New Drone World Expo Sessions: Town Hall Meeting & UAS for Anti-Poaching


The Drone World Expo (DWE), taking place next month in San Jose, Calif., has added new keynote sessions, which will be open to all attendees.

Two newly announced sessions are “Drones For Good: Using UAS to Stop the Slaughter of Rhino and Elephants in Africa,” scheduled for Wed., Nov. 18, at 9 a.m., and the “DWE Town Hall Meeting,” scheduled for Tues., Nov. 17, at 3:45 p.m.

These sessions join the opening morning keynote, “Avoiding the Traffic Jam: A Government and Industry UTM Update” on Tues., Nov. 17, at 9 a.m. All sessions will take place at the San Jose Convention Center.

John L. Petersen, chairman of the Charles A. & Anne Morrow Lindbergh Foundation, will present the Drones for Good keynote address. The Lindbergh Foundation’s Air Shepherd program is funding and deploying drone teams to combat poaching in Africa.

“The Lindbergh Foundation’s Air Shepherd program is putting drones deep into the African bush to fly at night in very harsh operating conditions to benefit all of humanity. We don’t know anyone else who is doing that,” notes Petersen. “I look forward to sharing our efforts with the attendees of Drone World Expo and discussing how and where drones are making a difference with global impact in a critical, high-profile area.”

The DWE Town Hall Meeting will provide an opportunity for attendees to bring questions to a number of expert panelists who can provide details on where things stand and where they are headed. Panelists will select questions from those submitted online and those asked during the meeting. (To submit questions, click here.)

Panelists include Mark Bathrick of the U.S. Department of the Interior, Robert Blair of Measure, Michael Drobac of the Small UAV Coalition, Gregory McNeal of Pepperdine University and AirMap, Treggon Owens of Aerial MOB, and Gretchen West of Hogan Lovells and UAVUS. The panel will be moderated by Michael Bates, publisher of Unmanned Aerial Online.

The unmanned aircraft systems traffic management (UTM) keynote will feature speakers including Verizon Ventures’ David Famolari, the Federal Aviation Administration’s Marke “Hoot” Gibson, NASA’s PK Kopardekar, and Google X’s Dave Vos. The panel will be moderated by Gretchen West.

“Attendees of Drone World Expo will have access to a world-class education program, including three incredibly timely and important keynote presentations addressing critical issues facing the industry,” says Joel Davis, president of JD Events, producer of the DWE.

The Drone World Expo exhibit hall will be open 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Tues., Nov. 17, and 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Wed., Nov. 18, with a networking reception on the show floor the last hour of the expo each day.

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