We got a GREAT question about how to put together a Drone Prize entry over on our Google+ page -- such a good question, in fact, that I thought it deserved to be shared here, as well. It comes courtesy Ryan Lee. Here is what Ryan had to say:
"I love this idea and think it's a great way to inform the public in the advantages and positive impacts of drones. I would be glad to participate in this competition. I have one question though, how are we supposed to get , in a way, hired with out and previous official drone experience? I mean have personally flown my own tricopter for several years, but i have no way of really proving i'm no more than a guy with his little rc toy."
And here is our (predictably voluminous) response:
"Hey, Ryan! Great question -- probably the best question anyone could have asked... Here would be my suggestion:
"Second, do a survey of non-profits, colleges and universities, and local government agencies in your community who might benefit from what you can provide, such as aerial photography or even some other, more creative use of your tricopter.
"Third, visit the websites of each of your candidate organizations. Specifically look for the a link called 'news feed' or 'press releases.' Find out what projects they are currently working on and use your own judgment to determine whether or not any of them would benefit from aerial photography. Next, contact the organization.
"Repeat as necessary until someone says 'Yes!,' then proceed to conduct the project as shown in our video. Not only will this give you an entry for the contest, it will also give you an opportunity to use your tricopter to help the community.
"Anyway, I hope all of this helps and please keep us posted with any progress that you make -- we're anxious to see what you come up with!"