On February 19TH, 2015 the Media Innovation Studio will host a one day workshop to launch its Civic Drone Centre project.
There will be guest speakers. Mickey Ostriecher, US lawyer and UAV regulation specialist will join representatives from the British Antarctic Survey team and Dickens Olewe, Knight Foundation fellow and journalist at the Star Newspaper in Kenya to talk about the opportunities and challenges of working with UAV technology.
They’ll be joined by representatives from the CAA, ARPAS-UK, the BBC and members of the wider UAS Operators community. Through a discussions and a highly interactive workshop the daylong lab aims to connect people from a range of different disciplines with widely varying expertise to share ideas and ultimately, come up with collaborative projects that explore topics like what drones can do, how they might do it safely, how they can do it legally.
Paul Egglestone said: “We want to build on the success of our crowd sourced mountain rescue project AeroSe. I’d love to develop a series of new challenges with the people participating in the workshop. If they have burning ambitions to try something drone based – even if it means we need to build new kit or create new software for the job- we’d love to hear about it during the workshop. If enough of us are interested in making it happen – we’ll aim to do just that!”
Darren Ansell, Engineering lead for the centre, has been developing and building UAV technology for over a decade. He said: “There are some amazing people coming to the event. Not just the speakers – who will be fantastic – but people from the UAV community who are already using this technology in all sorts of interesting ways. Whether they’re in agriculture, humanitarian aid, film and media, search and rescue or using drones for surveys or gathering environmental data – it’s a great mix of people and the day will be a lot of fun.”
The Civic Drone Centre – is a collaboration between the University of Central Lancashire’s Media Innovation Studio and Engineering Innovation Centre designed to examine innovative drone uses and market places. The workshop marks the next phase in its development connecting the UAV community, legal experts, researchers, engineers and end users to start a new journey into the future of UAV technologies and applications.