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The Elon Innovation Council Strategic Grant will support organizers as they seek to expose a wider audience to the technological and professional potential of the growing drone industry.

A new grant from Elon’s Innovation Council will take Elon Drone Day even higher in 2022 by showcasing to a wider audience the potential the growing drone industry offers both technologically and professionally .

The $4,500 Elon Drone Day 2022 grant follows a successful inaugural event in 2021 that drew more than 120 attendees to Elon to see the latest drone technology, learn about drone training and regulatory requirements. drone operation and experience a drone demonstration showcasing the potential of these unmanned drones. aerial vehicles have in a wide range of industries.

Vendors at the first Elon Drone Day in November 2021 explained how these technologies can benefit a wide range of industries.

Organizer Randy Piland, senior lecturer in communication design, said the Innovation Council grant will allow other university departments across campus to be included in the Drone Day event, which was supported last year by the School of Communications and organized in partnership with the NC. Department of Transportation, FAA Security Team and others.

This year’s event, to be held on Friday, November 18, will bring together representatives from the fields of film and media, engineering, IT, and international and global studies. With an expanded focus that will appeal to a wider range of people, this year’s Elon Drone Day will continue to establish the university as a leading advocate for drone education and training.

“We are really looking for ways to integrate other disciplines across campus, especially engineering and computer science, whose fields impact the drone industry and whose students can see how they can fit into the drone realm,” Piland said.

The Elon Innovation Council offers grants of up to $5,000 each year to Elon students, faculty, and staff for innovative project proposals that support Boldly Elon’s goals and themes, the university’s ten-year strategic plan. Proposals can focus on goals such as creating cross-disciplinary work on campus, building inclusiveness and belonging, supporting the internationalization of Elon’s campus, building local partnerships and links to alumni and other areas.

The inaugural Elon Drone Day, November 8, 2021, drew recreational and commercial pilots, transportation and safety officials, educators, students, and community members to Elon’s campus. The day-long program included panel discussions, keynote speeches and an afternoon flight demonstration. Pilots, educators and officials answered questions regarding regulations, safety and trends in the drone industry.

Elon Drone Day 2021 covered a wide range of commercial and public safety applications and topics, including remote identification, night operations, people hovering, FAASTeam Ops and Maintenance, TRUST program, Part 107 certification, drone delivery, educational implementation of UAS technology, utility of public safety and legal considerations.

Elon Drone Day in November 2021 included demonstrations of various drone technologies.

The format for this year’s Elon Drone Day will be similar but is designed to broaden the scope of attendees and attract more Elon students who may be interested in drones from a recreational and professional perspective.
Additionally, Piland is working to onboard representatives from the Global Air Drone Academy, a Baltimore-based drone training, education, and consulting organization that focuses on training young people to become drone pilots. Among its programs are training initiatives in Nigeria and other African countries where drone technologies are deployed in a number of industries.

“We want to bring them in to show that this is a global opportunity,” Piland said. “It fuels a career path and jobs for young people who can look ahead and say, ‘I have a future in these areas.’

Piland considers last year’s event “a very good start” and says the support from the Innovation Council grant will allow the event to broaden its scope, serve a wider audience wide of participants and to integrate additional areas of the large-scale drone industry.

“We reached a wide variety of people in the public last year who are interested in the drone industry and aspire to use drones in their industries,” Piland said. “This year, I think we will see a lot more interest on campus from faculty and staff who want to understand what the opportunities are in their areas and programs.”

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