Unmanned Aircraft Systems, also known as drones are revolutionizing industries from across the board. This has led to some experts asserting that drones are the future.
In fact, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) suggested that as many as 600,000 drones would fly commercially in 2017. The Association for Unmanned Systems International (AUVI) is one of the foremost organizations in the drones industry.
One of the biggest ways through which the organization has impacted the drone industry is through the annual XPONENTIAL experience. This is an exhibition which provides a platform for drone enthusiasts from all over the world to meet, network, deliberate and showcase their inventions and ideas.
The 2017 show will take place from the 8th to the 11th of May at the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center in Dallas.
Who is Attending?
AUVSI XPONENTIAL is the largest such exhibition in the unmanned systems industry and this year, it is expected to draw as many as 7,000 professionals within the unmanned vehicle and robotics industries.
Also included is cutting edge technology from more than 600 companies all around the world and representing at least 20 industries including energy, construction, agriculture, automated vehicles, defense and even oil & gas. Some of the attendees/participants expected in this year’s event include;
- American Airlines
- The Dow Chemical Company
- Department of Defense
- Department of Interior
- The FBI
- Microsoft Research, Adaptive Systems and Interaction
- Uber Advanced Technologies Center
- IBM Corporation
For drone enthusiasts, the exhibition is a chance to get insight from the most influential people in the industry. It is also an opportunity to gain insights into topical issues, trade secrets & best practices and even keep at par with the latest advances in the industry. In line with this, several keynote speakers are going to be at AUVSI EXPONENTIAL, and they include;
- Brian Krzanich the CEO of Intel Corporation
- Terry McAuliffe the Governor of Virginia
- Jim Cantore who is a house-hold name in weather and who will also double up as the host of the 2017 show.
What Is On Offer?
The 2017 AUVSI XPONENTIAL will feature four distinct programs;
i. The Policy program will focus on issues to do with airspace, cooperation of local, state and federal agencies, international trade and the regulatory landscape of the industry.
ii. The Technology program will feature innovation in the defense industry as well as in the commercial industry and particularly drone delivery. It will also delve into the protection of intellectual property and software development in the drone industry.
iii. The Business Solutions program will delve into remote sensing, the use of drones in the wireless industry as well as in applications such as mapping and imaging.
iv. The Educational program which includes technical sessions that feature white papers as well as a presentation on government and defense opportunities in the drone industry. This will also feature unique sessions such as those providing insight into the role of women and diversity in the drone industry.
Most importantly, AUVSI XPONENTIAL will provide a platform for attendees from all across the divide to network and interact. In fact, there are some special events specifically meant to facilitate networking and interaction among participants. They are;
- Exhibitor Reception
- First Timers Reception
- Welcome Reception
- Chairman’s Reception
- XPO Hall Networking Receptions
- Start-up Showdown Happy Hour
- The Mix (which allows attendees to experience the southern culture).
What Else Is Worth Knowing?
The organizers of AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2017 have made things easier for attendees by developing several onsite services meant to improve their experience.
Organizers have reserved several room blocks in seventeen hotels around the venue of the event. These include the Crown Plaza Downtown Dallas, Hotel Indigo Downtown Dallas and Hyatt Regency Dallas among others.
In addition to that, attendees staying in the hotels with reserved room blocks will have complimentary shuttle services provided to them with the exception of the Aloft Dallas Downtown, Omni Hotel Dallas and La Quinta Inn & Suite Downtown Dallas all of which are a walking distance from the venue.
Attendees coming in their vehicles also have the benefit of access to ample parking for cars, trucks and trailers within the venue grounds. However, there is a parking fee of $15 per day for each vehicle.
It is also important to note this will not include in and out privileges and neither will it include overnight parking or utility connections for attendees using recreational vehicles (RVs).
iii. AUVSI XPONENTIAL attendees will also have the liberty of taking up dining options at the convention center as well as complimentary internet and Wi-Fi in all the lobbies within the convention center.