Harris Heritage Drone Hack

  • How will UAV’s shape the future of heritiage and cultural organisations?
  • How can UAV’s best support heritage professionals to …..?
  • Who will be designing and building the hardware and software for a range of UAV applications to transform the heritage sector?


………We hope it’ll be you…….

Drones (or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) are already trasnforming the heritage sector providinge a useful low-level aerial platform for recording historic buildings, monuments, archaeological sites and landscapes. They can carry a wide variety of sensors including cameras, multi/hyper-spectral imaging units, and even laser scanners. Drones can provide dramatic illustrative photographs of sites, but can also be used to create metrically accurate records for survey and conservation work. Combined with a range of the latest software applications  (Structure from Motion or SfM) they offer offer the possibility to use the imagery in new ways including the generation of 3D surface models for landscape and buildings.

We’re looking for the very brightest and best people to design, build and test drone applications that’ll inspire the heritage sector to use them even more widely than they are currently.

Harris Drone Heritage Hack is a 1 day hackathon where participants will be provided with all the materials they need to build a UAV that could be used in a heritage context.

Participants will also have access to our ‘Drone Drs’ – an in-house team of coders, engineers and UAV pilots – to help them realise their ideas. They’ll be able to use the latest 3D printers and rapid prototyping technology to make bespoke components for their Heritage Drone on the day.

They’ll be able to see if their ideas will fly in our specially prepared Flight Zone. And they’ll be able to compete for our prestigious ‘Golden Drone’ trophy, awarded by popular vote to the team building and flying the best Heritage Drone on the day!

Who is it for?

Places are limited – but our Heritage Dronehack is for anyone who wants to work with brilliant like minded people who are committed to coming up with great ideas and collaborating to build drone technologies and applications for the cultural and heritage sector..

What do I need to bring?

An open mind. A willingness to collaborate with people you may’ve not met before. A great sense of humour and any hardware or computer kit you think you’d find useful on the day. Sonic screwdrivers would be cheating!

What skills do I need?

We’re interested in connecting people with great ideas for heritage UAV projects with people who have the technical and creative skills to deliver them….So,

  • if you’re a great coder who can programme an Arduino or a Raspberry Pi and understand embedded C and/or C++, and if you’re happy to work with great people who’ve never even heard of any of that stuff – this is definitely for you!
  • If you’re into mechanical design with a good grasp of Solidworks get signed up.
  • Maybe you can fly a UAV or have some experience of programming navigation firmware. You’re welcome.
  • Even if you’re just handy with a soldering iron or know how to connect wiring looms up you’d be a really invaluable part of any team on the day.   
  • And if you’ve none of these technical skills but have great ideas about how cultural and heritages organisations use Drones to – you’d be perfect!

Draft Itinerary

8:30 9:00 Doors Open & Breakfast
9:00 9:30 Event Kick-Off
9:30 9:40 Team Formation
9:40 10:00 Brainstorming
10:00 12:30 Hacking
12:30 13:30 Lunch & Drone Flight Sim
13:30 14:30 Hacking
14:30 15:00 Flight Tests (if ready)
15:00 17:00 Hacking
17:00 17:30 Finishing Touches & Presentation Prep
17:30 18:00 Presentation Flights & Judging