Drone User Group Network Fundraising Campaign

The Drone User Group Network or “DUG” was founded over 4 years ago. Since that time, our network has grown in ways we could not have imagined. Our members are diverse and varied in both demographic and approach to their use of drones and related technologies. We are proud to be the first organization formed to benefit and advocate for civilian drone use and continue to do so. We exist to support and speak on behalf of the interests and needs of our diverse network and have succeeded by maintaining our integrity and transparency in our endeavors.
Nationally we have run events and programming to highlight positive drone uses in many different areas of industry and education. We have been recognized by leadership in government, science organizations, and federal and local legislators for our work in providing drone-based programming in ways that have opened doors and minds.
UAS technology has never been more widely accessible to the public. With this meteoric growth of adoption come challenges to our very limited resources. Money, time, bandwidth, all kinds of commodities are stretched and after much thought, consideration, and consultation, we have decided to seek funding for our growing organization in the form of donations.
We need to continue to be present to push back against unreasonable legislation on both regional and national levels and to represent the value that drones provide our society.
We intend to work side by side with parallel organizations like the AMA, EAA, AOPA, and others to provide the voice and representation of all Drone/UAS users best interests.
Our immediate goals are to establish The DUG Network as an official Community Based Organization or CBO not-for-profit entity with dues paying membership throughout the US. We will form an executive board and take on an advisory committee as we progress through this process. We would then seek to hire several part-time employees to assist with managerial, financial, and marketing duties with the goal being to establish full time positions within The DUG as it becomes fiscally responsible to do so.
This is where you come in.
We need to raise US$3000.00 in order to file our business entity and establish commercial banking with a minimum balance requirement. I’ve set up a paypal acct solely for this purpose and hope you will donate to The DUG Network.
Please click the link to donate:
No amount is too small.
Thank you for support now and in the future.
Steven Cohen, President
Chris Vo, Vice President
The Drone User Group Network – DUG


Aries Drone and Nat Geo’s George Steinmetz Part II

Thought I’d share some of the instagram posts that George has been posting about our collaboration with Aries and Adorama. What a great experience to work with him – very inspiring in his process and how he works. Unflinching in both thrill seeking and expectation of quality.

NYCDUG – New York City Drone User Group

I’ve been leading the NYC chapter for just over a year and in that time our member rolls have more than doubled. I take some credit but a large portion of that growth is really due to the rising tide in the nascent industry/hobby and the work of people like Timothy Reuter, the founder of DUGN – Drone User Group Network.

My involvement with the group affords me a lot opportunities and I’m grateful to all our members, both locally in NYC and globally, for representing and participating sensibly and intelligently in the discourse.

I encourage all to explore DUGN.org to see what the worldwide organization is up to and the NYC Region’s meetup.com page to find out about local happenings like moderated discussion panels, building and flying events, and other social functions.

Bergen Community College Construction

One the projects that our STEM students are at work on is documentation of the construction of a new Medical Arts building on campus. Using several UAS based methods, we’re able to provide the administration with weekly visual data of the construction”s progress by flying one of our quadcopters on the same autonomous GPS waypointed route around the site. The footage will be edited after completion to provide a timelapse video in motion of the building’s completion.

Students will also fly another of our fleet using structure from motion tools to provide 3D visualizations.

Lastly, we have installed a stationary timelapse camera on a rooftop to provide a single position recording of the work. That camera was hacked with an intervalometer script and is currently being outfitted with a microprocessor to autonomously upload the captured files to a cloud server.