Drone TechCon Partner Conference

  • Room: B202;B203;B204
Tuesday, May 05, 2015: 10:30 AM - 4:00 PM


Gretchen West
Senior Advisor
Jono Millin
Co-Founder and CPO
Lisa Ellman
Michael Blades
Research Director for North America, Aerospace, Defense & Security
Michael Wilson
CAPT Wilson
Shawn Bullard
Thomas Haun
Executive VP
Thomas Wilczek
Defense and Aerospace Industry Liaison


Workshop Agenda*

*A separate registration is required for this partner conference. 


Tuesday, May 5


10:30 am - 11:00 am

Keynote: Flying Commercial Drones into the Next Generation: A Path Forward
Speaker: Lisa Ellman, McKenna, Long & Aldridge LLP


11:10 am - 12:00 pm

Panel: The Defense Industry Goes Commercial

The allure of the growing commercial market for UAVs has caught the attention of many of the companies who have been building drones for the defense industry for years. How will they adapt and serve commercial markets as well? Join Frost & Sullivan Senior Industry Analyst Michael Blades and representatives from major UAS defense contractors as they discuss differences in opportunity, approach and product offerings in the growing commercial space. 

Moderator: Michael Blades, Senior Industry Analyst, Aerospace & Defense at Frost & Sullivan

Panelist: Derek Lyons, Vice President of Sales, Prioria Robotics, Inc.; Steven A. Gitlin, VP Marketing Strategy, Communications and Investor Relations, AeroVironment; David Kroetsch, President and CEO, and Co-Founder of Aeryon Labs Inc. 


12:00 pm - 1:00 pm 

Lunch Break


1:10 pm - 2:00 pm

Panel: Little Drones and Big Data

It seems as though we are just getting a handle on Big Data here on Earth, but now we have to think about data coming from above. What technologies are being offered to handle this flood of real-time information? What are the legal issues collecting all this data? Hear from Thomas A. Wilczek, Aerospace & Defense Industry Representative for the State of Nevada, and this panel of experts as they discuss the best ways to digest, analyze, and manage the reams of data coming in from UASs (such as those used for Precision Agriculture), and what we can expect as more take flight.  

Moderator: Thomas W. Wilczek, Aerospace & Defense Industry Representative for the State of Nevada

Panelists: Michael Singer, CEO of DroneView Technologies; Jono Millin, a founder of DroneDeploy; Thomas Haun, VP of Strategy and Globalization for PrecisionHawk


2:10 pm - 3:00 pm 

Panel: Commercial Drones and FAA's Proposed Regulations: A Step Forward 

With the FAA's recent Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems, a first step in specific regulation for UASs, a lot is left up in the air (no pun intended). The rules recently closed for public comment and the Department of Transportation still needs to review them. Based on the proposed rules, what should the FAA change?  What should they keep? What do the rules mean for commercial use? And how can we express our views in the process? Listen to this panel of experts (moderated by Lisa Ellman, a Counsel in the Washington, DC office of McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP and co-chair of the firm's Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Practice Group) sound off about these questions and more.

Moderator: Lisa Ellman, Counsel in the Washington, McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP 

Panelists: Shawn Bullard, president, Duetto Group, LLC; Mark McKinnon, co-chair of the McKenna, Long & Aldridge LLP Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS); and Captain Michael K. Wilson, Unmanned Aircraft Systems Program Manager, FAA 


3:10 pm - 4:00 pm 

How to Build Profitable Hardware Businesses with Community Collaboration

3D Robotics is the leading open UAV company. Combining a large but otherwise relatively traditional open-source software development community with 3DR's own hardware, software, and retail development has allowed us to both raise significant amounts of venture capital and build a large organization delivering drones to customers all over the world. A critical part of this growth has been fueled by community involvement, some of which has been formalized into the DroneCode Foundation, which is dedicated to building and supporting a community of developers and providing them the resources and tools to help them make innovative advances in UAV technology. This class will focus on the unique challenges and opportunities in building profitable hardware businesses around open innovation and community collaboration.

Speaker: Daniel McKinnon, Manager of Enterprise Products, 3D Robotics