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

Counter Drone Measures and Remote Identification for Unmanned Aircraft

Drones for Infrastructure Inspections

Drone Data Management and Security

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

First Responders: Innovative Drone Use for 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


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 Auerbach Senior Vice President Albright Stonebridge Group
Juan Bergelund General Manager UAV del Peru
Jim Bugwadia CEO Nirmata
Michael Chambliss Technologist International Cinematographers Guild/IATSE Local 600
John "JC" Coffey Executive Director, Unmanned Systems Cherokee Nation Technologies
Tayler Engel UAS Lead Operator University of Vermont
Jonathan  Evans CEO/President Skyward/Global UTM Association
Jerome Ferguson Director of Autonomous Systems UPS
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)
Richard Hanson President Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA)
Todd Jacobs Project Scientist, UAS Program National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Varun Jain Senior Investment Manager Qualcomm Ventures
Jesse Kallman President Airbus Commercial UAS
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
Mickey Osterreicher General Counsel National Press Photographers Association (NPPA)
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 District
Todd Schlekeway Executive Director National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE)
Vivian Shen Innovation Architect Cisco Cloud Platform & Services Group
Adi Singh Senior Scientist, UAV Systems Ford Motor Company
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
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/Co-Executive Director Hogan Lovells/Commercial Drone Alliance
Jinger Zheng CEO

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


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.)