at Union Square Ventures, and Hoolie Tejwani, Vice President at Obvious Ventures, at Google’s office in New York City in March 2018. Continue reading Have an awesome drone startup idea? Women Who Tech wants to give you $50,000 to get started

FRiFF 2018 Drone Film Festival is coming to San Francisco next week

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The Flying Robot international Film Festival (FRiFF) returns to San Francisco’s historic Roxie Theater for its third year next year.
The film festival will award winners from seven different categories including landscapes, drone racing and even a category called “WTF LOL,” and competitors come from many countries including Bulgaria, Tanzania and Australia. For people who watch the festival in person, they’ll be able to vote in the Audience Choice category.

Continue reading FRiFF 2018 Drone Film Festival is coming to San Francisco next week

This AirVuz drone racing video contest comes with a $1,000 prize

There’s no shortage of drone photo and video contests for those images of stunning landscapes and unique angles.

But what about those sweet FPV racing and freestyle videos? There’s a contest for those too.

Even better, the best FPV Video comes with an $1,000 prize.

AirVuz is hosting its first-ever 2017 AirVūz Drone Video Awards. AirVuz is a drone video site with a heavy emphasis on racing and FPV freestyle drone videos. 36,000 videos have been submitted and uploaded to the site between the time it launched in 2015 and Oct. 1. Continue reading This AirVuz drone racing video contest comes with a $1,000 prize