Conference Overview

Drone World Expo - The Thought Leadership Event

The DWE conference program will provide a road map for the application and deployment of drone solutions and key insights for participants into how to measure and maximize on the value drones can add to commercial businesses.


The State of UTM: Policy and Air Traffic Management Updates from Around the Globe
Industry Standards for Newsgathering
How Networked Sensors are Changing Agriculture:  A Vineyard Case Study 
The Value Proposition for Drones and Utilities
Drones and Law Enforcement: What's Now and What's Next?
Drones for Good: Humanitarian Applications for UAS
Drones and Construction
Remote Identification and Counter Drone Measures for Unmanned Aircraft
Inspection by Drone
Supply Chain and Inventory - Indoor Applications for Drones
And the Winners Are… Award-Winning Innovations from the 2017 IDEA Competition
Weighing the Risks: Drones for Environmental Assessment
International Use Cases: Unique Applications for Drones Overseas
Getting the Big Picture: Mapping for Traffic, Crime Scenes, Fires and Search and Rescue Operations
Drones for Energy/Oil & Gas Applications
Where Science Meets Technology: Maritime and Coastal Applications for Drones
Innovative Drone Use for Public Safety and Emergency Response
Follow the Money: Exploring the Drone Investment Climate
Who's Calling the Shots?  Making Sense of Federal, State and Local Drone Laws
Drones in the Insurance Industry
The Role of IoT, Software & Platforms in the Commercial Drone Ecosystem
Aerial Artistry: Exceptional Film and Television by Drone
Security & Surveillance by Drone
Profit And Safety -- Fast Friends Or Bitter Enemies?
Game Changer: How UAS is Transforming Communications Infrastructure Industries



Dr. Beverly Adams Head of CPR (Catastrophe Planning & Response) Guy Carpenter, a Marsh & McLennan Company
Ashleigh Allam Drone Team Whale Wars/Red Apple Productions
Michael Angelo CEO Spark Aerial
Radley Auerbach Senior Vice President Albright Stonebridge Group
Juan Bergelund General Manager UAV del Peru
Ashley Carroll Partner Social Capital
Michael Chambliss Technologist International Cinematographers Guild/IATSE Local 600
Eric Cheng Head of Immersive Media Facebook
John "JC" Coffey Executive Director, Unmanned Systems Cherokee Nation Technologies
Romeo Durscher Director of Education DJI
Lisa Ellman Global UAS Practice Chair, Hogal Lovells Co-Executive Director, Commercial Drone Alliance
Tayler Engel UAS Lead Operator University of Vermont
Jonathan  Evans CEO/President Skyward/Global UTM Association
Jerome Ferguson Director of Autonomous Systems UPS
Amanda Ferraro Flight Operations Captain G450/Training Officer American Family Insurance
Matt Fladeland Airborne Science Manager, Earth Science Division NASA Ames Research Center 
Biren Gandhi Distinguished Strategist, Corporate Strategy Office Cisco
Gavin Garrison Film Producer/Shooter Whale Wars/Red Apple Productions
Marke "Hoot"  Gibson Senior Advisor, UAS Integration Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
D. Ken Giles Professor, Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering UC Davis
Richard Hanson President Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA)
Jason Heywood Director of Business Development DroneView Technologies
Todd Jacobs Project Scientist, UAS Program National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Varun Jain Senior Investment Manager Qualcomm Ventures
Jesse Kallman President Airbus Aerial
Parimal "PK" Kopardekar Senior Technologist for Air Transportation System, and Principal Investigator, Unmanned Aerial Systems Traffic Management (UTM) NASA
Andrew Krawczel Aviation Services Manager San Diego Gas & Electric
Tom Madigan Commander Alameda County Sheriff's Department
Philip McGillivary Science Liaison US Coast Guard
Chris Moccia EVP Telecommunications Measure
Jessie Mooberry Technologist The Peace Innovation Lab at Stanford
Mickey Osterreicher General Counsel National Press Photographers Association (NPPA)
Art Pregler UAS Program Director AT&T
Brian Raber Vice President Merrick Company
Don Roby Training Program Manager Airborne Law Enforcement Association (ALEA)
Jeff Rose Chief UAS Pilot Sinclair Broadcast Group
Michael Sanderson CEO/Director of Photography/Director Ateles Films/BBC's Planet Earth II/NatGeo Wild
Chief Harold Schapelhouman Fire Chief Menlo Park Fire Protection District
Todd Schlekeway Executive Director National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE)
Adi Singh Senior Scientist, UAV Systems Ford Motor Company
Matthew Slawson UAS Team/Patrol Division Torrance Police Department
Dennis Sliva Sergeant Ventura County Sheriff's Office
Chidambaram Somu Virtual Construction Manager DPR Construction
Maria Stefanopoulos Production Manager ABC News/Good Morning America
Kenji Sugahara CEO Ariascend
Kathleen "Kat" Swain Senior Director, UAS Programs  AOPA - Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association
Kristina Tomesetti Strategic Innovation Director USAA
Mike Tully President & CEO Aerial Services, Inc.
Hector Ubinas UAS Program Lead/Aviation Safety Advisor San Diego Gas & Electric
John Valencia Executive Director City of San Diego Office of Homeland Security
Tiffany Vinson Homeland Security Coordinator City of San Diego Office of Homeland Security
Gretchen West Senior Advisor, Hogan Lovells Co-Executive Director, Commercial Drone Alliance
Joshua Ziering Founder

*Sessions and speakers are subject to change.  Check back here for the most up-to-date conference information.



MAPPS Geospatial Sessions -

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When Part 107 rules were put into effect in 2016, this ushered in the first-ever commercial use of UAS in the United States. The number and nature of applications to which professionals and enthusiasts have discovered and applied these technologies has been nothing short of astounding. And the growth rate and pace of innovation is still increasing. As with most new technological bursts of innovation, much is lost and gained when practitioners don't understand the rules, technology, limitations, or business models. The MAPPS session will present a series of discussions from geospatial firms that have been deploying UAS for mapping purposes throughout the country, and in the global market, and will present the good, the bad, and the ugly of real applications of drones for remote sensing and mapping applications. 


Debuting at Drone World Expo 2017:

sUAS for Inspections, presented by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Worldwide 
(Monday, October 2, 2017, 9am – 5pm PST)

This in-depth workshop will introduce and familiarize students with inspections utilizing sUAS. Critical to an efficient flight operation and data collection is understanding sUAS regulations, the need for aviation safety, pre- and post-flight planning, maintenance, and communications.  These factors are essential to planning and conducting safe inspection operations and developing mission profiles for an organization.  Organizations integrating sUAS operations for inspection operations should understand the intricacies of these factors as they prepare, integrate or evolve with an sUAS plan.  All those who complete the workshop will receive CEUs from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.  Includes lunch and refreshments on the workshop day.  More information...


Sensors and Analytics for Precision Agriculture, presented by MicaSense
(Monday, October 2, 2017, 1pm – 4pm PST)


The 2017 program is still in development.  Check back here for the most up-to-date event information.

Qualified end users may attend the DWE conference free of charge!  Find more information and register HERE.  (Complimentary passes are limited and available on a first-come, first served basis.  Email us with any questions.)