Help PLU shape the conversation about drone technology and innovation!

This crowdfunding project is no longer active, but if you would still like to support Life Under Drones, you can do so here (select Other from the designations menu and make a note in the comments field below).

The Life Under Drones Creative and Scholarly Research Symposium is a unique gathering of leaders in scholarly, military, artistic, and technology industries to think critically about the influence of drone technology on contemporary life. We are raising money for the following purposes:

  • Bringing prominent speakers, scholars, industry leaders, artists, and technicians to campus: $15,000 will go towards transportation, lodging, and honoraria to specific symposium participants.
  • Providing meals and refreshments to symposium participants and attendees: $3,000 will go toward catering and dining services costs.
  • Symposium marketing and promotion: $1,000 will go towards spreading the word in the PLU, Tacoma, and Puget Sound communities about attending the symposium.
  • Facilities, equipment, and other fees/licenses: $1,000 will fully optimize our use of PLU facilities and ensure the technics of the symposium run smoothly.

Help shape the conversation about how drone technology may, in fact, shape our society.

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Breakfast for a scholar, artist, or industry leader

We are inviting participants from all over the country to take part in the symposium. A gift of $10 will ensure one of our symposium presenters are well-fed, bright-eyed, and ready to partake in important conversations about drone technology.

Lunch for two scholars, artists, or industry leaders

We want our symposium participants to be nourished and supported as they share their work with the PLU community and beyond. $25 will go toward providing lunch in The Commons for our presenters.

Help transport symposium presenters to/from their hotel

With so many guests flying in from out of town, your $50 gift will ensure smooth transit between the hotel and the PLU campus.

Art Installation Equipment

We have a number of digital and traditional artists who will be installing their work in PLU's University Gallery. A $75 gift will help ensure our visiting artists can hang art, secure digital equipment, route power, create beautiful signage, and support the technological needs of the artworks.

One night of lodging for a visiting scholar, artist, or industry leader

We are expecting guests from across the country; $150 will help us cover the lodging costs for symposium presenters.

Fly in a scholar, artist, or industry leader

We will be covering the transportation costs of all symposium presenters; a $500 gift will pay for a guest's air travel costs.

Sponsor an out-of-town symposium presenter

$1,000 will cover airfare and a 2-night stay in a hotel for one prominent leader in the academic, technological, commercial, artistic, media, policy, and military industries. Help make this conversation as well-represented as possible.

Thank You for Your Gift

Our success relies on the generosity of our community. A gift today will have a lasting impact, and we are so grateful for it.

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About The Campaign

We believe PLU students should take part in discourse surrounding drones

We believe that emerging technologies such as drones pose potentially radical changes to society. The ability to see, transport, surveil, and even kill remotely extend human abilities in ways we've never seen before. These new abilities come with both exciting new opportunities for human activity as well as potential hazards and risks. Either way, we believe that any innovation that poses radical change requires serious, critical discussion and understanding of how our world may be impacted.

The inaugural symposium will take place at PLU in Tacoma, Washington, September 18-19, 2019. The symposium will take an expansive approach to research into drone technology and its implications. 

Potential topics may include but are by no means limited to: 2.1

What your contribution can do

We anticipate the following types of programming to be featured in the symposium: 

Included among these sessions, we hope to feature PLU faculty and student work.


Who we are

Our team is made up of of PLU faculty, staff, and students who are working hard to implement a successful campaign that will bring discourse, technology, and innovation to PLU's campus.



Our student team consists of Communication students who emphasize in Strategic Communication, Film and Media Studies, and Civic Engagement.  These students plan events and promotions, create advertising materials, communicate with guests, and help with the programming and schedule. 


●  We are considering the possibility of making this symposium the first in a series of SOAC-sponsored creative/scholarly research symposia

●  Symposium planners plan to follow up with an article or edited
volume/special issue on the symposium.

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Jessy Ohl 2.1
Alexandra Schrader 2.1
Julia Grosvenor 2.1
Vernadette Lapena 2.1
Guy McHendry
Alex Williams 2.1
Helen Chung 2.1
Marnie Ritchie 2.1
Hallie Harper 2.1
Tate Adams 2.1
Kate Hoyt 2.1
Hanna McCauley