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The Conference

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Keynote Speakers
Romeo Durscher Photo Jerry Grayson Photo Art Pregler Photo
Romeo Durscher
Director of Education, DJI
Jerry Grayson
AFCHelicopter SAR and Film Pilot, Writer, Director and Instructor of ‘Flying the Lens Drone/RPAS/UAV Masterclasses’
Art Pregler
UAS Program Director, AT&T
Louis Stewart Photo Lieutenant Commander Leedjia Svec, PhD Photo Wahid Nawabi Photo
Louis Stewart

Deputy Director, Innovation and Entrepreneurship,
Governor's Office of Economic Development, State of California

Lieutenant Commander Leedjia Svec, PhD
U.S. Navy and Liaison Office
Wahid Nawabi

Chief Executive Officer and President, Aerovironment


The 3rd annual International Drone Expo & Business Conference is the premier professional business destination for the global commercial drone community. Focusing on all the most important aspects of the future of unmanned aviation, the 2016 event program line up will include a multitude of profitable drone applications, new, more powerful and lower price sensors, smaller and longer flight duration drones and much more groundbreaking technology.

With its theme of “The Drone Business Today!” the 2016 IDE Business Conference will provide a platform for empowering technologies and focus on next-generation innovation. The broad acceptance of drones across the world has ushered in the fourth stage of the Industrial Revolution. Business and consumer markets are exploding with applications and the future of UAS is reshaping our personal and professional lives, pushing policy makers to the limits. 

Plenary sessions and workshops will be the vehicle by which the IDE Business Conference will encompass a wide spectrum of creative commercial opportunities, along with high level seminars focusing on new business opportunities coming down the road.  There will be in-depth information sessions on drone education, the legal services needed, and best business practices that you must know to start and grow a successful drone business. Further, you will learn from top experts and service provider teams all available for advice and consultation.

A variety of vertical industries will be covered including: Agriculture, Cinematography, Environment, Search & Rescue, Construction & Architecture, Real Estate, Mining, Oil & Gas, Financing, Venture Capital and Delivery of Goods.

Highlighted topics of interest include the following:

  • The Global UAS Industry
  • How Drones Companies are making money
  • Existing Commercial Market Opportunities
  • DRONES—Fidelity- Sensors- Mobility
  • Big Data
  • Better Batteries through Service and Use
  • Building your own Drone
  • The Best Gig in Town; Film, Television and Entertainment
  • Real Estate, Three Businesses in One
  • Oil & Gas and Alternative Energy
  • Agriculture- What Segments can be profitable
  • Built to Race- FPV today and in the Future
  • Sensors and payloads
  • Drones and Media Coverage
  • Funding Your Drone Company
  • The Drone Entrepreneur
  • Pitch Fest Drones and Products Pitches
  • Aviation Law & FAA Regulations
  • Applying for a 333 Exemption
  • Applying for a COA
  • Education and Training Standards
  • Environmental Testing
  • Live Stock and Wildlife Management
  • Insurance Inspection
  • Architectural and Building Inspection
  • Emergency Management in a Disaster Response Role
  • Drones for Real Estate and Construction
  • 3D Mapping & Surveying
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