Students (2023)



Registration for DroneCamp 2024 is now open!

June 24-June 28 | In-person at CSU Monterey Bay and Virtual via Zoom

The 8th annual DroneCamp 2024 is coming soon! We are excited to be 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

DroneCamp is a collaborative five-day training program that covers everything you need to know to use drones for mapping and field data collection. Now in its eighth year, Drone Camp 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. No experience is necessary! Visit the About page for more information.

Be sure to sign up for our email list to be notified with updates by clicking here. If you have any questions please contact [email protected]. We hope to see you there!

What to expect at DroneCamp
(it’s not just flying drones – watch the whole thing!)

In-person and virtual options available.

Welcome to DroneCamp 2024!

Registered participants, please watch your inbox for important emails from us in the weeks leading up the event.

These emails will include instructions on how to download and install all of the software applications that we will be using during DroneCamp’s practical hands-on sessions. If you are joining us in person, the computer labs on campus will have these pre-loaded, however you are still welcome to add them to your own laptop for personal use later on.

Click here to view the 2024 agenda.


DroneCamp is held on the campus of CSU Monterey Bay located at 3052 Divarty St, Seaside, CA 93955.  All activities are centered in and near the BIT (Business and Information Technology) Building (see map, bldg. #506).

COVID Protocol:

CSUMB has scaled back their COVID protocols. However, they remain a mask-friendly campus, meaning that anyone who chooses to wear a mask in most indoor spaces is welcome and encouraged to do so.

Review COVID Protocols for Attendees.

Drop-In Tech Support/Office Hours

In the event that you experience any technical difficulties with the above software applications or datasets, we have scheduled “drop-in” Tech Support / Office Hours available for all DroneCamp participants at the following times:

  • (Coming Soon)

The Zoom link and information for all of the above Tech Support / Office Hours will be provided via email prior to the event:

  • Zoom Link: TBD
  • Meeting ID: TBD
  • Passcode: TBD

Note – The office hours Zoom link will be different from the main DroneCamp Zoom links. Please refer to your confirmation email as the event gets closer for your individual links to join the main event.

Virtual vs. In-Person Participation

Virtual participants will have live access to all the lecture presentations during DroneCamp.

New this year, the hands-on computer sessions for virtual participants will be hosted prior to DroneCamp for more personalized assistance:

  • June 13th – Intro to Photogrammetry, Pix4D, and Open Drone Map
  • June 14th – Intro to GIS, ArcGIS Pro and QGIS

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
  • Attend drone demonstrations and an equipment showcase
  • Explore the iconic Monterey Bay Area

Light refreshments, lunch daily, and the evening social on Monday evening are also included.

Please note – this camp is not intended for high schoolers or youth. Anyone under the age of 18 should not register.


I had plenty of experience operating drones, but the data processing was extremely helpful in teaching me skills that I had been unable to previously find information about.

Great organization, very professional, friendly atmosphere. Interesting for any audience and good for any experience level. Will highly recommend to anyone.

I went from knowing nothing about drones to signing up for my part 107 exam and will be using drones to map wilderness areas for search and rescue operations.

DroneCamp 2019 was a great experience. I was impressed that such a large amount of information was presented in a very organized and coherent way. I appreciated that there was a sufficient number of presenters and staff that any questions could be quickly addressed. The expertise and level of preparation of the team were impressive.

As a researcher, I was already aware of the possible applications of drone-based photogrammetry, but Drone Camp gave me a more realistic idea of the cost of equipment and software required for high-accuracy results. I feel that I can speak knowledgeably about drones in writing a proposal, and include a reasonable budget.

Our agency is in the infancy stage of incorporating drones into our current work flow. There is a lot of interest in and around our office through stakeholders and our board of directors but it is an issue that should not be rushed. Drone Camp has been instrumental in introducing material & individuals that we can reach out to as we further refine the scope of how, when, and why drones will be a part of our current routine activities.

Drone Camp Partners