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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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Derek Kan

Derek Kan

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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.

Doug Burgum

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 Waggoner

Edgar Waggoner

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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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Conference Overview

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