Posted by smathermather on July 22, 2015
Contemplating FOSS4G 2015, Seoul, South Korea | SEPTEMBER 14TH – 19TH, 2015, but don’t speak Korean? That’s ok. You will be treated oh so well even without Korean.
But… if you want to show your hosts and hostesses a little care in return, maybe learn a little basic Korean. I highly recommend the sweetandtasty channel on YouTube, starting with the word “Love” or “sarang”. You’ll love the place, the people, and the food.
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Posted by smathermather on July 13, 2015
Dirk’s MSF Canada Drone Day is officially the first blog post I have “re-blogged”. Please read: https://smathermather.wordpress.com/2015/07/13/msf-canada-drone-day/
or better yet here: http://dirkgorissen.com/2015/07/14/msf-canada-drone-day/
I had the pleasure of co-presenting with Dirk and Ivan, and the rest is well covered in Dirk’s post. It came together as an excellent day and I think you would be hard pressed to have had a better introduction to drones.
The day was valuable to me as an emerging practitioner. I learned more about the state of the art in hardware, software, regulations, philosophy, and RC control from this day, and it was inspiring to inhabit the same space with such dedicated practitioners for a short time.
Beyond the value of the workshop to the participants, the outcomes were the following, this quoted from Dirk’s post:
As a first milestone we are looking to pull together a proposal to the Humanitarian Innovation Fund in collaboration with OpenDroneMap and supported by the Missing Maps consortium.
I love the extension of ODM into this space. This is the real value of open source, the opportunity to collaborate across the world, across industries and use cases, and across organizations. Expect to see improvements to ODM in usability, performance, and output qualities from this initiative. More on this later.
Another outcome / learning for me was observing Ivan’s OpenUAV. From his repo:
This is intended to be a repository for design files, instructions, photos, documentation, and everything else needed for people wishing to build a and operate UAV (drone) in a low-income, resource-poor environment. This is not about cutting-edge UAVs, it’s about democratizing the technology and getting it into the hands of more people, particularly in poorer countries and humanitarian settings.
Ivan undersells it. This is a pro quality quad copter on a very nice price diet — a brilliant piece of pragmatic engineering.
This little quad copter will make its way into drone building workshops I’ll be offering in Cleveland and Columbus Ohio and Seoul, South Korea in August and September. More details forthcoming.
If you are in Cleveland, plan to be at FOSS4G Seoul, or Ohio GIS, come build Ivan’s capable quad.
(BTW, Ivan says with a couple of 4C 8000mAh batteries, this sucker flies for 50 minutes… .)
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Posted by smathermather on July 13, 2015
Excellent post by Dirk Gorissen on MSF Canada Drone Day.
I recently had the honour of attending the MSF Canada AGM in Montreal to join Ivan Gayton and Stephen Mather (from Open DroneMap fame) run a drone day for the MSF logisticians. The aim being to show the realm of the possible with current drone technology as well as touch on future trends and ethical considerations.
A second agenda we had was to promote the democratisation of drone technology to enable crowd sourced imagery collection as part of the Missing Maps initiative. More specifically, the goal is to bring drone technology down to a level where it can be built, maintained, and operated safely, responsibly, and independently by a local high school in South Sudan, the local University of Lubumbashi, or similar.
The full (draft) concept note behind this can be found here.
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