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MAY 30 - MAY 31, 2018 | FARGO, ND

#DroneFocusCon18

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600+ Attendees

600+ Attendees

55+ Speakers

Attendees from 29 States

Attendees from 29 States

Attendees from 8 Countries

Attendees from 8 Countries

Attendees from 290 Companies

Attendees from 290 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 2018, Drone Focus will build upon our 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 two-days 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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STUDENT PITCHES

Students are invited to pitch their latest drone or unmanned systems idea for a chance to present on the main stage right in the middle of the conference.

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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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VENTURE CAPITAL PITCH

Entrepreneurs looking actively raise capital will pitch live in front of the entire conference for a chance to move their idea forward faster!

SPEAKER LINEUP DRONE FOCUS CONFERENCE 2018

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Matthew Rose

Matthew Rose

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Mr. Matthew K. Rose, also known as Matt, has been an Executive Chairman of Burlington Northern Santa Fe, LLC since March 2002. Mr. Rose served as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of BNSF Railway Company (formerly Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway Co., Burlington Northern Railroad Co.) from December 2000 to January 1, 2014. He served as the President of BNSF Railway Company until November 1, 2010. He served as Chief Executive Officer and President of Burlington Northern Santa Fe, LLC from December 2000 to January 2014 and since March 2002 respectively. He served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of American Airlines Group Inc. since December 2000. Mr. Rose served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corp., since December 2000 and served as its Chief Operating Officer from June 1999 to December 2000; Senior Vice President from August 1997 to June 1999 and Senior Vice President of Merchandise Business Unit from May 1996 to August 1997. Mr. Rose joined Burlington Northern Railroad in 1993 and served as its Senior Vice President of Merchandise Business Unit since May 1996. Prior to Burlington Northern, he served as Vice President of Transportation at Triple Crown Services, a Norfolk Southern Railroad subsidiary. He served various positions with Schneider National and International Utilities, a trucking conglomerate. Mr. Rose started his railroad career in 1981 with Missouri Pacific Railroad. He has been an Executive Chairman of BNSF Railway Company since January 1, 2014. He served as the Chairman of American Coalition For Clean Coal Electricity. He served as the Chairman and Director of Southwest Region at Boys & Girls Clubs Of America, Inc. Mr. Rose serves as Chairman of the Board at Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas since January 2018. He has been Vice Chairman of Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas since January 1, 2015 and has been its Independent Director since January 1, 2014. He has been an Independent Director of AT&T Inc. (alternate name AT&T Advertising & Publishing) since September 24, 2010 and Fluor Corporation (alternate name Cibolo Creek Infrastructure JV) since April 30, 2014. He serves as a Lead Director of AT&T Inc. He has been a Member of the Board of Managers at Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corp., since 2000. He serves as a Director for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. He serves as a Director of Burlington Northern & Santa Fe Railway Co. He serves as a Director of the Association of American Railroads and Center for Energy & Economic Development. He serves as a Director of BNSF Railway. He serves as a Trustee of Texas Christian University. Mr. Rose serves as a Director of American Airlines, Inc. since November 17, 2004. He served as a Director of Centex LLC (formerly, Centex Corp.) since July 2006. Mr. Rose served as a Director of American Airlines Group Inc. since November 17, 2004. He served as a Member of Board of Governors at Boys & Girls Clubs Of America, Inc. and BNSF Railway. Mr. Rose serves as a Member of the Texas Governor’s Business Council; a Member of Northwestern University Transportation Center’s Business Advisory Committee; a Member of Business Roundtable; a Member of The Business Council; a Member of the Board of National Association of Manufacturers and a Member of the Boy Scouts of America National Executive Board. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and minored in Logistics from the University of Missouri.

Jennifer Naaden

Jennifer Naaden

Topic: Drones Swarm Public Policy

Jennifer Naaden is the Government Relations Director for Duetto Group, a Washington, DC, based public policy shop that specializes in disruptive technologies. She is responsible for providing strategic counsel to unmanned robotics organizations, defense companies and high-tech start-ups. As Duetto Group’s lead Capitol Hill-based government relations strategist, she provides strategic counsel to nationally and internationally recognized UAS organizations, including the Northern Plains UAS Test Site. Having begun her career in the office of U.S. Senator John Hoeven, she provides clients valuable expertise in the workings of Capitol Hill and the Administration. Jennifer graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from North Dakota State University, and has a Master of Arts degree from the University of Notre Dame.

Adi Singh

Adi Singh

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Adi Singh is Ford’s global subject-matter expert on aerial robotics and UAV systems. At the company’s Research and Innovation Center in Palo Alto, he spearheads strategic innovations in drone technology that integrates UAVs in automotive systems. Adi established Ford’s research program on drones, and has been critical in formulating the company’s product development roadmap in this field.

As Ford’s primary representative to the Federal Aviation Administration, Adi has been instrumental in bringing the voice of the automotive industry to the aviation community on policy issues affecting commercial drones, vehicular integration and public safety. He was also a member of the FAA ARC on UAS Identification and Tracking, and sits on the Advisory Board of Commercial UAV Expo.

In his current role, Adi oversees the execution of Ford’s UAV portfolio and manages external partnerships for implementing and field testing the company’s prototypes.

Senator John Hoeven

Senator John Hoeven

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On January 5, 2011, John Hoeven was sworn in as North Dakota’s 22nd U.S. Senator, following ten years of service as the state’s governor.

Senator Hoeven’s priorities in the Senate include working to implement national policies similar to the ones driving North Dakota’s economic success. He is committed to creating a business climate that fosters job growth and robust economic activity. Equally important to the senator are measures to reduce the nation’s budget deficits and debt. He believes a commonsense approach that fosters free enterprise and empowers people to innovate and invest will strengthen our national economy and create jobs for our country in a sustainable, ongoing way.

As a senator, Hoeven has been leading efforts to develop a comprehensive national energy plan similar to North Dakota’s EmPower North Dakota, a comprehensive plan that encourages an all-of-the-above approach to development and includes both traditional and renewable resources. Hoeven believes such an approach will lead to jobs, economic growth and true energy security for America. The senator’s work includes serving as the leading advocate for approving the Keystone XL pipeline and advancing measures that will eliminate outdated and unnecessary regulations that are prolonging the approval process and discouraging investment and innovation.

In addition, as a member of both the Agriculture Committee and the conference committee that negotiated the 2014 final farm bill, Hoeven played a crucial role in crafting and passing a long term farm bill that provides the nation’s producers with the certainty they need to plan for the future, as well as new tools to manage risk with enhanced crop insurance. The senator continues to work to make sure the farm bill is implemented in a timely and effective way.

Prior to his election to the Senate, Senator Hoeven served as governor of North Dakota for a decade. Under his leadership, the state expanded and diversified its economy and gained thousands of new jobs. North Dakota’s wages and personal income today continue to grow faster than the national average, and in recent years the state has led the nation in export growth. North Dakota regularly balances its budget, has set aside more strong reserves for the future, cut taxes, and invested in priorities like education, law enforcement and infrastructure.

As governor, Hoeven also placed a strong focus on developing North Dakota’s vast energy resources. Beginning in 2002, he initiated EmPower ND, a comprehensive energy plan for the state that includes all energy resources as well as a conservation component. Today, North Dakota stands as an energy powerhouse and one of the largest energy producing and exporting states in the nation. Currently, North Dakota produces more than one million barrels of oil a day and ranks as the second largest oil-producing state in the country.

Senator Hoeven was born in Bismarck. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College in 1979 and a master’s degree in business administration from Northwestern University in 1981. He served as executive vice president of First Western Bank in Minot from 1986 to 1993, and served on many civic, community, and economic development groups. From 1993-2000, he served as president and CEO of the Bank of North Dakota, which grew from $900 million to $1.6 billion under his leadership.

Hoeven and his wife Mical (Mikey) live in Bismarck. They have two children, Marcela and Jack, and four grandsons, Crew, Jaxen, Nash and Kip.

Derek Kan

Derek Kan

Topic: Overview of Administration's Thoughts on UAS

Derek Kan is the Under Secretary of Transportation for Policy. In this role, he serves as a principal advisor to the Secretary and provides leadership in the development of policies for the Department, generating proposals and providing advice regarding legislative and regulatory initiatives across all modes of transportation. The Under Secretary coordinates the Department’s budget development and policy development functions. Mr. Kan also directs transportation policy development and works to ensure that the Nation’s transportation resources function as an integrated national system.By statute, the Under Secretary is third in the Department’s order of succession.

Prior to his appointment at the Department of Transportation, Mr. Kan served as the General Manager for Lyft in Southern California.He has also served on the Board of Directors of Amtrak since 2015, for which he was unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate.Previously, he was Director of Strategy at a startup in Silicon Valley and worked as a management consultant at Bain & Company. Earlier in his career, he was a policy advisor to Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and chief economist for the Senate Republican Policy Committee.

Before coming to Capitol Hill, Mr. Kan served as a Presidential Management Fellow at the White House Office of Management and Budget. Mr. Kan received a B.S. from the University of Southern California, an M.Sc. from the London School of Economics, and an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar. He and his wife have three children.

Jacquene Curlee

Jacquene Curlee

Topic: Youth and Unmanned Future

Jacquene Curlee, is a Drone Technology Instructor who is the CEO and founder of Kids Drone Zone (KDZ). Since 2015, she developed hands-on drone education curriculum for grades 3 through 12. As an instructor, Jacquene not only teaches young scholars howto build, code, and fly simple to complex drones, but also mission planning, data acquisition and data analytics and provides a platform for scholars to pursue drone technology careers. KDZ drone fleet consist of over 60 commercial and hobbyist drones. KDZ heavily invest in community outreach to educate youth about unmanned systems technology. Since August 2015, KDZ has exposed and provided hands on aviation experience to over 106,000 students.

Jacquene Curlee has facilitated Drone Technology Pavilions at the following: 2017 Presidential Inauguration STEM Summit in Washington, D.C., Women In Aviation International; National Conference at Disney World, Orlando; Atlanta Hartsfield Airport for Delta, Air Show’s, Maker Faire’s, Georgia Tech STEM Summit, and the FAA Southeast Headquarters to name a few. Jacquene has been featured in Drone Life Magazine, Women In Aviation International: Girls In Aviation Magazine, and spoke at University Of Georgia Drone Summit and the Ride conference on Drone Education.

Governor Doug Burgum

Governor Doug Burgum

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Doug Burgum took office as the 33rd governor of North Dakota on December 15, 2016.Doug brings a business leader’s approach to diversifying the economy, creating 21st century jobs, and revitalizing our main streets.

Burgum’s small-town upbringing and agricultural roots laid the foundation for his shared values of respect for the past, gratitude for the present and inspiration for the future.

Driven by a strong belief in North Dakota’s people and a powerful dream, he returned to his home state and helped lead Great Plains Software from a small startup company in 1983 into an award-winning tech firm that employed thousands of team members from more than 220 cities across North Dakota.

Burgum led Great Plains as CEO through its initial public offering in 1997 and acquisition by Microsoft Corp. in 2001. He remained at Microsoft as senior vice president through 2007, helping the company stake a leading position in the global business applications software industry.

In 2006, Burgum reaffirmed his passion for North Dakota by founding Kilbourne Group, a real estate development firm committed to creating smart, healthy cities through vibrant downtowns. The company’s substantial impact on revitalizing downtown Fargo inspired his Main Street Initiative.

In 2008, Burgum co-founded Arthur Ventures, a venture capital firm that invests in ambitious, mission-driven software companies. The success of those people and businesses guided by Burgum’s leadership and inspiration has created billions of dollars of shareholder wealth and thousands of jobs.

In 2009, then-Gov. John Hoeven awarded Burgum the Theodore Roosevelt Rough Rider Award, North Dakota’s highest citizen honor. The award recognized Burgum for his business leadership and numerous philanthropic efforts, including the Doug Burgum Family Fund, which focuses its charitable giving on youth and education.

Born August 1, 1956, Burgum grew up in Arthur, N.D. He has maintained his commitment and connection to his roots through family farm partnerships, by serving as a member for Arthur Companies, Inc., a diversified agribusiness company founded by his grandparents in 1906, and through a ranching partnership in the Badlands of western North Dakota.

Burgum graduated with a bachelor’s degree in university studies from North Dakota State University in 1978. He earned a master’s of business administration from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business in 1980.

He was elected governor on Nov. 8, 2016, in his first run for political office.

Burgum is married to Kathryn Helgaas Burgum and has two sons, Joe and Tom, and a daughter, Jesse.

Edgar G Waggoner

Edgar G Waggoner

Topic: NASA Flight Research in Support of Routine UAS Integration into the NAS

Dr. Waggoner is responsible for the overall planning, management and evaluation of the directorate’s efforts to conduct experimental flight research, and to test the most promising concepts and technologies from across the ARMD portfolio at an integrated system level. He supports the ARMD associate administrator in a broad range of mission directorate activities, including strategic and program planning, budget development, program review and evaluation, and external coordination.

Previously, Waggoner was director of the Integrated Systems Research Program. He was also was on assignment from NASA to the former Joint Planning and Development Office in Washington, DC, where he served as director of the Interagency Architecture and Engineering Division responsible for technical leadership in the development of the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) Enterprise Architecture, Concept of Operations, and Integrated Work Plan. While on this assignment, he served as a co-author of the Mobility chapter for the National Aeronautics Research and Development Plan.

Waggoner began his NASA career in 1982 as a researcher in the theoretical aerodynamics discipline at NASA’s Langley Research Center. He eventually held management positions in Langley’s transonic and subsonic aerodynamics branches responsible for planning and supervision of applied computational and experimental research directed at developing aerodynamics technology for advanced civil and military vehicles. Prior to NASA, Waggoner was a researcher and project engineer with Vought Corporation in Dallas, Texas, where he worked on advanced wind tunnel testing techniques and performed foundational work in the emerging field of computational fluid dynamics.

He has been awarded several NASA Group Achievement Awards and NASA Special Act or Service Awards and has authored or coauthored 44 NASA technical papers, journal articles and conference publications on computational and experimental aerodynamics, and advanced airspace systems concepts. He is an associate fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

Waggoner received a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering from Auburn University, a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Southern Methodist University, and master’s and doctoral degrees in engineering management from George Washington
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Drone Focus Conference 2018

May 30 - May 31, 2018

WELCOME TO THE FUTURE

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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 2018, Drone Focus will build upon our foundation in the UAS space and expand to explore what it takes to build the infrastructure, software, systems, and resources for an autonomous nation. 

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