Salina, Kansas
August 21 – 22, 2019

Wednesday August 21, 2019 Thursday August 22, 2019 Full Agenda Expand all sessions

Wednesday August 21, 2019

09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
DronePort Network Meeting
Tonys Pizza Event Center
09:00 AM - 03:30 PM
The third annual Midwest Big Data Hub
Tonys Pizza Event Center
All-Hands Meeting will serve as the culmination for the National Science Foundation project dedicated to bringing academics and commercial operators together around the topic of big data for agriculture. Join us on August 21, 2019 in Salina, Kansas to discuss the development of policies and best practices for data science and Big Data applications in agriculture, with a particular focus on automating the Big Data lifecycle for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and for plant sciences, phenomics, and genomics.

A separate registration is required for this event. For more information visit, Midwest Big Data Hub
12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
Kansas State University and DronePort Network Joint Luncheon
Tonys Pizza Event Center
03:30 PM - 05:00 PM
Pitch Presentations
Tonys Pizza Event Center
05:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Opening Reception and Live Drone Demos
Tonys Pizza Event Center

Thursday August 22, 2019

08:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Breakfast and Opening Plenary
Tony's Pizza Event Center
Join us as we kick off day two with special keynote presentations. Expect industry leaders and top notch presentations to get you primed for a packed day of sessions.
  • Cliff Stone, Vice President, Product Life Cycle Sustainment, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc.
  • 10:15 AM - 11:00 AM
    UAS technology provides opportunities for first responders to meet public safety needs in new and responsive ways. The number of organizations implementing UAS continues to grow exponentially. Hear from those that have started their own UAS program and are at varying stages of implementation to learn about the benefits of a UAS program, how to gain public support, financial considerations, and obstacles to anticipate and how to overcome them.
    DronePorts, redefining the UAS Industry
    Tony's Pizza Event Center
    New to the aviation industry, Droneports provide a fixed or mobile location for the housing, maintenance, fueling and piloting of commercial fleets of drones, and the safe flying of drones in the national airspace.

    Droneports can include facilities, fleet housing, fleet maintenance, fleet piloting, incuboar and technology development, education and training and testing facilities. The FAA expects over 450,000 and as many as 717,000 commercial grade drones will be in service by 2022. Droneports are expected to serve as nodes for commercial drone operations in a region. New business opportunities will arise in and around droneports as entrepreneurs take on these new markets – particularly services for piloting, maintaining, fueling and equipping these aircraft. Companies needing to operate fleets of drones in a region can benefit by having a facility to handle these logistical needs. Learn more about this exciting UAS spinoff sector.
    The Future of Farming
    Tony's Pizza Event Center
    The global population is projected to reach over 9 billion by 2050 and agricultural consumption is expected to increase by a massive 70%, a figure complicated by unpredictable weather patterns and natural disasters. Drones are part of the solution, as farmers adopt UAS technologies to meet the increasing demands put on them. Learn why smart farming has been called the “biggest global business opportunity” and how UAS technologies are at the core.
    11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    Networking Break
    Tony's Pizza Event Center
    11:30 AM - 12:15 PM
    Beyond Imagery: Unconventional uses of UAS for Agriculture
    Tony's Pizza Event Center
    The growing use of UAS technology enables emergency managers and first responders to improve response and recovery efforts following a disaster. Multiple case studies will be explored with a focus on developing disaster preparedness through pre-event mapping and post-event response and assessments. Learn how to leverage UAS to respond more quickly, safely, and efficiently in the event of a disaster.
    Issued by the President to the Secretary of Transportation on October 26, 2017, The Unmanned Aircraft System Integration Pilot Program allows Department of Transportation (DOT) to enter into agreements with state, local, and tribal governments to establish innovation zones for testing complex UAS operations and to attempt different models for integrating drones into local airspace. Thousands of interested parties with technology solutions participated in this process.

    Come learn about the next generation of technologies that will define drone integration and the innovative approaches national leaders are taking as part of this large scale, industry defining project.
    02:15 PM - 03:00 PM
    As early adopters, agribusiness is booming. Key industry players are discovering new ways to leverage UAS technologies that are changing the way they do business. From drone-to-tractor data integration and agriculture intelligence large corporations and savvy startups are developing technologies that are maximizing operations, keeping their companies on the bleeding edge of the agribusiness boom.
    Operating UAS safely and legally is a primary consideration for any first responder unit. Understand the difference between Part 107, Public Operations, and Certificate of Authorizations and how each can support your operational goals. Additional topics will include an overview of certification requirements, FAA regulations applicable to first responders, and training and flight operation preparation considerations.
    AUVSI’s findings show that in the first three years of integration more than 70,000 jobs will be created in the United States with an economic impact of more than $13.6 billion. This benefit will grow through 2025 when we foresee more than 100,000 jobs created and economic impact of $82 billion. Industry growth reports in and around Unmanned Aerial Systems markets are staggering, but how do you and your community harness the growth potential of this industry. Whether your state has a formal cluster or not, this session explores how you can leverage the potential of UAS industry as an economic development tool.
    03:00 PM - 03:30 PM
    Networking Break
    Tony's Pizza Event Center
    03:30 PM - 04:15 PM
    In an industry where we are only limited by regulations and our imagination what else is on the horizon? Come discover the outer limits of this seemingly limitless industry.
    Is There Such a Thing as Too Much Data?
    Tony's Pizza Event Center
    Much of the data collected by drones must be analyzed before it becomes useful and offer meaningful ROIs. As sensors and imaging technology only get better data mining and interpretation are essential in helping users to make market conscious decisions. In a world of information overload, how do we make meaning of it all?
    The scope of available UAS technology is constantly expanding. Knowing what technology is best suited for applications specific to your organization is essential for strategic and fiscally responsible purchases. Discover the most popular and applicable UAS technology for first responders and learn how these technologies fit into your organization. This session will feature live, interactive demonstrations of popular and emerging UAS technology.
    04:15 PM - 05:00 PM
    Where do we go from here? The future of UAS
    Tony's Pizza Event Center
    05:00 PM - 07:00 PM
    Dealmakers Reception