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Wednesday September 16, 2020

10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Discover how the UAS Cluster Initiative and DronePort Network are working with communities to create jobs and economic opportunity in the UAS industry by attending a special DronePort Network Seminar, a co-located event on Day 1 of the UAS Tech Forum.

In the seminar, you will learn how droneports are becoming epicenters for UAS activities by serving as nodes for testing, training and commercial drone operations by obtaining permissions for flight. These facilities are also providing housing, maintenance, fueling, piloting of fleets and more.

As a co-located event, registration for the DronePort Network Seminar is a separate $95 fee (includes lunch); however, you can save $50 by registering for both the seminar and UAS Tech Forum. Register today

03:30 PM - 05:00 PM
Kick off the Tech Forum with a session of Quick Pitches featuring the hottest available technologies today with applications in a variety of UAS markets.

Jeff Shackelford with the Enterprise Center in Johnson County and Mid-America Angels Investment Network will provide some valuable wisdom and insight that is destined to prime the pump for the always-popular Pitch Session, featuring the hottest available technologies today with applications in a variety of UAS markets.

From raw tech, to startups, to the revenue generators, your next investment or big opportunity could be a pitch away.
Moderator(s):
  • Jeffrey Shackelford, Senior Vice President, Enterprise Center in Johnson County and Mid America Angels Investment Network
  • 05:00 PM - 07:00 PM
    Connect with pitch presenters and fellow attendees in the opening reception. Exhibitors will be on hand during the reception and throughout the event, make sure to stop by and introduce yourself!

    Thursday September 17, 2020

    08:30 AM - 10:00 AM
    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.


    10:15 AM - 11:00 AM
    As the Department of Defense continues to adapt smaller, nimbler – and cheaper - UAS systems into their arsenal, defense contractors, both large and small, are now tapping into these newer technologies. By relying on their past success in developing large UAV platforms for the Pentagon, defense companies are now trying to parlay that experience into more business with Uncle Sam as the federal government tries new ways of tapping into the rapidly evolving commercial technology sector.
    Moderator(s):
  • Jeremiah Johnson, Integrated Product Team Manager, Kratos Defense & Security Solutions
  • Speaker(s):
  • Cliff Stone, Vice President, Product Life Cycle Sustainment, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc.
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) has quickly become a game changer for the unmanned aerial systems industry as more sophisticated UAVs are now performing many problem-solving roles that were once only reserved for humans. One area AI is making an impact in is weather research, in particular the development of AI software and AI-enabled UAVs that are helping weather researchers make more accurate forecasts.
    Moderator(s):
  • Jamey Jacob, Director, Unmanned Systems Research Institute, Oklahoma State University
  • Speaker(s):
  • Scott Klososky, Founding Partner, Future Point of View
  • Adam Houston, Professor, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Phillip Chilson, Professor, University of Oklahoma
  • 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    Networking Break
    11:30 AM - 12:15 PM
    As the UAS industry keeps evolving, the technologies and production processes needed to keep pace with the increased demand for even more sophisticated and reliable devices is forcing drone makers to explore other manufacturing options. In this session, hear from various manufacturing experts who will share what has worked for their companies and how they are adapting to changes dictated by the marketplace and from federal regulators.
    Moderator(s):
  • Kinnee Tilly, Vice President, Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance
  • There is arguably no other sector in the U.S. that is currently utilizing commercial drones more than law enforcement/public safety.

    More and more law enforcement or public safety agencies and organizations are realizing the potential of using drones to enhance their mission. From firefighting to search and rescue, drones are increasingly becoming indispensable tools for public safety personnel in their daily mission of saving and protecting lives.

    Find out how these everyday heroes are utilizing this technology and what is involved with developing a successful UAS program.
    Speaker(s):
  • Fritz Reber, Head of Public Safety Integration, Skydio
  • 12:15 PM - 02:00 PM
    Sit down to lunch with your new friends and enjoy a lively plenary with keynotes, good food, and great networking.

    02:15 PM - 03:00 PM
    Remote Identification will play a vital role in identifying and grounding unauthorized unmanned aircraft flights in restricted areas, but many details are yet to be decided. What is Remote ID and what does it entail? What is its current status and how long will it take to be implemented?

    Experts in industry and government will do a deep dive into this controversial policy and how it could impact our nation from an industry perspective as well as a safety and security perspective.
    Industries across the board are seeing the value of unmanned aerial systems and how they can be incorporated into their business models. Noting how this emerging technology can be game changers by helping them become more efficient and save lives, many utilities companies are embracing UAS and using them in ways that may not have been possible or realized just a decade ago.

    Learn how some of the top utility companies in the region are embracing this technology and how drone manufacturers are stepping up to design and develop unmanned platforms and equipment specifically suited for these sectors.
    Speaker(s):
  • Mike Kelly, Transmission Maintenance Analyst, Westar Energy
  • Eric Bitzko, System Maintenance Supervisor, Pedernales Electric Cooperative Inc.
  • Will Lovett, Managing Director, Phoenix Air Unmanned
  • 03:00 PM - 03:30 PM
    Networking Break
    03:30 PM - 04:15 PM
    From coast to coast and border to border, states are ramping up their efforts to possibly cash in on the economic smorgasbord that is the UAS industry in order to create jobs and boost their local economies. Several forward-looking states have already been actively searching out the latest innovations in the UAS space to create unique and far-reaching programs that will help catapult them into the forefront of this nascent technology.

    Hear from various officials who will share how capitalizing on UAS is bringing job growth and recognition to their respective states.
    Moderator(s):
  • Ryan Tillison, Director of ACES, Oklahoma Dept. of Commerce
  • Many of the devices, tools and materials we use inside our homes and see around our communities were originally developed in many of the federal labs and research centers scattered across the U.S.

    The Federal Lab Consortium helps these facilities, as well as their scientists and researchers, to more quickly transfer those technologies into the marketplace.

    In this session, you will hear from several federal agencies whose research efforts have led to the development of more advanced technologies and materials currently being used in the UAS space.
    04:15 PM - 05:00 PM
    The U.S. Department of Transportation in 2017 brought together 10 state, local and tribal governments together with various private sector companies as part of its Integrated Pilot Program (IPP) to test and evaluate the safe integration of unmanned aerial vehicles into the national airspace system.

    Although the IPP will be ending soon, the research and testing conducted by the nine remaining IPP awardees has already made a tremendous impact on the future of the UAS industry.

    Find out from several of the nine remaining IPP awardees what is next for them and the UAS industry as they and their peers begin the transition away from the IPP.
    Speaker(s):
  • Trevor Woods, Director of Safety, Northern Plains UAS Test Site
  • Eric Bitzko, System Maintenance Supervisor, Pedernales Electric Cooperative Inc.
  • Bob Brock, Director of UAS, Kansas Dept of Transportation
  • 05:00 PM - 07:00 PM
    Continue the networking! Have a drink on us and continue making those important connections. Enjoy some drinks and hors d'oeuvres, then invite your new friends out to dinner.