Drones are taking rural communities by storm. Not only do they allow farmers to view their crops and help livestock producers monitor their herds from the air, they’re making aerial surveys of acreages and farms possible. It’s not an exaggeration that drones are changing the way farming, real estate, mining, and oil exploration are being
Drones are taking rural communities by storm. Not only do they allow farmers to view their crops and help livestock producers monitor their herds from the air, they’re making aerial surveys of acreages and farms possible. It’s not an exaggeration that drones are changing the way farming, real estate, mining, and oil exploration are being done in rural areas like southwest Saskatchewan.
In fact, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have exploded in popularity in the past few years to such an extent that more and more consumers and companies are buying drones to see how they can be used personally and in a wide variety of industries. Yet consumers and businesses alike have a lot of questions about what drones can do for them.
Answering these questions is the focus of the first-ever DroneFest, to be held at Antelope Lake Regional Park, Saskatchewan on July 25, 2015. The event will bring together companies that will demonstrate how their unique drone technologies are empowering rural industries to get the job done more quickly and efficiently. The festival will also help consumers learn more about how drones operate, and they can enhance their lives, too. Sponsoring companies come from a wide range of industrial areas, providing drones for law enforcement, mining operations, agriculture, filmmaking, and aerial surveys. Given their work in mining, oil, and agriculture, these companies represent three of the major industries of Saskatchewan.
The event kicks off on July 25, 2015 at 10 a.m. with the first of the workshops. Each session is scheduled at roughly 45 minutes in length, giving attendees time to learn about the specific drone applications with demonstrations and audio-video presentations, as well as space to ask questions. Attendance fees are priced on a per-workshop basis at $25 per person per session. The workshops are scheduled to be held outdoors, under a large tent at the park.
Simultaneously, there will be a tradeshow at which companies can talk directly to people about what they do. A door prize raffle will also be held, with a Roger Aldag Roughrider’s jersey, as well as several other prizes available. Food and beverages are also provided for visitors.
The event is for the whole family, and as such there will be children’s activities including drone selfies, face painting, a bouncy castle and much more. Everything will come to an end at 4 p.m.
While this is the first DroneFest, big things are already being planned for next years event with the first-ever Drone Air Show in North America.
To learn more about DroneFest, please visit www.gldronefest.com.
DroneFutures will be sponsoring and covering the event, so be sure to get out there to be part of the conversation about how drones are transforming work in rural communities. Stay tuned for firsthand interviews with businesses using drones in prairie communities, as well as reporting on the day of the event.