Women Who Drone

We need your help to expand our drone education to women & girls nationwide.

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Project Description

WHAT WE DO

Women Who Drone is on a mission to close the gender gap in the UAV industry by educating women & girls about drone technology and empowering them to become licensed, commercial drone pilots.

​We do this by providing drone flying workshops, one on one lessons, online courses, news & reviews, career opportunities and a supportive group of women around the world. 

THE PROBLEM

Technology and Artificial Intelligence will transform the world globally and drones are already playing a major part of this technological revolution.

Drone technology is already changing the world in the consumer and commercial sectors. Drones deliver medical supplies to people in need, monitor crops in agriculture, survey land, and save lives through search and rescue capabilities. The use of drones will only increase and they will utterly transform society in a positive way.  

However, once again, women are at risk of being excluded from another important tech job that pays well, creates stability and choices!

As the drone industry continues to grow, the demand for licensed drone pilots will rise.

Right now, women make up LESS THAN 5% of certified licensed drone pilots in the U.S. and represent only 3% globally.

Once we learned these dismal statistics, we said, "Not On Our Watch" and created Women Who Drone to inspire, educate and empower more women to learn to fly drones, obtain licenses, and join the drone industry. 

HOW WE'RE CHANGING THIS...

Women Who Drone is on a mission to ensure that more women are trained and licensed to join the growing drone industry. In the last 12 months:

  • We have managed to become the largest online female drone pilot community and have built a community of thousands of followers worldwide.
  • We currently have 44 Brand Ambassadors from 23 different countries and 35 different cities who inspire and encourage more women to join this growing industry. 
  • We were recently featured in Fast Company for taking female drone operation to new heights.  
  • We have partnered with the largest visual content distributor in the world, Getty Images to offer female drone pilots the opportunity to monetize their aerial content through our Women Who Drone Collection.
  • We have been featured in several publications highlighting our mission and education including, DroneLife, Fierce Mitu, DJI, Aerobo, 818 Agency, and UAV Coach.
  • We have had women from around the world reach out to us to connect with other female drone pilots and we have had hundreds of women thank us for inspiring them to buy their first drone!

WHY WE'RE RAISING MONEY

We are proud of the work we've done so far, but there is so much more to do! We want to really scale our efforts to educate more women and girls and empower their lives through flying drones. 

As a start-up with no funding, the request from women to expand our workshops and provide one-on-one lessons in their cities has been exciting, yet financially overwhelming at the same time. This is why we need your help!

We have been endlessly inspired by the work our WWD Ambassadors are doing with their drones. 

Here are a few examples of some of the many projects our women have been working on:

  • Clare Johnson- WWD Ambassador-Orlando, Florida uses her drone for humanitarian photography. She is currently in Bangladesh working with the Rohingya refugees.
  • Alana Waters-Piper- WWD Ambassador- Chicago, IL, uses her drone in Galveston after Hurricane Harvey and to locally survey flood waters around the Salt Creek. 
  • Sara Webber- WWD Ambassador- Melbourne, Australia, uses drones for commercial, environmental awareness and mapping purposes.
  • Linda Quackenboss- WWD Ambassador in Las Vegas, uses her drone for commercial photography and specializes in construction and architecture.
  • Didem GurdurWWD Ambassador in Stockholm, Sweden, uses her drone for autonomous radio tower inspections.
  • Abigail Aquino-WWD Ambassador in Cebu City, Philippines, uses her drone in landfills/dumpsites for outreach programs for the community. 

We want to continue to support and and encourage women to use their drones for good and creativity. In order to do this, Women Who Drone requires funding to expand our drone education and tell more stories about women who are flying and impacting their communities worldwide. 

WHERE THE MONEY IS GOING

With your help, we will develop our educational programs and obtain the proper insurance to protect our instructors and students during their drone training. Additionally, we are raising funds to create and produce online courses for women to expand their drone skill sets in the commercial space, such as 3D mapping, inspections, construction and agriculture. By contributing, you'll also help us grow the Women Who Drone team and provide more services to our community. This includes: 

  • Library of educational online courses.
  • Member portal.
  • Directory of global female Certified Drone Pilots.
  • More events and workshops in more cities.
  • Creating grants and scholarships to encourage more women and girls to fly drones. 

HOW YOU CAN HELP

Contribute. By supporting this campaign, you’re not only helping us expand our educational programming, you’re helping us grow the organization so we can provide more education and career opportunities to women and girls globally.

Share. Help turn this into a movement by spreading the word. Whether it’s by email, social, or carrier pigeon, your voice will go a long way. Here's a folder with text + images to make it easy to share.

Join. Sign Up for the Women Who Drone newsletter to receive our updates, access to our online network and invitations to upcoming events.

 

WE HAVE SOME FANS :-)

"I had a fantastic experience with Elena at the Women Who Drone lesson. She was very patience with all my questions and she showed me everything for a good beginning drone experience. I really recommend it not just because you can flight a drone also you can have a great photo or video of NY skyline!"

"Elena was fantastic. She was very accommodating with scheduling and gave us a lot of information. It was great fun and we are looking forward to doing more with drones and with Women Who Drone -what a great time!"

"It was such an incredible experience. It was very professional and they truly knew their craft. They are actually one of the most knowledgeable people for drone flying I've ever met. I would highly recommend this for someone who is just interested in having fun at flying drones or for someone who is looking to get into this as part of their career. Also they were very nice and fun to hang out with!"

"Nice touring around Brooklyn with Women Who Drone's Founder, Elena and many shortcuts on setting your drone. Definitely would love to get my own drone after this cool experience. Love it!"

"Great experience! Elena knows her stuff when it comes to drones. She's very friendly and very passionate about sharing her love of drones with the world. We loved flying the drone and would totally do it again."

Thank you so much for contributing and sharing this campaign. Your support will help us continue to serve women and girls everywhere.
 

In gratitude,

Team WWD

Updates

The Project FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • All in-person workshops and lessons will take place in Brooklyn, NYC.
  • Online Courses via email once released.
  • Rewards will be shipped within 2-3 months.
  • We will reach out to confirm shipping details and T-shirt sizes.
  • We will reach out to confirm Instagram Handle to give you your shoutout.

 

 

Jem Jem
11/26/2018
The Giving Bird
$10
Carys Kaiser
11/24/2018
The Capture Bird
$65
11/23/2018
The Contributing Bird
$60
11/23/2018
The Social Bird
$20
11/23/2018
The Social Bird
$102
pippysips
11/23/2018
The Social Bird
$20
11/22/2018
Monetary Contribution
$50
Harlan Hill
11/22/2018
Monetary Contribution
$100
Carina Zevely
11/22/2018
The Curious Bird
$40
Kelly Suhr
11/22/2018
Perfect Your Drone Skills
$199
Monetary Contribution

Just Because I Care

11 Supporters
Contribute
$140
The Flight Operations Bird

The Kittyhawk Small Business Account ($288 value) allows small fleet operators to manage all of their staff and equipment with ease. Plan missions, get LAANC airspace authorizations, and track all your flights in real-time. Kittyhawk is your full stack drone operations solution. 

3 Left
0 Supporters
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$10
The Giving Bird

We will send you Women Who Drone stickers, plus we will put your name on our website for being an early supporter! 

10 Supporters
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$20
The Social Bird

Get an Insta-Story shoutout on our Instagram with 21k followers! We will tag you in one of our daily Insta-Story posts and thank you for being an early supporter! 

18 Supporters
Select this reward
$65
The Capture Bird

Women Who Drone partnered with Tiffen to offer The Tiffen Mavic 2 Pro 6 Filter Kit which was was designed for the professional aerial image maker looking to perfect their aerial imagery. This kit is especially great for pilots who focus on both still photography and video, as the 6 filters offer a wide array of options to choose from. The kit contains solid Neutral Density filters ranging from 2 stops to 4 stops, as well as Rotational Neutral Density Polarizers, which offer contrast enhancement and reflection control.  

 The filters have a multilayer and hydrophobic coating. Its surface is waterproof and contains scratch prevention technology. The filters guarantee ultra-low reflection rates and they have unmatched color fidelity. Its 4K high definition optical glass has a 10 year warranty. 

Included with the kit is a compact metal tin carrying case which is perfect to take on any adventure.

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3 Supporters
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$40
The Curious Bird

Webinar: How to Buy a Drone & What to Look for

Everyone who purchases this reward will receive a recording of the live webinar.

Buying a drone is an investment so its important to know what to look for. It can be tricky if you don't know what best suits your needs. Women Who Drone Founder, Elena Buenrostro will lead a webinar to share her knowledge about purchasing a drone, what to look for, what features are important for various projects as well as the price points. 

Key takeaways include:

  • Knowing what drone will fit your needs.
  • Understanding the drone investment.
  • Key features a drone can offer you in various types of jobs/projects. 
2 Supporters
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$50
The Colorful Bird

You'll receive a Women Who Drone customized decal for your Drone plus get an Instgram story shoutout. Available for Mavic Pro and 2 only. Shipping is included.

4 Supporters
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$60
The Contributing Bird

We're proud to debut our Women Who Drone T-shirt! You'll get this along with our Women Who Drone sticker set and an Instagram story shoutout for being an early supporter. Shipping is included and we'll reach out regarding color choice after the campaign!

19 Supporters
Select this reward
$99
The Learning Bird

Get an online course to help prep you for your Part-107 exam contributed by our friends from Altitude University! Altitude University's renowned video lessons cover every topic on the Remote Pilot test, making studying much easier, more entertaining, and allows for an enhanced learning experience throughout.

5 Supporters
None available
$100
The Bird Thats Going Places

Everyone who purchases this reward will receive a recording of the live webinar.

Get access to a one-hour Webinar with WWD Founder, Elena Buenrostro on everything you need to know about traveling with your drone and planning your next drone vacation! 

Key Take Aways:

  • How to Pack Your Drone
  • Getting Past Airport Security
  • Universal Drone Rules & Regulations
  • Best places to travel with a drone
  • Accessories, Backpacks and More
2 Supporters
Select this reward
$500
The Certified Bird

The Uplift Drones Online PfCO e-course has been created by our expert training team of commercial drone operators and manned pilots, to cover the following subjects that meet and exceed the CAA recommended syllabus:

  • Air Law
  • Ground Maps & Air Navigation Charts
  • Airspace Operating Principles
  • Meteorology
  • Aircraft Knowledge
  • Airmanship & Aviation Safety
  • Human Factors
  • Operating Procedures
1 Left
1 Supporter
Select this reward
$150
The Survey Bird

Learn how to map the world with a drone! Take a two-hour in-person workshop with one of our Certified Instructors on how to use 3D Mapping software. 

Key Take aways include:

  • Understand the basics of 3D Mapping and what it can be used for.
  • Make measurements with the help of your UAV.
  • Make a 3D model of buildings, people, terrain and objects.
5 Supporters
Select this reward
$300
The Bird with Swag

Lucky you! You're getting the whole swag bag, which includes a Women Who Drone t-shirt, tote bag, AND access to our upcoming Webinar, first online course and 3D Mapping workshop. PLUS your name on the website and an Instagram shoutout. (Shipping is included).

4 Supporters
Select this reward
$400
The Bird Thats Turning a New Leaf

Be the first to receive our Women Who Drone coffee table book comprised of entirely female aerial photographers and get your name published in the 'Special Thanks' section! Plus, you'll get a Women Who Drone T-Shirt & access to the two webinars listed above: How To Buy a Drone & What to Look for as well as How to Travel with a Drone. 

3 Supporters
Select this reward
$600
The "More You Know" Bird

With your generous contribution we will provide one girl/woman (age 16 or over) with the educational content and funds to gain her Part 107 Certification (commercial drone license) in the United States, opening up career opportunities around the country. You'll also get an Instagram story shout-out for being an early supporter and your name listed in thanks on our website.

0 Supporters
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$1,000
The Flock of Birds

Plan a Drone Workshop with you and up to 5 people taught by Women Who Drone Certified Instructors. You'll also get an Instagram story shout-up for being an early supporter. 

1 Supporter
Select this reward
$2,000
The Birds in NYC

We will fly you to NYC from anywhere in the continental U.S. and put you up for the weekend! You'll get a one-on-one Drone session with Women Who Drone Founder, Elena Buenrostro teaching you drone basics and you'll get to walk away with aerial photos and video of your experience. 

0 Supporters
Select this reward
$3,000
The Movie Bird

We'll create a 2-3 minute custom drone video with your name or company name on it. We will reach out to you to discuss the project concept. Additionally, you will get an Instagram shoutout for an entire week for your generous contribution. 

0 Supporters
Select this reward
$5,000
The Branded Bird

We'll integrate you, your company or your brand at a 2018 - 2019 Women Who Drone event, details to be discussed. Additionally, you will get a Intro to Drones workshop for you and up to 5 people and an Instagram shoutout for an entire week for your generous contribution. 

0 Supporters
Select this reward
$10,000
The Master of the Skies

Your company will be placed as our official Women Who Drone sponsor and inclusion in all events, on the website and social media. We'll also create a custom drone video for you or your company. Additionally, you will get a Intro to Drones workshop for up to 9 people and an Instagram Story shoutout for an entire week for your generous contribution. Your company logo will also be featured on up to 3 online courses and workshops. You'll also receive our eternal gratitude for your generosity; we'll get in touch with you to see how we can best create a custom drone video for you or company. 

0 Supporters
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$200
Fly Now- DJI Spark

Our friends at Drone Nerds (www.dronenerds.com) have just contributed a Refurbished DJI Spark, (valued at $279)! There's only one of these available as a reward on our campaign for $200! Act fast before this one goes! 

1 Supporter
None available
$240
Fly Away-DJI Spark

Our friend, Loretta Alkalay has donated her Used Sky Blue DJI Mavic Spark with controller, carrying case, 3 batteries, charger and propeller guards. She's used it only a few times and its in excellent condition! 

1 Supporter
None available

Rewards

Monetary Contribution

Just Because I Care

11 Supporters
Contribute
$140
The Flight Operations Bird

The Kittyhawk Small Business Account ($288 value) allows small fleet operators to manage all of their staff and equipment with ease. Plan missions, get LAANC airspace authorizations, and track all your flights in real-time. Kittyhawk is your full stack drone operations solution. 

3 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward
$10
The Giving Bird

We will send you Women Who Drone stickers, plus we will put your name on our website for being an early supporter! 

10 Supporters
Select this reward
$20
The Social Bird

Get an Insta-Story shoutout on our Instagram with 21k followers! We will tag you in one of our daily Insta-Story posts and thank you for being an early supporter! 

18 Supporters
Select this reward
$65
The Capture Bird

Women Who Drone partnered with Tiffen to offer The Tiffen Mavic 2 Pro 6 Filter Kit which was was designed for the professional aerial image maker looking to perfect their aerial imagery. This kit is especially great for pilots who focus on both still photography and video, as the 6 filters offer a wide array of options to choose from. The kit contains solid Neutral Density filters ranging from 2 stops to 4 stops, as well as Rotational Neutral Density Polarizers, which offer contrast enhancement and reflection control.  

 The filters have a multilayer and hydrophobic coating. Its surface is waterproof and contains scratch prevention technology. The filters guarantee ultra-low reflection rates and they have unmatched color fidelity. Its 4K high definition optical glass has a 10 year warranty. 

Included with the kit is a compact metal tin carrying case which is perfect to take on any adventure.

2 Left
3 Supporters
Select this reward
$40
The Curious Bird

Webinar: How to Buy a Drone & What to Look for

Everyone who purchases this reward will receive a recording of the live webinar.

Buying a drone is an investment so its important to know what to look for. It can be tricky if you don't know what best suits your needs. Women Who Drone Founder, Elena Buenrostro will lead a webinar to share her knowledge about purchasing a drone, what to look for, what features are important for various projects as well as the price points. 

Key takeaways include:

  • Knowing what drone will fit your needs.
  • Understanding the drone investment.
  • Key features a drone can offer you in various types of jobs/projects. 
2 Supporters
Select this reward
$50
The Colorful Bird

You'll receive a Women Who Drone customized decal for your Drone plus get an Instgram story shoutout. Available for Mavic Pro and 2 only. Shipping is included.

4 Supporters
Select this reward
$60
The Contributing Bird

We're proud to debut our Women Who Drone T-shirt! You'll get this along with our Women Who Drone sticker set and an Instagram story shoutout for being an early supporter. Shipping is included and we'll reach out regarding color choice after the campaign!

19 Supporters
Select this reward
$99
The Learning Bird

Get an online course to help prep you for your Part-107 exam contributed by our friends from Altitude University! Altitude University's renowned video lessons cover every topic on the Remote Pilot test, making studying much easier, more entertaining, and allows for an enhanced learning experience throughout.

5 Supporters
None available
$100
The Bird Thats Going Places

Everyone who purchases this reward will receive a recording of the live webinar.

Get access to a one-hour Webinar with WWD Founder, Elena Buenrostro on everything you need to know about traveling with your drone and planning your next drone vacation! 

Key Take Aways:

  • How to Pack Your Drone
  • Getting Past Airport Security
  • Universal Drone Rules & Regulations
  • Best places to travel with a drone
  • Accessories, Backpacks and More
2 Supporters
Select this reward
$500
The Certified Bird

The Uplift Drones Online PfCO e-course has been created by our expert training team of commercial drone operators and manned pilots, to cover the following subjects that meet and exceed the CAA recommended syllabus:

  • Air Law
  • Ground Maps & Air Navigation Charts
  • Airspace Operating Principles
  • Meteorology
  • Aircraft Knowledge
  • Airmanship & Aviation Safety
  • Human Factors
  • Operating Procedures
1 Left
1 Supporter
Select this reward
$150
The Survey Bird

Learn how to map the world with a drone! Take a two-hour in-person workshop with one of our Certified Instructors on how to use 3D Mapping software. 

Key Take aways include:

  • Understand the basics of 3D Mapping and what it can be used for.
  • Make measurements with the help of your UAV.
  • Make a 3D model of buildings, people, terrain and objects.
5 Supporters
Select this reward
$300
The Bird with Swag

Lucky you! You're getting the whole swag bag, which includes a Women Who Drone t-shirt, tote bag, AND access to our upcoming Webinar, first online course and 3D Mapping workshop. PLUS your name on the website and an Instagram shoutout. (Shipping is included).

4 Supporters
Select this reward
$400
The Bird Thats Turning a New Leaf

Be the first to receive our Women Who Drone coffee table book comprised of entirely female aerial photographers and get your name published in the 'Special Thanks' section! Plus, you'll get a Women Who Drone T-Shirt & access to the two webinars listed above: How To Buy a Drone & What to Look for as well as How to Travel with a Drone. 

3 Supporters
Select this reward
$600
The "More You Know" Bird

With your generous contribution we will provide one girl/woman (age 16 or over) with the educational content and funds to gain her Part 107 Certification (commercial drone license) in the United States, opening up career opportunities around the country. You'll also get an Instagram story shout-out for being an early supporter and your name listed in thanks on our website.

0 Supporters
Select this reward
$1,000
The Flock of Birds

Plan a Drone Workshop with you and up to 5 people taught by Women Who Drone Certified Instructors. You'll also get an Instagram story shout-up for being an early supporter. 

1 Supporter
Select this reward
$2,000
The Birds in NYC

We will fly you to NYC from anywhere in the continental U.S. and put you up for the weekend! You'll get a one-on-one Drone session with Women Who Drone Founder, Elena Buenrostro teaching you drone basics and you'll get to walk away with aerial photos and video of your experience. 

0 Supporters
Select this reward
$3,000
The Movie Bird

We'll create a 2-3 minute custom drone video with your name or company name on it. We will reach out to you to discuss the project concept. Additionally, you will get an Instagram shoutout for an entire week for your generous contribution. 

0 Supporters
Select this reward
$5,000
The Branded Bird

We'll integrate you, your company or your brand at a 2018 - 2019 Women Who Drone event, details to be discussed. Additionally, you will get a Intro to Drones workshop for you and up to 5 people and an Instagram shoutout for an entire week for your generous contribution. 

0 Supporters
Select this reward
$10,000
The Master of the Skies

Your company will be placed as our official Women Who Drone sponsor and inclusion in all events, on the website and social media. We'll also create a custom drone video for you or your company. Additionally, you will get a Intro to Drones workshop for up to 9 people and an Instagram Story shoutout for an entire week for your generous contribution. Your company logo will also be featured on up to 3 online courses and workshops. You'll also receive our eternal gratitude for your generosity; we'll get in touch with you to see how we can best create a custom drone video for you or company. 

0 Supporters
Select this reward
$200
Fly Now- DJI Spark

Our friends at Drone Nerds (www.dronenerds.com) have just contributed a Refurbished DJI Spark, (valued at $279)! There's only one of these available as a reward on our campaign for $200! Act fast before this one goes! 

1 Supporter
None available
$240
Fly Away-DJI Spark

Our friend, Loretta Alkalay has donated her Used Sky Blue DJI Mavic Spark with controller, carrying case, 3 batteries, charger and propeller guards. She's used it only a few times and its in excellent condition! 

1 Supporter
None available