It’s been a big drone news year for Canadians. And building on the massive growth and improvements in Canada’s drone economy, a drone conference is coming to town.
The first-ever Western Drone Show, hosted by M3 Aerial Productions, will take place on Friday, May 3 at Winnipeg’s Victoria Inn Hotel & Convention Centre.
It’s primarily targeted at drones for educational purposes. Prior to this year, regulations had precluded many school divisions from exploring the applications of drone technology in the classroom. Previously, there was a lack of clarity as to how teachers could integrate drones safely, meaningfully, and legally. But in January, the Canadian government posted a new set of rules around flying drones (specifically ones weighing between 250 grams and 25 kilograms; if your drone weighs more than 25 kilograms you will still need special permission from Transport Canada). The new Canadian drone laws cover topics from licensing and registration to airports. And that’s about to open a whole new gateway for Canada’s educators.
The conference is for you if:
- you might already be aware of some basic applications of drones (like photography) but want to know how drones are reshaping the industry
- you’re an educator and are looking for an introduction to the drone community
- you’re a teachers, principal, superintendent or student, curious about the depth and extent of this rapidly developing industry
- you’re looking to learn how drones can be implemented in the classroom
The Western Drone Show conference will have everything from speakers to a trade show floor for you to check out gear, and deeper discussions on topics such as GIS applications, precision agriculture and specialized optical sensing.
The event will be emceed by iconic Winnipeg radio personality Hal Anderson. And yours truly (Sally French, The Drone Girl!) will be one of the conference’s key speakers.
You can also expect keynotes with the team from Transport Canada, scientists who are using drones in their research, and people who are actually designing drones specifically for in-classroom use.
And this isn’t any mega-corporate conference. All profits from the Western Drone Show conference will be donated to two charities – Crohn’s and Colitis Canada and Northern Indigenous factions of Habitat for Humanity. The connection with Crohn’s and Colitis Canada is part of the #Drones4Crohns initiative, using a popular, widely talked about topic (drones) to provide awareness to a disease that is rarely discussed, despite Canada having among the highest rates of the disease in the world. The #Drones4Crohns component of the conference will see Crohn’s and Colitis Canada with a booth at the event, as well as a lunchtime #Drones4Crohns Drone Aerial Photography Contest Auction, which will see winners from the contest having their art enlarged and auctioned off at the event.
Register for the conference directly at the Western Drone Show‘s website. Hope to see you there, and happy flying!