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
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
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
If this isn’t the best deal EVER, then I don’t know what is.
You can now have a DJI Mavic Pro completely free, granted you don’t keep it longer than two weeks.
National Geographic has partnered up with DJI to rent out hundreds of brand new, free DJI Mavic Pro drones. Continue reading How to get a free DJI Mavic Pro (for two weeks, at least)
The 3rd annual Flying Robot international Film Festival (FRiFF) returns to San Francisco’s Roxie Cinema on Thursday, Nov. 16.
Flying Robot is a short film festival focused on aerial cinema created from the perspective of drones.
Have you got a video worthy of winning? Submissions for the 2017 festival are now being accepted, and festival participation is open to anyone around the world.
To enter, submit a film that is less than five minutes long by the deadline on Sept. 18. Films should primarily be shot from the perspective of a drone, though they do not need to exclusively contain aerial footage. And of course, the film festival isn’t simply looking for pretty shots, but rather films that tell a story.
“We’re not interested in seeing what your backyard looks like, unless your backyard is full of alligators or kangaroos or something.” according to the organizers. “Judges will shine favorably upon films with a good story.
Continue reading The 3rd annual FRiFF drone film festival is coming this November to San Francisco
Looking to use off-the-shelf drones for commercial use cases, like agriculture, construction, inspections or public safety?
DJI is hosting its own enterprise drone conference called AirWorks this November 7-9 in Denver, Colorado. Registration is now open here. This is the second year in a row that DJI has hosted the AirWorks conference.
The three-day event is set to include presentations, workshops and training sessions. The workshops will be broken down into five tracks: agriculture, construction, energy, infrastructure, and public safety. Continue reading DJI’s AirWorks enterprise drone conference headed to Colorado in November
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.
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!