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Johns Hopkins alum helps bring drone light show to Brilliant Baltimore

November 1, 2019

Visitors to Baltimore’s Inner Harbor this weekend will be treated to a colorful aerial art show performed by a fleet of drones as part of the Brilliant Baltimore festival.

The drone light show will involve as many as 60 unmanned aerial vehicles flying in automated and synchronized formations with colored lights. They’ll create several Baltimore-themed mid-air pantomimes, including a massive illustration of a sailing boat, symbolizing the city’s historical ties to the shipping industry.

“We do work all over the world, but Baltimore is a very special area for us,” says Victor Ekanem, the director of engineering for the Global Air Drone Academy, part of Global Air Media, which is putting on the show. “Because of that, we look for ways to broaden our scope and get the message of what we do to more people there.”

Ekanem, who received his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Johns Hopkins in 2012, got involved with Global Air Media after meeting the company’s co-founder, Eno Umoh, during a service trip to Nigeria and seeing how the drone workshops and STEM instruction enriched the lives of young people. Ekanem approached Umoh to learn more about getting involved with using drone technology to inspire and enlighten others.

“My interest has always been about impact and being on the leading edge of technology and discovering how we use that to inspire others,” Ekanem says.

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The Drone Light Show will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 1 and 2 at Pier 5 in the Inner Harbor. Global Air Media’s Neighborhood Lights series will pop up at Enoch Pratt Free Library locations around the city Nov. 1-9. Johns Hopkins University is a Brilliant Baltimore sponsor.

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