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ASCEND: A Drone Business Conference & Expo

Industry experts and working professionals to share information for integrating UAS tech into business processes

November 10, 2016

Drone360 magazine and Kalmbach Publishing Co. are pleased to announce ASCEND Conference & Expo, a new UAS technology and innovation event.

The ASCEND Conference & Expo will be held at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, OR, July 19-21, 2017. The commercial UAS industry is at a critical stage of development, with the potential to solve real-world problems across a wide variety of business segments. ASCEND will give professionals in multiple business markets practical information about using drones to improve business processes.

“ASCEND will go beyond celebrating drone technology to provide practical integration of techniques into current business practices,” said Tim Kidwell, editor-in-chief of Drone360 and member of the ASCEND Conference & Expo Executive Planning Team. “Other drone events talk about the evolution of the technology; ASCEND will help attendees turn concepts into action plans.”

The ASCEND Conference & Expo will convene experienced, successful UAS pros to deliver hands-on workshops, insights into best practices, and other programming that will drill down to the fundamentals entrepreneurs need to achieve success.
Specific, targeted conference tracks will focus on these areas:
  • Construction
  • Insurance
  • Photo and video
  • Precision agriculture
  • Real estate
  • Security/police/fire/search-and-rescue
  • Utility and infrastructure inspection

Sessions will help attendees do one or more of the following:
  • Start a business or incorporate drones into an existing business
  • Learn best practices through case studies and practical examples
  • Understand policy and comply with FAA, state, and local regulations
  • Find resources and management tools
  • Provide commercial application workflows
  • Minimize financial and legal risk
  • Manage data acquisition, processing, and use
  • Develop operations processes
Early speaker commitments include Christina M. Engh, co-founder and COO, UASolutions Group; Dan Gettinger and Arthur Michel Holland, co-founders and co-directors, Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College; Patrick Sherman, Roswell Flight Test Crew; and Sharon Rossmark, COO, AeroVista Innovations. The list of speakers and topics will grow significantly in the coming months.

ASCEND will offer a combination of interactive panel discussions, classes, workshops, workflow sessions, mentor meetings, and interviews. Additionally, the ASCEND  Expo will encompass all aspects of UAS including service providers, commercial applications, platforms, software, research, technology, training, components, advocacy, education, government agencies, trade associations and retailers. Details on each conference track will be available on the website as the event nears.

For more information, attendees, exhibitors, and media should go to the ASCEND website. Knowledgeable industry professionals are invited to contact ASCEND at speakers@ascend-event.com.