To celebrate the first annual Flying Labs day on September 25th, Uganda Flying Labs hosted an open house for members of the community from different fields. University students, GIS experts, medical department, and journalists were in a position to be part of this celebration, raising the profile and visibility of Flying Labs in-country and around the world.
Uganda Flying Labs celebrated with a pre-show where photos were uploaded on Facebook to promote the event. This was an inward competition among Flying Labs as the best flying lab was to be announced at the end of the day (congratulations, Panama Flying Labs!).
The open house attracted a diverse crowd, with some people interested in seeing what a drone looks like, the different parts, and how it can fly with no pilot on board. We had a brief video presentation showing what drones can do (mapping, surveillance, disaster response, and cargo delivery, especially in the health department with the delivery of drugs, diagnostic samples, and blood). This opened up room for questions from the participants. The Q&A session was the most vibrant and most engaging, sparking all kinds of questions. One of the drone pilots talked about their experiences while flying and why they were invested in robotics technology.
Participants interacted among themselves and with the other pilots to get more incites on this developing technology.