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Stay tuned for tons of Interdrone news after a hiatus

Hey Dronies!

You may have noticed a small hiatus in my posting. I just spent two weeks in Australia at four different events — two talks at the incredible World of Drones Congress, a Drone Day for young ladies interested in tech in partnership with my friends SheFlies, and a guest lecture for a journalism class at Queensland University of Technology.

It was all crazy busy, educational and tons of fun!

Here were some highlights from the last few weeks:



I’m now en route to Las Vegas for what I like to call “Drone Christmas” aka Interdrone! It’s a big family reunion and packed with drone news.

Stay tuned for more posts, and I apologize for the brief hiatus! Happy flying!


2017’s nine women to watch in drones

Drone360 Magazine and the Women And Drones have revealed the inaugural 2017 Women to Watch in UAS List.

The list is intended to celebrate the success of movers and shakers in the drone world. Some you may recognize (and have been mentioned on the Drone Girl before!), while some are newcomers who are quickly rising to the top of the influencer ranks. Ultimately, nine women from around the world were selected for their work in the drone industry in  the first of an annual list designed to highlight exceptional women in drones.

I had the pleasure of serving on the judges panel to select the honorees. We had so many amazing applications and though it was tough to choose, the list we came up with is pretty awe-inspiring.

Here are the honorees, by category: Continue reading 2017’s nine women to watch in drones

Drone Girl to talk privacy with Intel and PrecisionHawk at InterDrone 2017

InterDrone 2017 is nearly upon us, and you can catch Drone Girl talking privacy this year.

InterDrone is one of the largest drone conferences, and takes place from Sept. 6-8 in Las Vegas.

I’ll be speaking alongside Diana Cooper, Senior Vice President of Policy and Strategy at PrecisionHawk, and Lisa Malloy, Intel Corp.’s director of government relations, on the panel “Privacy Issues Related to Expanded UAS Operations,” which will be moderated by DLA Piper’s Matthew Grosack.

We’ll dissect whether or not drones are compatible with privacy concepts based on two dimensional vantage points as three dimensional observation of persons and property (where height is no longer a restricting factor) soon become the norm.

The panel will take place on Friday, Sept. 8 from 8:45 to 9:30 a.m.

And while of course you should check out this panel, here are some other things you’ll want to check out while at InterDrone:


Drone Radio Show’s Randy Goers talks privacy and ethics with The Drone Girl

Are you confused over privacy expectations when flying a drone? Tune into the Drone Radio Show this week to listen to me discuss privacy and ethics with the show’s host, Randy Goers.

We discuss federal policy, whether there should be drone-specific privacy laws, and perhaps most importantly, ethics.  Just because drone operators can take images legally, it doesn’t mean that one can ethically use those images.

Check it out on SoundCloud:

on YouTube:

…or whatever podcasting app you love.

Want to talk more about privacy? Join me at Interdrone 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

I’ll be speaking on Friday, Sept. 8 from 8:45 to 9:30 a.m. alongside Diana Cooper, Senior Vice President of Policy and Strategy at PrecisionHawk, and Lisa Malloy, Intel Corp.’s director of government relations, on privacy issues related to expanded UAS operations.

Listen to the Drone Radio Show here and don’t forget to register for Interdrone 2017 now!

There’s a drone industry research survey — and you could win a DJI Spark

Got opinions on drones? Of course you do!

My friend and drone data expert Colin Snow of Skylogic Research is looking for people to participate in his latest survey, “Who’s Buying Drones, Using Drone Software and Why?”

The survey is 7-8 minutes long and can be taken here. People who take the survey will receive a free summary report of the research results (a $95 value) and can enter to win a free DJI Spark drone or one of two $100 Visa gift cards.

The survey seeks opinions about your experiences buying and using drones and is designed for those who have purchased drones, used drone software, offer drone service, or use drone services.

Results will be available in September, and you can guarantee we’ll share them right here on The Drone Girl!

World of Drones Congress in Australia is a month away, and the lineup looks brilliant

Looking for an excuse to go to Australia?

The World of Drones Congress is coming to Brisbane, Australia this August, and the lineup looks brilliant. The conference is August 31 through September 2, with a bonus pre-Congress day of workshops on August 30.

The speaker lineup is the most diverse group of people I’ve seen at a conference yet, coming in from all over the globe and from a variety of industries. There’s Kathryn Cook, Facebook’s technical program manager for the Aquila drone project, DJI’s Director of Education Romeo Durscher, renowned conservationist Professor Lian Pin Koh and more.

The day before the conference officially starts will be a day of workshops, including the one I’m most excited about — a cinematography class by XM2, the same team that made the drone shots in “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.”pirates of the caribbean xm2 drone johnny depp

There will also be panelists, including Flying Ag Australia owner Meg Kummerow, a leader in drones for agriculture who was named one of Queensland’s Top 20 under 40 the Red Cross’s Aarathi Krishnan, and yours truly, who will be talking about the global drone economy alongside DaVinci Institute futurist Thomas Frey and Silicon Valley Robotics managing director Andra Keay,

Beyond the workshops and panels, there will be other events, including a design a drone competition for students

The conference will be held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. Registration is open now.

Enter to win LowePro’s new DroneGuard Pro Inspired

Enter to WIN a LowePro DroneGuard case! Scroll down to the bottom of this post for details.

Protective gear maker LowePro has an all new lineup of drone backpacks and cases.

The company today announced the DroneGuard Pro Inspired as well as five new DroneGuard packs and cases.

The $199.95 DroneGuard Pro Inspired is designed for the DJI Inspire 1 or Inspire II drones and features a top-loading hangar compartment as well as flexible dividers to house an Inspire, transmitter, 6 batteries, mini tablet and other small essentials.

Related reads: Lowepro QuadGuard Kit for racing drones review

droneguardThe expanded DroneGuard series will feature new additions to the line including: Continue reading Enter to win LowePro’s new DroneGuard Pro Inspired

Get 20% off all new merch at the Drone Girl shop!

The Drone Girl shop has switched vendors — which means all new merchandise!

In light of major changes at American Apparel — the former Drone Girl vendor, the Drone Girl has switched up its clothing brand.

All the logos and designs you know and love are still there — just on a different brand of shirt. The best news for you is my new vendor is a lower cost than American Apparel — and those savings are passed on to you!fly me to the moon shirt

To make the news even sweeter, I want you to try out the new merchandise, so  — in addition to the new lower prices — I’m offering you 20% off the entire Drone Girl shop through the end of May. Use coupon code MAY20 to get the discount.

Happy flying, and happy shopping!