Join DroneCamp 2024 and learn how to use drones for mapping and field data collection

CITRIS and the Banatao Institute’s CIDER Program invites you to join them at the 2024 DroneCamp, a collaborative five-day training program that covers everything you need to know to use drones for mapping and field data collection. No experience is necessary to join the program. This year, DroneCamp takes place at CSU Monterey Bay on June 24-28, and participation via Zoom is also possible on the event days. Please view the agenda to see all program sessions.

Now in its eighth year, DroneCamp 2024 will once again provide a unique drone training opportunity designed for a wide range of skill levels and interests, from complete beginners with little to no experience in drone technology to intermediate users who want to learn more advanced data processing and analysis. Instructors from the University of California and California State University systems will provide workshops and hands-on training. Please visit the DroneCamp website to learn more.

A new addition to this year’s program is an educator track that includes sessions introducing teachers to topics and methods for developing a drone program in educational settings. The educator track introduces participants to the value and applications of drones in education and discusses drone technology, safety culture, and remote-pilot code of conduct. Participants get to explore ways to integrate drone technology into the curriculum effectively.

We are excited to be once again offering this year’s program in a hybrid format where an in-person audience will be simultaneously viewing the presentations and workshops with a virtual live broadcast via Zoom for those who can’t attend in person. Virtual participants will have live access to all the classroom presentations during DroneCamp and pre-camp one-on-one sessions with instructors.

In-person participants have live access to all the classroom presentations and will also benefit from the flight workshops, where they will have the opportunity to:

  • Fly a variety of drone platforms
  • Directly engage with instructors and other participants
  • Expand their networks
  • Gain access to all the software used throughout the week
  • Explore the iconic Monterey Bay Area

Light refreshments, daily lunch, and the Monday evening dinner social are also included. Dinners will be the participant’s responsibility. You will also be responsible for making your own lodging arrangements as housing is not available through campus this year.

Early-bird registration for DroneCamp is now open. Fees increase on May 1, 2024.

  • Early-bird general admission rate (non-academic, in-person): $1000
  • Earl-bird academic rate (in-person): $600
  • Early-bird virtual rate: $100
The DroneCamp Scholarship Program also helps financially support students, nonprofits, and others who want to participate in DroneCamp. This year, funds are available for students at UC Santa Cruz and CSU Monterey Bay, employees of UC ANR, and US Native Tribal members/affiliates. Others are welcome to apply, but funds are limited. Complete an application form by 5 PM on Thursday, May 23, to apply for a scholarship.