Industry Support Continues to Grow for 3rd Annual Drone World Expo

Registration is now open for Drone World Expo 2017 at From October 3-4, the 3rd annual Drone World Expo will once again gather thousands of thought leaders, end-users and decision makers in the commercial drone industry at the San Jose Convention Center. This premier event, held in the Capital of Silicon Valley, will feature a robust exhibit floor, visionary keynote speakers, timely and industry-leading educational programs, and networking events. Drone World Expo is a business-to-business event, attracting over 3,000 professional attendees from media and entertainment, agriculture, construction, energy, oil and gas, utilities, law enforcement, security and public safety, fire/search and rescue, mapping and surveying, inspections, research and conservation, real estate, communications, parcel delivery, humanitarian efforts and more.

“We are working with our expert advisory board, reviewing speaker proposals and session topics to ensure that we offer another stellar conference program for commercial drone end users,” said Gretchen West, Drone World Expo Advisory Board Chair, Senior Advisor, Hogan Lovells and Co-Executive Director, Commercial Drone Alliance. “Our industry is at a tipping point with many opportunities and challenges for growth and DWE is the perfect venue to learn more, network with industry experts and come together to move this industry forward.”

Drone World Expo welcomes the newest members of its Advisory Board, Kathleen “Kat” Swain, Senior Director of UAS Programs for AOPA, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, and Hector Ubiñas UAS Program Lead/Aviation Safety Advisor for San Diego Gas & Electric.

The Drone World Expo (DWE) Advisory Board is comprised of recognized thought leaders in the UAS industry and key commercial market sectors. Board members assist in the creation of Drone World Expo’s conference and exhibition dedicated to supporting the rapidly evolving commercial drone marketplace. Here is what a few of them had to say about the event:

Biren Gandhi, Distinguished Strategist, Corporate Strategy Office, Cisco said, “It’s a meeting of minds in line with Cisco’s co-innovation, co-development and co-creation spirit. Drone World Expo provides a unique opportunity to discover some of the best and brightest minds working together to accelerate the drone ecosystem.”

Mark L. Bathrick, Director, Office of Aviation Services (OAS), U.S. Department of the Interior, said “ It has been my experience that Drone World Expo brings together a unique mix of experienced end users with valuable lessons to share, new entrants to this space, eager to learn, and the latest in drone and related technologies, all in the heart of Silicon Valley. That’s an exciting combination.”

Brad Cheney, Vice President, Field Operations & Engineering, FOX Sports Media Group, said We are using drones today to capture the most compelling of images for use in FOX Sports programming and I’m always interested to see new use cases and innovations like those presented at Drone World Expo. The field is ever expanding with new ideas and processes to allow us all to work smarter.”

Ingo D. Piroth, Partner, IBM Innovation & Emerging Tech, IBM Global Business Services, said “We are excited about the inclusion of an Internet of Things (IoT) focus as part of Drone World Expo. As IP enabled endpoints generate technical commonalties between everything from robotics to autonomous vehicles, drone specific projects would do well to leverage broader IoT business strategies and technical architectures.”

“We look forward to welcoming the entire commercial drone ecosystem including the end users who make it all possible,” said Joelle Coretti, Drone World Expo’s Vice President and Event Director. “From complimentary VIP registration for end users and unmatched access to industry thought leaders, to content that incorporates not only drones but their role in a connected world, we continue to demonstrate our commitment to this exciting industry and our long-term vision for this event.”

The full conference will be complimentary for qualified commercial and civil government end users. Conference passes for those who do not qualify as end-users are $495 through July 28, $695 until September 22 and $995 after September 22. All attendees will also have the opportunity to register for the MAPPS Geospatial Track at DWE for just $95 until July 28, and the sUAS for Inspections pre-conference workshop, presented by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University for $299 until July 28. The workshop will take place on Monday, October 2, click here for more details. Industry professionals may also register for complimentary expo passes, which provide access to hundreds of products on display, all keynote presentations, Tech Talks in the exhibit hall, flying demonstrations, and networking receptions. Registration is available at

Drone World Expo exhibitors represent all aspects of UAS technology development and deployment: fixed wing drones and multicopters, video and broadcast solutions, geospatial solutions, imaging solutions, components, sensors, legal, insurance, drone service providers, UAS training, data capture, management and analysis and more. For information about exhibiting at Drone World Expo, contact Michael Driscoll at 203-416-1924 or

About Drone World Expo
Drone World Expo, the defining event for the commercial applications of UAS technology, will take place October 3-4 at the San Jose Convention Center in San Jose, CA. For general information, visit The event is produced by JD Events (, dedicated to the creation of targeted and innovative industry-leading events that deliver results.

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