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DIY Drones: Open-Source Autonomous Navigation Software

  • Jan 16, 2013 · 7:00 PM

NOTE: ONLY PRE-REGISTRANTS MAY ATTEND THIS PRESENTATION.  You will be required to present government issued ID and declare nationality. If your country of nationality is on a government list of export restricted countries please contact [masked] before arriving in order avoid any problems on checking. These steps are needed for Nokia to meet federal government requirements.


Chris Anderson will describe how he and a large community of contributors have created the DIY Drones project (, which develops ARM- and Arduino-based autonomous vehicle control software The open-source project is hosted at and reference hardware is available for purchase as well. Chris has presented earlier variants of the talk at Maker Faire (

Chris Anderson's belief in the potential of crowd-sourced robotics has motivated him to leave his former position as editor of _Wired_ and found a new startup, 3D Robotics ( Chris is also the author of 3 best-selling books (_Long Tail_, Free: The Future of a Radical Price_, and recently, _Makers_). Before joining Wired, he served as a business and technology editor at The Economist. He began his media career at the two premier science journals, Nature and Science. In 2007, Anderson was named to the Time 100, the news magazine’s annual list of the world’s most influential people.

As usual, we will begin setup at 6 PM, begin serving a snack at 6:30 PM, and begin the presentation at 7 PM or when enough people show up, whichever come laters (but not after 7:30 PM).

Sponsorship: ICS (food) and Nokia

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  • Alison C.

    Competition for Quadrucopter:

    1 · March 10, 2013

  • Vas B.

    Thought you might all be interested in this interview of Dr. Missy Cummings on The Daily Show by Jon Stewart. Missy Cummings is Assoc. Prof. of Aeronautics at MIT. The first thing she mentioned in this interview was DIYDRONES:

    January 25, 2013

  • Vas B.

    Thanks to Chris Anderson for a fantastic talk. Learned so much not just about drones but also about how to seed a community and to look beyond borders. Thanks to Alison for organizing another fantastic talk and to Alistair and Nokia for hosting all of us.

    Much appreciated.

    January 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great talk, lots of Q&A, I'm excited about the potential behind DIYDrones.

    Full notes on the presentation here:

    January 17, 2013

  • Alison C.

    My takeaway from the talk: the first autonomous passenger vehicles in the hands of ordinary citizens will be homebrews, and the first mass-market offering will be from a crowd-funded (e.g. Kickstarter) project.

    Thanks to Chris more a most inspiring talk, and to ICS and Nokia for support.

    January 17, 2013

  • Art S

    Excellent presenter. Learned LOTS about Drones sparking interest in learning more. Organizer Alison- great location, parking, and snack!

    1 · January 16, 2013

  • Vas B.

    It will be nice if the DIYDRONE team brings some For Sale diydrone kits. They might make some quick sales. A captive audience and zero-acquisition cost customers..... PS: yes, I'm interested.

    1 · January 13, 2013

    • Steve L.

      Yes, this would have been cool. Or even just some units to show off. And maybe a discount code for people interested in ordering... :-)

      January 16, 2013

  • Alec D.

    Chris Anderson gave an excellent presentation -- fascinating technical, business and personal sub-stories nicely woven together.

    1 · January 16, 2013

  • Bob C.

    Great presentation!

    1 · January 16, 2013

  • Eric S.

    Excellent. The talk was densely packed with facts, ideas and a neat story.

    1 · January 16, 2013

  • Oswald C.

    This was easily one of the best presentations I've attended in quite some time. Perhaps Chris would be interested in returning for a future presentation to provide us with his latest drone-related developments.

    1 · January 16, 2013

    • Steve L.

      Agreed! What a fascinating and entertaining presentation! Thanks, Chris!!

      January 16, 2013

  • James M.

    Looking forward to the meetup tonight. FYI, the Parrot SenseFly drone looks pretty interesting...

    January 16, 2013

  • Seongkeun P.

    Sorry but I just know this community right now. Is it impossible to joint tomorrow talks?

    January 15, 2013

  • Alison C.

    January 8, 2013

  • Alison C.

    NOTE VENUE CHANGE! Also, ONLY PRE-REGISTRANTS CAN ATTEND THIS EVENT. (We will not always have this stricture, don't worry.) Please bring a photo ID to show at the door. These requirements are due to federal export controls with which Nokia must comply: sorry! In compense, the Nokia facility is new, modern and pretty.

    December 19, 2012

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