Get a ticket to #AfterDARC drone show for just $15

If you can’t come to all of DARC (pdf), please keep Friday evening free; we have a live drone show that will blow your mind. The best part is that you can get tickets for just $15. You’ll see demonstrations of first-person flight, bird-style ornithopters, micro cameras for robobees, and lots more. Oh, and you might just hear the real story behind Tacocopter…


After DARC is at the Skirball Center near Washington Square Park this Friday night – doors open at 8:30p, show starts at 9!

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CEO of DJI Innovations North America to Keynote DARC


Colin Guinn, CEO of DJI Innovations, rounds out our slate of keynotes at the Drones & Aerial Robotics Conference.

In his talk, Colin will make the case for broad UAV use in civilian airspace. He will suggest strategies for carrying drone-positive momentum into the regulatory space and discuss the potential benefits of having autonomous robots fill the sky.

DJI is best known for producing a range of accessible, yet focused, rotary aircraft, such as the Phantom, NAZA, and Spreading Wings. Used by journalists from the BBC, photography enthusiasts, as well as activists and law enforcement alike, DJI’s product line bridges the gap between hobbyist, consumer, and professional. As a growing hardware company in a very new (and admittedly complicated) sector, DJI is keenly interested in seeing laws, public opinion, and a predictable regulatory environment harmonize together.

guinnOne of Colin’s challenges is convincing the world that the benefits of skies filled with robots outweigh the perceived ills. The public has expressed concerns with things like maverick drone operators, potential loss of privacy, malfunctioning robots falling out of the sky, and unchecked government power. While these concerns are all real, the potential social and economic benefits are compelling enough to make us ask: what is the best path forward?

We think Colin is a perfect fit for this keynote, as he’ll bring enthusiasm, candor, and entrepreneurial experience to the stage. Register now for a chance to hear DJI’s Colin Guinn.

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Meet Your Host: The Engelberg Center on Innovation Law & Policy

On October 11-13, the Drones & Aerial Robotics Conference will bring together experts with an extraordinary range of backgrounds and knowledge for the first multidisciplinary conference exploring  the impact of unmanned aerial systems on society.


This unprecedented gathering of interdisciplinary expertise is being organized by the Engelberg Center on Innovation Law & Policy, an interdisciplinary center housed at NYU School of Law, that focuses on  legal and policy issues related to innovation, such as intellectual property, information, and competition law.

So why are we interested in drones and hosting DARC?

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Can I Bring Or Fly a Drone at DARC?

Can you bring a small unmanned aircraft to DARC? Yes! And we encourage it, very strongly.

Especially on October 12th. On October 12th, there will be a small room adjacent to the auditorium reserved for casually hanging out. You can share or display things you’ve built, manufactured, or designed there.

Can you fly your small unmanned aircraft to DARC? Probably not. There are only two acceptable flying times:

  1. Onstage during the Friday night drone demo show. We’ve got a protective net to keep people safe. If you want to fly during the show, get in touch.
  2. Sunday, at ITP, during the Nodecopter hackday. You can fly AR Drones only.

Long story short: bring your small unmanned aircraft, show it off, and have a good time! But don’t fly it.

This has been your daily safety briefing from the team at DARC. Register today!

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Drone Journalism at DARC, and thanks to the Tow Center at Columbia University

The NYU Drones & Aerial Robotics Conference is thankful for the support of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University. Fergus Pitt of the Tow Center is chairing the DARC working group on Designing a Drone Journalism Mission, and the Center is graciously providing travel support to a number of journalists to attend the event.

Drone journalism is a burgeoning field, and we’re delighted to work with leading intellectual centers like Tow to understand the potential impact of UAVs on newsgathering. Earlier this year, Tow convened a workshop on “sensor journalism,” inviting emerging experts on drone journalism. The DARC working group on designing a drone journalism will continue laying practical groundwork and best practices for news-gatherers by outlining a full plan for a “reference” reporting mission using UAS.

If you’re interested in drone journalism, you may also consider attending Ant Miller’s talk at DARC, in which he’ll discuss the BBC’s use of UAVs. You should also attend the UAVs and Journalism working group at DARC, with people like Nabiha Syed (founder of Drone U and UAS lawyer), Mark Corcoran & David Goldberg (authors of the Reuters Institute’s report on Drone Journalism), Matt Waite (founder of the Drone Journalism Lab), and many others.

October is a big month for drone journalism. Following DARC, the Drone Journalism Lab will host the first Drone Journalism Conference on October 23rd. Shortly after, the BBC will host the R&D & RAS SIG UAS in Broadcast Conference on October 31st.

Our thanks to the Tow Center for contributing to the exploration of this emerging field.

Join us October 11-12 at NYU Law— and don’t forget to register!

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Tacocopter: The Untold Story at @DroneConference

phoneOrder your tacos on a smartphone. Beam in your GPS coordinates and deduct money from your bank account. An autonomous drone helicopter drops off the tacos at your house.

Too good to be true? Yes… and no.

When Tacocopter was declared a hoax by some in the media, the white hot star of the fledgling startup cooled, and became something more like a massive, slow-burning urban myth.

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Missy Cummings – Closing Keynote at DARC

Mary (Missy) Cummings, former Navy fighter pilot and director of the Humans and Automation Lab (HAL) at MIT/Duke will close out the second day of DARC in preparation for the hackday on Sunday.


Missy’s research includes human supervisory control, human-unmanned vehicle interaction, collaborative human-computer decision making, and the ethical and social impact of technology. She has been an instructor for the U.S. Navy at Pennsylvania State University, and held professorships at Virginia Tech, MIT, and Duke University’s Mechanical Engineering Department and Institute for Brain Sciences.

After earning tenure at MIT, Missy recently finished a two-year sabbatical at the Office of Naval Research as the program manager for the Autonomous Aerial Cargo Utility System (AACUS).NECN story on iDrones

Check out other interviews with Missy on The Daily Show and The Colbert Report.

Register now.

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