On this edition of the Drone Radio Show, we take a look at the phenomenon of International Drone Day, why it was so successful last year, what makes a great event and why you should be a part of the experience. In exploring this topic, we’ll hear from Dom Robinson and Jae Turner, of Brighton, England. Team Brighton organized one of last year’s more successful drone days with over 400 attendees. Josh Newby of Tampa, Florida talks about organizing his first Drone Day and David Oneal of That Drone Show, gives us some background on the origin and purpose of International Drone Day.
In This Episode
- Brighton, England: Dom Robinson and Jae Turner
- [01:39] Introduction To Dom Robinson and Jae Turner. Dom and Jay provide a brief summary of last year’s International Drone Day event in Brighton, England and some of lessons learned.
- [08:40] Connections. A big part of international drone day is making connections with pilots. As a team organizer, Dom talks about the connections he made with other teams around the world.
- [09:54] Changes. Dom talks about what’s changed in the past year and how that’s affecting the plans for the International Drone Day 2016. One of the biggest changes is that the perception of the public seems to be more positive and accepting of drones.
- [14:52] Advice to Others. Dom and Jae share some of the big lessons learned from last year for anyone organizing a drone day event. In particular, the close working relationship with local law enforcement and government can pay dividends down the road.
- [17:55] Challenges. The size of this year’s event poses several challenges in keeping people engaged and feeling part of the overall event. To address the challenge, Team Brighton will have a radio feed throughout the background of the event and a video wall that will transmit the live video feeds of the racers.
- [20:16] Defining Success. Dom and Jae define a successful drone day event as having happy flyers, satisfied sponsors and people experiencing drone flight.
- Tampa, Florida: josh Newby
- [21:28] Introduction to Josh. Josh talks about his first International Drone Day, which is being organized with less than three weeks preparation. A successful drone meetup at a Maker-Con event gave the Tampa Drones meetup the confidence to plan for International Drone Day.
- [22:13] Drone Day Plans. Josh outlines the plans for the Tampa International Drone Day, which includes drone racing, hot dogs and vendors.
- [23:25] Challenges: The biggest challenge in organizing international drone was finding a place to hold the event. Many of the fields were oriented to fixed wing crafts and were not open to multi-rotors. The Triple Creek RC club in Riverview, an AMA field, stepped up to hold the event. Without Triple Creek RC’s support and involvement, the event would not be possible.
- [24:33] Special Events. An FPV Experience will allow attendees to experience the view of drone flying from the perspective of a drone racer or videographer.
- [25:09] Long Term Objectives. Josh hopes that the first international drone day will spark more interest in drones locally and help build the Tampa Drone community.
- Los Angeles, California: David Oneal
- [26:56] Origin of International Drone Day. David Oneal describes how the idea of International Drone Day was developed in a line at a Starbucks Coffee Shop. He and his wife, Sarah, were trying to come up with an idea to combat all of the negative press that drones were receiving in the media at that time.
- [31:33] Popularity of International Drone Day. David describes how the desire of drone community to help promote the positive message of drones helped to make International Drone Day a success.
- [33:36] Marketing Opportunities. International Drone Day is a day to celebrate drones, but it’s also a day for businesses and companies to support the message and network with their customers.
- [35:05] Individual Leadership. International Drone Day provides opportunities for people to take a leadership role in the event and to be recognized by the broader community.
- [36:21] Successful International Drone Days. David describes the most successful international drone day is when those who may criticize drones are invited to come out, meet enthusiasts and experience how drones work and are used in a casual and open environment. International Drone Day is about education and spreading the message that Drones Are Good to as many people as possible.
- [39:10] Closing