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DARTdrones adds specialty drone training: journalism, roof inspections, search and rescue, and mapping with DroneDeploy

Use coupon code “dronegirl10” to get 10% off any of the DARTdrones course listed below.

By now you’ve probably got your Part 107 and are likelu looking to up your skill set to distinguish yourself from the 300,000 other Federal Aviation Administration-certified remote pilots out there.

DARTdrones, which most closed a $300,000 investment from Dallas Mavericks owner and Shark Tank judge Mark Cuban in an episode of the show that aired in February,  is now offering four new specialty drone training courses.

The drone training startup is teaming up with drone mapping software startup DroneDeploy to offer an Aerial Mapping and Modeling course. It will be a two day course that goes over how to collect, analyze and export drone mapping and modeling data.

The group will also offer a Drone Journalism Workshop focused on broadcast journalists that teaches not just how to become a certified drone pilot, but how to apply for and receive a waiver. One of the teachers includes Pulitzer Prize-sharing photojournalist Kevin Coughlin, whose work has been published in the New York Times.

DARTdrones’ Rapid Daytime Search and Rescue Workshop will be geared toward emergency responders who want to learn how to use drones to find missing people. The workshop is the first in a series of public-safety focused courses coming soon, including using drones for accident investigation, water rescue and fire scene operations.

The fourth of DARTdrones’ newly announced courses is an aerial roof inspections course.

All four drone specialty workshops will be offered three different times in 2017 at various locations around the country.

Use coupon code “dronegirl10” to get 10% off any of the above DARTdrones courses.

DARTdrones was created by  serial entrepreneur Abby Speicher and employs dozens of flight instructors to carry out drone training courses around the United States.

National Geographic and SkyPixel: two drone photo contests are accepting entries

Have an awesome drone image you took in the past year? There’s not one, but TWO major drone photo contests happening now.

For those of you interested in still photography…

Dronestagram’s International Drone Photography Contest with National Geographic

Dronestagram is hosting its fourth annual drone photo contest in partnership with National Geographic. There are three photo categories: nature, urban and people.

See the winner’s of the 2016 Dronestagram photography contest here.

Submissions will be accepted until June 30 at 1 p.m. GMT, and awards will be announced on July 3.

The top prize? Getting published in National Geographic magazine. Enter Dronestagram’s Drone Photography Contest here.

And over in the land of aerial video, there’s…

DJI’s SkyPixel 2017 Aerial Video Contest

SkyPixel is hosting the 2017 SkyPixel Video Contest, which is accepting entries between June 2 and August 2.

See the winner’s of the 2016 SkyPixel photo contest here.

There are three categories: Nature, City, and Sport.  Submissions should not be longer than five minutes and should include at least 30 seconds of aerial footage. And while the contest is hosted by DJI, videos captured from any type of aerial platform are welcome.

Prizes include a DJI Inspire 2 Premium Combo, Nikon D750 Body + 24-70 mm VR 2.8 Lens, a DJI Mavic Pro Fly More Combo, DJI Spark and more.

There’s also a People’s Choice Prize for the top ten most liked videos.

Enter DJI’s SkyPixel Video contest here.
Good luck to all who are entering, and happy flying!




Drone Girl to fly-in to DroneDeploy’s Girls in Tech meetup

Another female-focused drone event is happening in the San Francisco Bay Area! How does a Friday Fly Day sound?

I’m excited to announce I’ll be partnering with cloud software platform DroneDeploy for their Fly Day on Friday, May 5 from 3:30 to 9 p.m.

We’ll be flying drones at the Berkeley Marina, making maps, and learning about how drone mapping is driving job creation worldwide. After flying, we will return to DroneDeploy HQ for their traditional Friday BBQ.

Here’s the schedule:

3:30 pm – Meet at Berkeley Marina
3:30-4:00 pm – Intro to DroneDeploy
4:00-6:00 pm – Flying Drones with the Team
6:00-6:45 pm – Return to SF (Transportation will be provided.)
7:00-9:00 pm – BBQ at DroneDeploy HQ

I love a good Friday Fly Day!

At the event, you’ll get to meet leading drone experts including DroneDeploy cofounder Jono Millin, humanitarian UAV practitioner Jessie Mooberry, drone marketer Kara Murphy, and DroneDeploy philanthropy director Samantha Salis.

RSVP here, and check out their event page on Facebook to see who else is going!

Nominate a “Women to Watch” award winner, announced at the Drone360 ASCEND conference

Odds are, you know an awesome woman in the drone industry. She could be a stellar pilot, a talented artist, a rockstar businesswoman, a brilliant engineer or an entrepreneur.

So many women are shaping the drone industry, and I’ve written about many of them here (though there are far too many to profile all of them!).

Women and Drones, in partnership with Drone360 magazine and the ASCEND drone business conference, is announcing a global search for women impacting the drone industry. The Women to Watch Award Committee is conducting a global search for women impacting the drone industry through achievements in technology, business, governmental relations, advocacy, education, research, journalism, agriculture, and more. Nominations can be submitted online at

Submissions will be accepted until May 15, 2017.

Award recipients will be honored at the ASCEND Conference & Expo, July 19-21, 2017 in Portland, OR. In addition to this Award, ASCEND will provide a meaningful platform to help women share ideas, network with like-minded professionals, and be recognized for their accomplishments.

A roundtable discussion for Women in Drones will be offered as a networking breakfast session (which I’ll be speaking at!).

Nominate someone today, and I’ll see you in Portland!

The Drone Girl meet up is THIS WEEK!!

We are so close to the first ever Drone Girl meet-up!

I’m thrilled that this is finally happening. While I’ve had the joy of meeting hundreds of you at various events around the world, I’ve never had one meet-up for all of you readers.

I want to thank my friend Siggi Hindrichs, an entrepreneur in residence at Samsung NEXT, who worked so hard to help make this meet up FINALLY happen!

You’ll hear from my friends Jessica Mooberry, Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Stanford University’s Peace Innovation Lab and humanitarian UAV practitioner, Gretchen West, Senior Advisor at Hogan Lovell, and Abbe Lyle, Creative Director and Pilot at Visual Law Group, who will each be giving TED-style talks.

And I want to thank YOU all for your enthusiasm to attend! Please reserve your free ticket (so we can get a count of how much food to provide!) here.

The event will be held this Thursday, March 16 at 6 p.m. at 201 Spear Street in San Francisco. See you there!

And if you want to stay updated for future events in the Bay Area, join our Facebook group here.

6 things drone enthusiasts should look out for at SXSW (including Amazon drones!)

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:

  1. 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!)

Drone Girl heading to Drones Oman

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

Drone Girl to speak at World of Drones Congress in Brisbane, Australia

G’Day Dronies!

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

Register here!

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!