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  May 17, 2022

Spotlight: UASCI at OKC Innovation District Walk over Wednesday

On June 15th, learn more about UACI, network with OKC innovators, and get a free lunch
Join UASCI along with OKC innovators and entrepreneurs on June 15 at 11am to 1pm, for the Walk over Wednesday lunch event in the parking lot of the OK Department of Commerce building (next to Stiles Park). Walk Over Wednesday, OKC Innovation District's monthly lunch placemaking event and your opportunity to network with others in the Oklahoma City Innovation Ecosystem. UASCI is sponsor of the June event and Hot Dog OKC will be the food truck. Please note that the first 100 attendees will receive a free lunch.
The UASCI Executive Director, Craig Mahaney, will be present at this event to answer your questions on UASCI services and the UAS Angel Network. This is a great opportunity to learn more of answer on UASCI and its services including free business mentoring and consulting, or the UAS Angel Network.
If you cannot attend the event, you can still learn about UASCI at or the UAS Angel Network at But you will be missing a free lunch and opportunity to meet with Craig.
Upcoming Industry Events
Thunderbird Drone Festival
August 12-13, 2022
Woodward, OK
The Thunderbird Drone Festival is Oklahoma's first and only drone film festival and drone technology expo.

Commercial UAV Expo
September 6-8, 2022
Caesars Forum, Las Vegas, NV

UAS Summit & Expo
October 4-5, 2022
Grand Forks, ND
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U.S. Air Force and Drone Racing League Partner to Celebrate 75th Anniversary – and Accelerate Drone Pilot Skills
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Volocopter taps Microsoft for its future UAM operating system
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