DRONE WORLD EXPO Kicks off Today in San Jose


Speakers from the White House, NASA, Esri and IBM to Discuss the Future of Drones


SAN JOSE, CA, November 15, 2016- Following a successful day of pre-conference workshops presented by Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Esri and MicaSense, and a special VIP networking reception, Drone World Expo will open at 8:45 am this morning with a dynamic keynote address on The Future of Drones: Clearing the Flight Path to a Connected World.  The exhibit hall, featuring the latest technology from leading vendors will be open 10 am to 6 pm at the San Jose Convention Center. 


Highlights for Tuesday, November 15th

  • Keynote: The Future of Drones: Clearing the Flight Path to a Connected World(8:45- 10:00 am) - Hear from Lawrie Jordan, Esri, Dr. Richard Rios, NASA, Terah Lyons, White House Office of Science & Technology Policy and Ingo D. Piroth, IBM Global Business Services as they discuss where they see the future of drones, how to create an environment where companies can become more efficient and successful and more. The discussion will be moderated by Gretchen West, Hogan Lovells.
  • Conference Sessions: Throughout the two-day event over 120 industry leaders will share information in dozens of sessions including Produce Pilots: Drones in the Field and Orchard; Civil Drone Regulations in the UK: What Does it Mean for US Companies?; Finding Funding: The VC Community Speaks; Connecting Flights: The Potential for Drone Applications via Mobile Networks, MAPPS Geospatial Trackand much more.
  • Case Studieswill focus on Drones for Law Enforcement, Commercial Drones for Mining Companies, Drones in Construction, SnotBots: Changing How We See and Study Whales; Security and Surveillance via Drone.
  • Tech Talks Theater(10:15am - 4:45pm in Exhibit Hall)- Hear from industry leaders and learn about key developments happening in the drone industry.  Sessions include Skyefish's Smart Gimbal Technology; Solid-State LIDAR Technologies by LeddarTech; The Future of Sense-and-Avoid Technology by Fortem Technologies; Drones and the Future of Data on Demand by Altavian; Intelligent Insight- Leveraging Agriculture Focused Data Analytics by AeroVironment; Efficient Processing of UAV Projects by SimActive, Inc.; and Crop Dusting by Kray Technologies; and Kespry's Automated Drone System.
  • Tech Talk/Demonstration Theater- Throughout the day hear about and see the latest technology demonstrations, including presentations on 3D Surveying by FalconViz; Autonomous Drones by Arbe Robotics; Power Mapping by Esri; Affordable Renewable Energy by InspecTools; the Intel® Falcon™ 8+ System by Intel Corporation; UAS Parachute Recovery System by Fruity Chutes Inc.; Drone Operator Workforce by DroneHive Inc.; Snapdragon Navigator Software by Qualcomm Atheros, Inc.; and New Aerial Platforms by Altus UAS.
  • Exhibit Hall- The exhibit hall will be open on Tuesday, November 15 from 10:00 am - 6:00 pm with a networking reception from 5:00 - 6:00 pm, sponsored by Measure, and on Wednesday, November 16 from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm with a networking reception from 4:00 - 5:00 pm.  Join all attendees, exhibitors, speakers and media in the Exhibit Hall.
  • Sponsored Forums- Three sponsored forums are open to all attendees, including: Unleashing Innovation in Drone Technology, presented by Intel - (Tuesday at 11:45 am); Drone Insurance 101, presented by Global Aerospace (Tuesday at 1:30 pm).  Qualcomm, Aerovel and Precision Integrated Programs will present sponsored forums on Wednesday.

Location, Dates and Hours:

San Jose Convention Center, Hall 3, 150 W San Carlos St, San Jose, CA 95113

Tuesday, November 15: 9 am - 6 pm and Wednesday, November 16: 9 am - 5 pm


Drone World Expo, the defining event for the commercial applications of UAS technology, will take place November 15-16, 2016 at the San Jose Convention Center.  For more information, visit  The event is produced by JD Events, dedicated to the creation of targeted and innovative industry-leading events that deliver results. The company brings together highly qualified buying audiences, education-rich content and high-level networking opportunities -- all geared toward increasing business transactions in the markets it serves. 

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For further information, contact:

Amy Riemer, Media Relations

978-475-4441 (office) or 978-502-4895 (cell)

On-site press room - #232 at San Jose Convention Center, Hall 3


Published Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

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