Sunday, January 29, 2017

TATTS Submits Entry to Governor's 2017 Business Plan Contest

A quick post to let all of our supporters know that we submitted an entry to the Wisconsin Governor's Business Plan Contest.  The mission of the contest is:
"to encourage entrepreneurs in the startup state of tech-based businesses in Wisconsin.  The context links up-and-coming entrepreneurs with a statewide network of community resources, expert advice, high-quality education, management talent and possible sources of capital."  
Phase 1 submittals are very limited in scope and word count.  We are sharing our submittal below in the spirit of openness and to solicit feedback from our supports. Wish us luck!
Product/Service Description
Drones provide stunning imagery & video. TATTS, Inc offers drone services with a unique twist; employing young adults on the autism spectrum. Unemployment among this group is estimated to be >70% . TATTS employs them to fly drones as a service & process the results into quality video & 3D data products. TATTS began in 2012 as a volunteer organization funded through crowdsourcing and has served nearly 50 young adults. TATTS has proven that those on the spectrum can maintain & pilot drones as well as process the data into quality end products.

Customer Definition
TATTS will initially focus on the business-to-consumer (B2C) market in southern Wisconsin with a particular emphasis on personal services (weddings and parties).  Secondary customers would be in the agriculture, construction, and insurance markets.  Drone enthusiasts have purchased consumer-grade drones only to realize that flying is difficult and requires safety procedures.  In addition, the data is large and difficult to manipulate.  With formal documented procedures and quality tools, TATTS resolves these issues.

Market Description, Size and Sales Strategy
The FAA released commercial use drone regulations in 2015 and they have been a catalyst to the market. Industry advocate AUVSI estimates the economic impact of the market to be $13B in the United States between 2015-2017 and an additional $82B through 2025. TATTS will sell direct to consumers via the web and wedding conferences and through a partner channel including DJs, public relations firms, social service agencies, engineering firms and insurance agents. Sales will emphasize our unique story, team skills, and product quality. 

Several commercial drone operators exist in Wisconsin but they tend to be highly specialized.  National providers exist as well but our core market focus typically can’t bear the cost to fly crews and equipment in.  Drone enthusiasts are also competitors but the market is already turning as they realize the full lifecycle is not easy. 

See our blog (here) for more information on TATTS, Inc.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Outdoor Flying Sessions

The 2016 TATTS outdoor flying season is in the books. TATTS team members took to the airfield and practiced their flying skills with the organization's DJI Phantom and GoPro camera. 

The initial outdoor flying venue was a private residence outside of New Glarus, WI.  We implemented our own version of Pokemon Aerial as we hunted for Pokemon hiding in the long grass and trees. 

The final outdoor flying day was held at Heartland Farm Sanctuary, just west of Madison. The Heartland Farm Sanctuary is about “People helping animals. Animals helping people.” Their mission is “to provide care for farm animals in need, nurture people through the human-animal bond, and foster respect and kindness toward animals and each other.”  The TATTS team got a tour of the Heartland Farm facilities where they met some interesting barn yard critters and learned a lot about what goes into caring for an eclectic group of animals.  We even got some good footage of the farm that we will provide to Heartland.
Unfortunately, we were thrown a curve ball via mother nature when torrential rains it. That couldn’t shake the group’s spirit though, as they were able to make the best of the situation on the final flying day of the 2016 TATTS season. 

The team has transitioned into film production mode. Go to our YouTube Channel here to see last year’s videos.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

2016 t-shirts are ready!

The first outing is this Saturday and the t-shirts are in.

The TATTS volunteer team is ready to get started as well.  We will be getting to know each other, "earning our wings" at the flight simulator, learning about what is inside of commercial drones, and flying our smaller drones in a gymnasium. 

Monday, May 16, 2016

2016 Registration Open

Registration for the 2016 flying season is now open.  Thanks to the Autism Society of South Central Wisconsin for their support again this year!  Space is limited so don't delay!

Registration can be found HERE.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

TATTS media coverage by AirVuz

Thanks for the great interview piece AirVuz! We appreciate your interest in telling the story of these great kids.  We had to laugh at a few of the pics you've used from our blog and YouTube channel as some of the kids look so young.  We've been doing this a while!

If anyone is interested in helping support us either via volunteering or financially, please reach out to us at takingautismtothesky @ gmail dot com.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

TATTS Interviewed by AirVuz

Several weeks ago TATTS was contacted by AirVuz regarding their interest in doing a story on TATTS.  As an organization that declares themselves the “The YouTube of drone footage” they were excited about what TATTS is doing and they wanted to help us spread the word.  

AirVuz is headquartered in the Twin Cities of Minnesota and the founder of TATTS - Paul Braun - happened to be the Twin Cities last week so the group got together for a quick interview.  Watch for their news piece coming soon!