Going to South by Southwest (SXSW)? There’s loads of things to do for drone enthusiasts at the popular tech and culture festival happening this week in Austin, Texas. Theres also loads to do for donut enthusiasts — I’m looking at you, VooDoo Doughnuts. From Amazon Prime drones to panels, here are the things that drone lovers shouldn’t miss:
- Amazon Prime Drones: Two Amazon Prime Air drones are on display for the first time ever at Amazon’s Resistance Radio immersive experience. According to NBC News, an older model of a Prime Air drone was tucked away behind a secret bookcase entrance. There, the curious crowds got their first in-person look at the devices — all under the watchful eye of a security guard.
Continue reading 6 things drone enthusiasts should look out for at SXSW (including Amazon drones!)
Hey all you Drone Girl readers living in the Middle East!
I’m heading out today to speak at the Drones Oman conference, happening Feb. 27 and 28 in Muscat, Oman.
You may recall that I recently served as Chairperson of the Drones Middle East conference in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The UAE has already made huge strides in drones — just recently Ehang announced plans to try to get a drone taxi service off the ground in Dubai by this summer.
But the UAE is no without its challenges. The government currently makes it a costly and paperwork-ridden process to fly drones. In Dubai, you will have to pay a location fee of AED 3,300 (or more depending on filming location) — that’s $899 USD. Then, you’ll have to pay additional online fees of AED 5,100 ($1,388) to DCAA and expect 5 working days of processing time. Continue reading Drone Girl heading to Drones Oman
I’m thrilled to announce I’ll be speaking at the World of Drones Congress in Australia later this year.
The conference will be held from August 31 through September 2, 2017 at the Brisbane Convention Centre in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.
The inaugural World of Drones Congress (WoDC) will provide an international forum for everyone concerned with drones – from businesses to governments, investors to enthusiasts.
Other speakers will include Thomas Frey, Senior Futurist at the DaVinci Institute, Prof Lian Pin Koh PH.D., Associate Professor at the University of Adelaide, and Rhianna Lakin, a drone pilot and creator of the Amelia Dronehart RC Copter Group
Is Australia too far for you to get there? See the other events I’ll be speaking at this year here. And don’t forget to RSVP for my first ever Drone Girl meetup!
Thank you so much for your loyal support and readership of The Drone Girl for nearly four years now! Wow! We’ve come so far.
Four years in, and I’m FINALLY hosting my first-ever Drone Girl meetup in San Francisco in partnership with Samsung NEXT and my friend Siggi Hindrichs, founder of Notifleet and entrepreneur-in-residence at Samsung NEXT Start.
The event will be held on Thursday, March 16 from 6-8 p.m. at the Samsung NEXT Start offices at 201 Spear Street, San Francisco, CA.
You’ll hear three lightning talks by Bay Area drone experts Jessie Mooberry, Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Stanford University’s Peace Innovation Lab and humanitarian UAV practitioner, and Gretchen West, Senior Advisor at Hogan Lovells, and Abbe Lyle, Creative Director and Pilot at Visual Law Group.
Plus, free food, courtesy of Samsung NEXT!
Continue reading The first ever Drone Girl meetup is finally happening!
Looking for a drone Christmas sale from the world’s largest drone manufacturer? It’s here! DJI is offering some pretty big drone discounts just in time for the holidays.
Also, don’t forget to check out my drone Christmas gift guide! There are tons more drone deals that you won’t find on this DJI-specific list on this page. Access my Drone Girl Christmas gift guide here.
The DJI Christmas sale runs between now and Jan. 5, 2017, and includes price reductions and bonus gifts. See the full details below:
DJI Phantom drones on sale:
The DJI Phantom drones are deeply discounted. Two years ago, a drone with a 12 megapixel camera for less than $500 would be unheard of. Today, you can get that in the Phantom 3 Standard for $399, or you could upgrade to the Phantom 4, which comes with sense and avoid capabilities for $999.
DJI Osmo on sale:
The Osmo lineup comes with an extra battery as its perk in this sale.
New DJI products on sale:
While there aren’t exactly cost savings on DJI’s newest products, each of these products comes with a pretty nifty winter gift set.
Have you got an epic movie you made with a drone?
The last day to submit entries to San Francisco’s Flying Robot International Film Festival is October 1.
The film festival returns for its second year on Thursday, November 17 at San Francisco’s Roxie Theatre, with categories including Cinematic Narrative, Epic Landscape, Drones for Good, FPV/Aerial Sports, LOL WTF, Promotional, I Made That! and Student Films.
Read about last year’s event here. Continue reading Last day to enter the Flying Robot international Film Festival
You have the incredible shot, now put it to some incredible use.
Dronestagram is organizing an International Drone Photography Contest — and the winners in each category will land a spot in National Geographic.
The categories are Adventure – Sports, Nature – Wildlife and Travel. The final day to submit photos is June 30, and winners will be announced July 1.
Judges include Patrick Witty, Deputy Director of Photography at National Geographic, Jean-Pierre Vrignaud, Chief Editor of National Geographic France and Dronestagram’s co-founders Eric Dupin & Guillaume Jarret. Other prizes include a GoPro Hero, 3DR Solo and Lowepro backpack.
The competition is fierce though. Dronestagram told The Drone Girl that there are already hundreds of entries.
For full rules and how to enter, visit Dronestagram’s site.
The FAA expects 1 million drones to be sold this holiday season — and that inevitably means a lot of new pilots out there.
DARTdrones Flight School is offering a new two hour, indoor introductory course to drones and the industry, with classes scheduled through January around the country.
And now, you can save $25 off a course using coupon code “SANTACERTIFIED1.”
The course is a brief overview of all the things new drone pilots red to know – from FAA rules to equipment considerations to safety tips such as creating a flight log and emergency preparedness.
DARTdrones was created by CEO Abby Speicher, a serial entrepreneur who realized she needed drone training after a near-crash during a business pitching competition, where she was demoing drones to the judges.
“That’s the point I realized I needed a training course,” Speicher said. “And so we decided, ‘alright, let’s just make a drone training school.’”
Check it out, and happy flying!
*You can still use coupon code “DroneGirl10” to get 10% off DARTdrones’ Phantom 3 and Inspire Training: Part 1 and 2 courses.