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Monday, March 16 • 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Drones for Good: Journalism and Crowdsourced UAVs

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Offering web-connectivity that allows communities to access drones and their data, tech from the UK’s Civic Drone Centre adds a crowdsourced angle on UAV development. ‘AeroSee’ puts people at the centre of drone operations: connecting a global user base to live drone data feeds. Our search and rescue trial in the UK used this community-connected drone-cast to find a missing hiker in 69 seconds.
In Kenya, Drone Journalism project SkyCAM is pushing the boundaries of UAV content capture, and exploring how UAVs could revolutionise media operations.
So what does a world of web-connected civilian UAVs mean?
Speakers from Europe and Africa will explore the potential of web-connected drones, how they offer new and engaging ways for citizens, storytellers, journalists and organisations to utilise UAV technologies. We’ll tackle contentious issues of ethics, privacy and safety. What are the dangers of eyes in the sky, and can positive UAV uses re-energise a potentially sceptical public?

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Speakers
avatar for Darren Ansell

Darren Ansell

Space & Aerospace Engineering Lead, UCLan
Darren Ansell has been the Space and Aerospace Engineering Lead in the School of Computing, Engineering and Physical Sciences, University of Central Lancashire since September 2012. At UCLAN Darren is leading a number of collaborative research projects with industry partners, including... Read More →
avatar for Clare Cook

Clare Cook

Lecturer/Author/Researcher, Media Innovation Studio/University of Central Lancashire
I'm passionate about journalism and media making the most of technology and the networked world. I'm working on projects around local casting of content via wifi networks; collaborative revenue platforms for exiled media and a new network of innovation for media under threat @cecook... Read More →
avatar for Ben Kreimer

Ben Kreimer

Journalism Technologist, Polymedia Producer
Ben Kreimer is a freelance journalism technologist and international drone journalism innovator.  As technologist and adviser for the Drone Journalism Lab and Kenya based African SkyCAM, Kreimer explores the use of drones and microcomputer sensor platforms as new tools for gathering... Read More →
avatar for Dickens Olewe

Dickens Olewe

Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University, The Star Kenya
Dickens Olewe is a journalism pioneer. His drone journalism project, AfricanSkyCAM, was a winner in the inaugural African News Challenge. But this is not the first time he’s launched innovative approaches to journalism. At the Star newspaper, he led a project on collaborative journalism... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
JW Marriott Room 208 110 E 2nd St

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