Category Archives: Events

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.

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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!

The first ever Drone Girl meetup is finally happening!

Hey Dronies!

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.

RSVP here!

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!

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DJI’s big drone Christmas sale is happening now

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.

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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.