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[Toronto, ON, Canada] Drone Fair Ontario, Nov 26-27, 2016

On Nov 26 & 27, 2016, Drone Fair will be coming to the University of Ontario Institute of Technology in Toronto!

DRONE FAIR will bring together vendors, innovators, professional pilots and enthusiasts for an event that will entice, educate and elevate drone technology.​
The purpose of the fair is to educate the growing market of recreational and commercial drone operators while celebrating the various local and international industries who have incorporated this technology into their current practices.

Check out the promo video and visit www.dronefair.ca for more information or to buy tickets! 

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Schedule of Events

DAY 1 - Saturday, November 26

10:00 am: Doors open

11:15 am: Know Before You Fly 
                 Mark Wuenneberg, Transport Canada
11:45 am: Safety and Reliability: Testing of Drones
                 Don Toporowski, UOIT
12:10 pm: The Sport of the Future + 21st Century STEM Education
                 Dahlton Grover, PCS Edventures
1:00 pm: FPV Drone Racing Presentation (Pre-trials) 
               GTA North FPV Events
2:15 pm: Safety and Training of UAV/Drone Operations 
               Yifei Zhao, Altex / Humber College 
2:40 pm: Conservation and Improving our Communities Using Drones
               Princess Aliyah Pandolfi, Kashmir World Foundation
3:05 pm: Robots and Drones that Learn to Empower Us 
               Prof. Dr. Angela Schoellig, UTIAS
4:05 pm: Drone-Off Student Challenge (Flying Competition)

6:00 pm: Day 1 closes

DAY 2 - Sunday, November 27th

10:00 am: Doors open

11:15 am: Know Before You Fly
                 Mark Wuenneberg, Transport Canada

11:45 am: Advancing Beyond Line of Sight 
                 Mark Aruja, Unmanned Systems Canada

12:10 pm: Becoming a UAV Operator
                 Brett Danks, Waterloo Wellington Flight Centre

1:00 pm: FPV Drone Racing Presentation (Finals) 
               GTA North FPV Events

2:15 pm: Intelligent Drone Fleets and Autonomus Remote Sensing 
               Murry Wu, Reforges

2:40 pm: Advanced Drone Controls and Autonomous Technology
               John Kost, Technology Entrepreneur

3:05 pm: TBA

4:05 pm: Flying Area TBD

6:00 pm: Event closes

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Students DRONE-OFF at Drone Fair Ontario

Oshawa, ON - In promoting its mandate of education, Drone Fair Ontario will feature its Drone-Off student challenge. Teams from Ryerson University, University of Toronto, Humber College, and the University of Ontario Institute of Technology will go head to head in a competition of drone design, building, and flight. The winner takes home a $2,500 prize. 

Starting at 9:00am on Saturday, November 26th, the four teams will enter the build area in the UOIT Campus Recreation and Wellness Centre where they will be given a drone kit and instructions about the flying challenges held in front of an audience later that day.

"We wanted this competition to interfere as little as possible with our students current studies. So we've designed this Drone-Off to include skills that these students have already touched on within their current technology related disciplines. To add a little suspense and to engage the students in some on the spot problem solving and teamwork, we won't release the exact flying challenges until the day" says organizer, Steve Watts. "However, we have emphasized the necessity for a good pilot!"

The Drone Off also involves a 3D printing aspect. Two key components of the drone will need to be designed and printed by the students. All teams will have access to Autodesk Inventor, which makes it possible to design 3D static objects, simply and effectively. Local Oshawa 3D printing company Cimetrix will be aiding in all the printing.

If any of the teams run in to trouble, Drone Off Instructor Ronald Meza from Coastline Robotics will be on hand to steer the teams in the right direction. 

The student teams will be building and testing throughout the day in an area closed off to public access. However, everyone is invited to watch their finished drones in action during the flying portion of the challenge. This takes place at 4:05pm on Saturday, November 26in the UOIT main gymnasium of the Campus Recreation and Wellness Centre. 
For more information or to buy tickets go to www.dronefair.ca