It’s been just over a month since the first Drones & Aerial Robotics Conference, and we’d like to extend a deep and sincere thanks to everyone who made it possible. It was our distinct honor to host 700 of you last month in New York City.
As drones proliferate and become more accessible, there is a need for true public discourse; to influence policy in a way that protects the public, while continuing to promote innovation. The Engelberg Center on Innovation Law & Policy at NYU is an ideal place from which to stage this important work. The Center sponsors interdisciplinary work in the general area of innovation law and policy. It draws together legal scholars and practitioners, economists, historians, culturalists, social scientists, and representatives of the innovation industries to advance the public interest. Thanks to your participation in DARC, Engelberg has been able to extend its work into the UAS space. We hope you will join us in this ongoing effort.
DARC was a very big undertaking, and many thanks are in order. We’d like to especially thank the conference supporters—MacArthur Foundation, Yale ISP, Princeton CITP, Parrot S.A., DJI Innovations North America, the NYU Information Law Institute, the NYU Rudin Center, and Ocupop—as well as all our speakers, sessions leaders, and volunteers. And of course, thank you to everyone who attended the event and contributed to such a rich, multidisciplinary gathering.
DARC was the first multi-stakeholder conference on drones and society, and we think it was a huge success. It’s not everyday that hobbyists, roboticists, fighter pilots, officials, entrepreneurs, activists and hackers get together to talk about the future.
We hosted over 25 talks, 5 keynotes, two panels, and a live drone demo show. Then there was the core of the conference—over 20 cross-disciplinary roundtables and working groups on topics ranging from safety, privacy, civilian integration, and drone journalism.
That’s not an exhaustive description of the conference. It was much more: on Twitter, in the national discussion, and in the aftermath, we hope DARC has made a lasting contribution to the fields of UAS technical research, legal study and activism.