Look up. What do you see? At Light Reading, we see the future of global communications: a network of thousands of ultra-high-altitude solar-powered drones, equipped with next-gen microwave wireless equipment, delivering gigabit capacity, anywhere on the planet, and kick-starting the IoT revolution.

 

This vision isn’t science fiction. The tech required to build it exists in the lab today, and some of the most astute companies in the world– including Kleiner Perkins, Google, DHL, British Petroleum and Amazon – are placing huge bets on a stratosphere-level Internet not just coming to pass, but changing everything we know about communications.

 

And while it may take a couple of decades before a drone-based gigabit capacity "Skynet" encompasses the planet, we will only have to wait a year or so before drones kick-start another revolutionary trend, the Internet of Things (IoT), as utilities start using them as robotic machine-to-machine (M2M) vehicles for locating downed power lines and checking the status of energy pipelines. Other prosaic uses on the near horizon include providing ad-hoc communications in emergencies or extra capacity at outdoor events. In fact, the potential for drone-based communications and IoT applications is fast expanding as forward-thinking organizations start testing out technology that will change the way we live in years to come.

 

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A UNIQUE EVENT COMMUNITY, DELIVERING EXPERT CONTENT

DroneComm 2015 is a new and unique conference that is all about connecting the dots between next-generation IP networks (a.k.a. New IP)  drones and IoT – bridging the rapidly closing gap back to the reality of today's communication ecosystem, and revealing how service providers, enterprises and others can monetize this opportunity.  As such, this conference is at the cutting edge of commercial reality for all but a few visionaries, and should open the horizon for all attendees.

 

We will look at the technology that is propelling IoT and comms skyward; dig into the early use-cases for drones (and balloons) around the world; examine the regulatory and security concerns around unmanned flying vehicles in the US and elsewhere; and share how carriers – and other interested companies – are starting down the runway to drone comms.

 

DroneComm 2015 is an essential event for anyone who wants to be part of the drone supply chain – from silicon manufacturers, to solar power companies, software developers, all the way up to the business end users.  Every attendee of DroneComm 2015 will walk away from this event with a crystal clear understanding of the opportunity for their business, and the timing thereof. That makes this a unique event, and quite different from the other drone conferences in existence.

 

DroneComm 2015 isn't "just another conference." Forget about peremptory panels and potted product pitches. At DroneComm 2015, our handpicked industry-expert delegates will engage the entire audience in a highly engaging series of think tank discussions of the most important issues in drone communications. The format is "open room" and inclusive – so come prepared to participate in the dialectic!

 

WHO IS ATTENDING?

Our invited audience will comprise decision makers and executives from every link in the supply chain of drone communications, including:

  • Aeronautics companies
  • Hi-alt drone manufacturers
  • Carriers and service providers
  • OTT operators
  • Cable companies
  • Satellite operators
  • Investors (public and private)
  • Manufacturers of advanced solar technologies
  • Vendors of high-speed wireless equipment
  • Silicon fabricators
  • Software developers
  • Drone traffic control (DTC) companies
  • Enterprise businesses
  • Public sector organizations
  • Local and national governments
  • Utilities
  • Public market investors
  • Venture capitalists
  • Regulators (from the US and around the world)
  • Lawyers
  • Lobbyists
  • Analysts and media

Agenda

10:15 - 10:20 AM WELCOME & INTRODUCTION
Steve Saunders, Founder & CEO of Light Reading
10:20 - 11:10 AM KEYNOTE PRESENTATION 1: NASA’S UAS TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT OUTLOOK
Parimal Kopardekar, Ph.D., Project and Principal Investigator, Unmanned Aerial Systems Traffic Management (UTM) , NASA Ames Research Center
11:10 - 11:40 AM KEYNOTE PRESENTATION 2: BLUESKY
Craig Elder, Dronecode Foundation 
11:40 - 12:10 PM PANEL 1: EARLY APPLICATIONS FOR COMMERCIAL DRONES
It's not all package delivery drones out there. Early applications for commercial UAVs include everything from inspecting pipeline breaks to providing ad-hoc communications for emergency services and capturing dramatic footage for movies. As the nascent market evolves, drones will take their place in the Internet of Things.
Moderator: Steve Bell, Senior Analyst, Heavy Reading
Participants: Colin Snow, Drone Analyst; Gerad Hayes, President & Founder, Wireless Research Center of North Carolina; Dr. Allan J. Bruce, Vice President, Sunlight Photonics Inc.; Kyle Snyder, Director, Next Gen Air Transportation (NGAT) Center; Speaker from Wind River
12:10 - 12:30 PM SUPER PLATINUM SPONSOR PRESENTATION - WIND RIVER SYSTEMS
Chip Downing, Senior Director, Business Development, Aerospace & Defense, Wind River Systems
12:30 - 1:50 PM LUNCH IN AUVSI DEMO HALL
1:50 - 2:20 PM PLATINUM SPONSOR PRESENTATION
Can you hear me up there? Exploring and solving the radio issues around connecting communications drones to the Internet and other networks.
2:20 - 3:20 PM PANEL II: TOP STARTUPS IN THE DRONE SPACE
Some of the hottest startups in the commercial drone space talk about what they are working on and how they see the future evolving for commercial UAVs.
Moderator: Colin Snow, Drone Analyst
Participants: Rich Kapusta, Chief Marketing Officer, Alta Devices; Jill Meyers, Business Consultant, Monarch Inc.; Daniel McKinnon, Ph.D, Enterprise Product Manager, 3D Robotics; 
Speaker from Space Data
3:20- 3:40 PM COFFEE BREAK
3:40 - 4:10 PM PANEL III: MANAGING THE AIR
As commercial drones become more common, managing the unmanned traffic in the skies will become ever more crucial. This panel examines the work so far in developing air traffic control systems for UAVs.
Moderator: Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, Light Reading
Participants: Jonathan Evans, CEO, Skyward; Parimal Kopardekar, Ph.D., Project and Principal Investigator, Unmanned Aerial Systems Traffic Management (UTM) , NASA Ames Research Center; Speaker from Intel
4:10 - 4:30 PM WRAP-UP
Key takeaways from the day's sessions

SPEAKERS:


Colin Snow
Drone Analyst


Chip Downing
Sr. Director, Business Development, Aerospace & Defense
Wind River Systems


Rich Kapusta
Chief Marketing Officer
Alta Devices


Jonathan Evans
CEO
Skyward

EVENT HOSTS:


Stephen Saunders
CEO & Founder
Light Reading

 


Dan Jones
Mobile Editor
Light Reading

 


Steve Bell
Senior Analyst
Heavy Reading

SUPER PLATINUM SPONSOR

Wind

GOLD SPONSORS

Alta Devices Intel
SkyWardSpace DataSunlight

EVENT PARTICIPANTS

Drone Analyst

WHY ATTEND?

At Light Reading, we believe that technology designed for the stratosphere has the potential to generate sky-high profits for the companies that carve out a compelling first-mover position in this market.

 

And who better to host this unique colloquium than Light Reading, the world’s foremost authority on all next-generation communications technologies, and the organization that first identified and defined the optical networking revolution at the turn of this century.

 

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Registration includes:

  • Access to Light Reading’s DroneComm educational sessions (Wednesday)
  • Access to General Sessions (Tuesday - Thursday)
  • Entrance into Exhibit Hall (Tuesday - Thursday)
  • All breaks and receptions in the Exhibit Hall

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