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MAY 29, 2019

FARGO, ND

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300+ Attendees

600+ Attendees

30+ Speakers

Attendees from 29 States

Attendees from 29 States

Attendees from 8 Countries

Attendees from 8 Countries

Attendees from 290 Companies

Attendees from 200+ Companies

WELCOME TO THE FUTURE

Autonomous systems are no longer a thing of the past but rather, the future is now. At Drone Focus we believe in the potential of Unmanned Systems and the opportunities the industry creates for entrepreneurs and established businesses alike. In 2019, Drone Focus will build upon its foundation in the UAS space and expand to explore what it takes to build the infrastructure, software, systems, and resources for an autonomous nation. 

WHAT TO EXPECT AT DRONE FOCUS CONFERENCE?

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WHAT IS DRONE FOCUS?

Drone Focus offers a full day of content exploring the unmanned systems industry with experts, enthusiasts, and industry leaders. Learn from main stage content, interactive workshops, focused lunches, and more. Plus, a key feature of Drone Focus is the networking and connection opportunities.

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FOCUSED LUNCHES

At Drone Focus, we make it a point to connect you with others that share your passion. Find your fellow enthusiasts at one of our focused lunches designed to bring together attendees for a discussion over lunch.

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INDUSTRY BOOTHS

Even though Drone Focus doesn't have an expo hall, we work closely with our industry booths to make them engaging for our attendees. Get some up close and personal time with our industry partners during the breaks right in the hall of the main event. 

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DRONE FOCUS FEST

What’s the point of a drone conference without getting some live drone action? Think drone races, autonomous vehicle, and tractor shows and new consumer product launches.

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DRONE FOCUS FILM FESTIVAL

With submissions from all over the world, prepare to be transported to a variety of destinations, packed full of incredible shots all filmed from drones. 

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INTERACTIVE WORKSHOPS

We require all our workshop presenters to incorporate interactive elements in their presentations. Enjoy lively Q&A, demos, roundtables, and more in our interactive workshops. 

SPEAKER LINEUP DRONE FOCUS CONFERENCE 2019

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David Short

David Short

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David E. Short was appointed to serve as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Transportation for Aviation and International Affairs effective in July 2018. In this role, he has responsibility for implementing economic and competition policy as it affects the aviation and international transportation sectors. He serves as the Designated Federal Official responsible for the National Advisory Committee on Travel and Tourism Infrastructure, and the Department’s Advisory Committee on Human Trafficking. Before joining the Administration, Mr. Short served as Senior Counsel, Trade & International Affairs, for FedEx Express, based in Washington, D.C. His responsibilities there focused on building and enhancing the company’s relationships with the governments of the more than 220 countries and territories around the world served by FedEx, as well as various legal and regulatory matters affecting the company’s fleet of close to 700 aircraft. During his career with FedEx, Mr. Short was appointed to serve on the U.S. – Iraq Business Dialogue, and on the U.S. Delegation to the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) which produced the new “Rotterdam Rules” maritime liability treaty. While at FedEx, Mr. Short served as Chairman of the U.S. – Colombia Business Partnership, and on the Boards of the Executive Council on Diplomacy and the Business Council for International Understanding. Prior to FedEx, Mr. Short served as Director of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Legal Department in Geneva, Switzerland, and before joining IATA, he practiced aviation law in the Washington Office of a Wall Street law firm. Mr. Short is a summa cum laude graduate of Cornell University, and received his law degree from the University of Southern California, where he served as an Editor of the Law Review. He is a Member of the District of Columbia Bar.

Karen DiMeo

Karen DiMeo

Topic: Urban Air Mobility

Prior to joining AiRXOS, Karen was the Senior Technical UAS Advisor at the FAA’s Office of the Deputy Administrator where she provided technical expertise to support the oversight of strategic plans for the agency’s enterprise-level UAS initiatives, integration progress, and scientific and research activities. She also served as a leading expert in UAS research at the FAA. For the last 12 years, Karen has focused her professional passion solely on the advancement of unmanned systems.

Shawn Bullard

Shawn Bullard

Topic: Urban Air Mobility

Shawn Bullard is a Capitol Hill-based strategist, registered lobbyist and highly sought-after unmanned systems thought leader. His specialty is drafting federal policy around emerging technologies that are extremely disruptive. Over a career span of three decades, he has served as vice president of government relations for one of the oldest PR firms in the nation, and as a senior congressional staffer to a long-serving member of the House Armed Services Committee and Transportation Committee. Throughout his career he has had the pleasure to collaborate with some of the most recognizable brands and CEOs on the planet. He has served on multiple boards, including the Royal Aeronautical Society Board (DC Branch), the National Press Club’s Board of Governors, as SkySpecs’ advisory board chairman and as an advisor to the dean on the Schar School of Policy and Government’s national alumni board. He also has delivered a SXSW talk in Austin on the emerging drown revolution, is the producer and co-host of Inside Unmanned Systems’ Drone Beat and earned a Masters degree from the Schar School of Policy and Government.

Tony Fernando

Tony Fernando

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Tony Fernando joined the Aviation Safety and Enforcement section of the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT)’s Office of Aeronautics as the UAS Program Administrator in June of 2018. He previously developed the UAS program for the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission where he was an Assistant District Biologist. He has worked as a commercial pilot in Alaska and conducted fisheries management research in both the United States and Canada.

Kevin Switick

Kevin Switick

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Kevin Switick, president of AVIAN, is a former U.S. Naval Test Pilot School instructor. A 20-year Navy veteran, he was a test pilot and attack helicopter pilot. From 1999 to 2002, he was assigned to the Navy’s Warfare Concepts Development Department as the UAS Concept Development Lead working on a tiered unmanned air vehicle (UAV) warfighting concept that was previously studied by the U.S. Navy’s Strategic Studies Group (SSG). This concept was analyzed during the 2001 Global Wargame and the 2002 Fleet Battle Experiment, and lead to the development of the current Navy and Marine Corps unmanned systems of today.

Brian Wynne

Brian Wynne

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Brian Wynne is president and CEO of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), the world’s largest nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of unmanned systems and robotics. AUVSI represents corporations and professionals from more than 60 countries involved in business and government and who work in the defense, civil, and commercial markets. Wynne is an influential unmanned systems industry thought leader. In 2017, he was appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Transportation to a three-year term on the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Management Advisory Council (MAC), which provides counsel to the FAA on policy and regulatory matters, as well as the agency’s management and spending. He is also a member of the Drone Advisory Committee (DAC), a federal advisory committee of key decision makers formed by the FAA to support the safe introduction of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) into the nation’s airspace.

Senator John Hoeven

Senator John Hoeven

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John Hoeven currently serves as North Dakota’s 22nd U.S. Senator following ten years of service as the state’s governor. Since his time as governor, Hoeven has worked to establish North Dakota as a hub of unmanned aerial systems research, development and training. Hoeven helped kick start this industry in the state by establishing the Center of Excellence for UAS Research, Education and Training at the University of North Dakota, the first program of its kind in the nation. At the same time, he worked with the Air Force to secure UAS missions for North Dakota. Now, as a member of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, Hoeven works to expand UAS operations in the Red River Valley. The senator: authored legislation to establish the six national UAS test sites; funded the creation of the FAA UAS Center of Excellence, co-led by UND; secured a lease with the Air Force to establish Grand Sky Technology Park; recruited Grand Sky’s first tenants; and secured a first-in-the-nation authorization for the Northern Plains Test Site to conduct beyond line of sight UAS operations. Senator Hoeven and his wife Mikey reside in Bismarck. They have two children and five grandchildren, with a sixth on the way.

Nicholas Flom

Nicholas Flom

Topic: Enabling Commercial Operations

Nicholas Flom is the Executive Director for the Northern Plains Unmanned Aircraft Systems Test Site, one of seven sites designated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to conduct critical research into the certification and operational requirements necessary to safely integrate UAS into the national airspace system. Nicholas has over 15 years in the aviation industry and was previously the Director of Safety of the Test Site.  Representing the Test Site, Nicholas actively participates in RTCA Special Committee 228, Working Group 1 that is developing the minimum operational performance standards for detect and avoid. As an industry subject matter expert, Nicholas is also a member of ASTM and is a voting member of Committee F38 on Unmanned Aircraft Systems. Nicholas also represents the Test Site on the FAA’s Unmanned Aircraft Safety Team. Nicholas holds an Airline Transport Pilot certificate for single and multi-engine land with over 4,000 flight hours

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Drone Focus Conference 2019

May 29, 2019

WELCOME TO THE FUTURE

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Drone Focus Conference explores the latest developments in the unmanned systems industry, and serves as a platform to connect industry professionals, researchers, founders, developers city and government officials and others.

In 2019, the conference will dive deeper into what it takes to build an autonomous nation, and examine some of the core components of the unmanned systems industry including infrastructure, software, policy and others.

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