Thousands of Commercial Drone Users Convene This Week for Third Annual Drone World Expo in San Jose

Exhibitors and Education Sessions Covering a Variety of Cutting Edge Industry Applications

SAN JOSE, Calif. — (BUSINESS WIRE) — October 2, 2017 — The commercial drone industry is gathering at the San Jose Convention Center for the next several days of educational sessions, demonstrations, exhibits, and workshops. With experts from various industries coming together to discuss the current applications of drone technology and the future full of opportunities for drone operators, this year is sure to be Drone World Expo’s best event yet. The trade show and conference will run Tuesday, October 3, and Wednesday, October 4, with pre-conference workshops starting today.

“We are thrilled to be back in San Jose, the heart of Silicon Valley, and gather thousands of commercial drone users to hear from over 125 speakers and see the latest technology on display and in action,” said Joelle Coretti, Vice President and Event Director. “We have a phenomenal line-up of sessions and amazing thought leaders who will be presenting the most up-to-date regulatory information, commercial applications and user cases. You never know what might be announced or unveiled at Drone World Expo and we’re excited to find out!”

On-site registration is available at the San Jose Convention Center.

The week starts off with three pre-conference workshops taking place on Monday. These workshops will discuss timely issues from three different segments of the drone industry including inspection, public safety, and agriculture. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Worldwide presents sUAS for Inspections; AMA, DJI and Fly-Robotics will present a Public Safety Training Workshop and MicaSense will present Sensors and Analytics for Precision Agriculture.

For the third year, Drone World Expo will offer an insightful and important education program with more than 40 sessions, focusing on the most innovative advancements in commercial drone use and technology. There will be three dynamic keynote presentations. Tuesday morning at 8:45 am, speakers from Facebook, NASA, Airbus, Project Wing, and GE Beyond will deliver Views from Above: Policy Evolution and Bold Predictions for the Future of Commercial UAS.

On Tuesday afternoon at 1:00 pm Michael Kratsios, Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy U.S. Chief Technology Officer, will discuss U.S. technology priorities and strategic initiatives.

Wednesday’s keynote session is From Packages to Passengers: How Drones are Transforming Transportation and starts at 8:45 am with speakers from UPS, Aurora Flight Systems, NASA, Uber Elevate, and Ford Motor Company.

These sessions will also be moderated by Gretchen West, Hogan Lovells, Co-Executive Director, Commercial Drone Alliance.

Other notable events during the Expo include live demonstrations of the Lily Next-Gen Introduction and the Fruity Chutes UAS Parachute Recovery System and many others; dozens of Tech Talk presentations in the exhibit hall, press conferences, and Professional Drone Demo Day, featuring live demonstrations of UAS technology on the California Coast. (La Selva Beach, CA, Thursday, October 5, separate registration required).

There will also be valuable networking events to get to know other drone industry professionals such as the Women of Commercial Drones Roundtables and the networking receptions held both nights of the show in the Exhibit Hall. AIAA will also be presenting the winners of the IDEA Competition, encouraging new ideas that connect the UAS-related R&D and end-user communities. For more information about the event or to register, visit

Drone World Expo, the defining event for the commercial applications of UAS technology, will take place October 3-4, 2017 in the heart of Silicon Valley at the San Jose Convention Center. For more information, visit The event is produced by JD Events, dedicated to the creation of targeted and innovative industry-leading events that deliver results. The company brings together highly qualified buying audiences, education-rich content and high-level networking opportunities -- all geared toward increasing business transactions in the markets it serves. Visit for more information.




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