Do you want to demonstrate positive applications of hobby drones, help your community and have a shot at winning a trip to Portland, Oregon, to hang out with us and win some pro-grade gear? Well then, look no further than this video:
Entries shall consist of a 3-5 minute video uploaded to the Drone Prize website no later than midnight, Pacific Daylight Time, July 27, 2014. Along with other members of the Cascade Chapter of AUVSI, we'll pick out the best three entries to move on to the final challenge: three days of public safety drills in Tillamook, Oregon.
Known locally as a cheese-production powerhouse, this coastal town is also home to one of the FAA's newly established national drone test sites. The team that emerges victorious in Tillamook will claim the grand prize: a heavy-lift multirotor from our friends at Aerial Technology International.
A “peoples' choice” award will also be awarded to the entry that gets the most votes on the Drone Prize website. In addition, every team whose entry is officially accepted into competition will receive a pair of Drone Prize shoulder patches in recognition of their efforts: one for the pilot and one for the spotter.
We're looking forward to seeing what you come up with, so sign up for e-mail updates over on the Drone Prize website for all of the latest information.
For this video, we teamed up again with Will Levenson of the Human Access Project, who we first worked with during the “floating ring” world's record attempt last year. Now, he and his hearty band of volunteers are trying to improve public access to Marquam Beach. That's the community benefit we're helping to achieve in this sample video.
Although this example focused on aerial imaging, and that will be a key component of the finals, as well, your project can involve anything that employs a hobby drone to help people, using whatever sensors or capabilities you can come up with – provided that you do it safely.
And, finally, here is a pro tip for you: the requirements for this competition are very similar to the Drone Social Innovation Award organized by the Drone User Group Network (DUGN), which has a $10,000 cash prize. A wiley crew might submit the same project for consideration in both contests. I'm just sayin' – it could happen.
So far as I know, we're the only two people who are involved in both competitions, and we promise not to tell.