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May 4, 2017
Drone World Expo to Become Flagship Event of Commercial Drone Week

SAN JOSE, Calif. — JD Events, producers of Drone World Expo, is pleased to announce the launch of Commercial Drone Week, which will include meetings, conferences, networking, tours, demos and receptions to continue face to face conversations around its flagship event. The first annual Commercial Drone Week already has a dozen concurrent events planned, ranging from an awards program presented by the Commercial Drone Alliance to the first in-person board meeting for the Global UTM Association and a special workshop on sUAS for inspections, presented by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Worldwide.

“There is tremendous value to Drone World Expo being located in the heart of Silicon Valley where attendees, exhibitors, sponsors and partners can catch up with colleagues and conduct business at the Expo and around it,” said Joelle M. Coretti, Vice President and Event Director, Drone World Expo. “We are working with key partners, exhibitors and media to develop strategically timed events throughout the week surrounding our flagship event to ensure that attendees get the most out of their time in Silicon Valley. Commercial Drone Week is sure to become the largest annual gathering of the commercial drone industry in North America.”

Events that have already been announced include:

  • American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Innovative Drone Exploration and Application (IDEA) Competition Winners’ Presentation
  • Commercial Drone Alliance Innovators of the Year Awards
  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Worldwide Workshop – sUAS for Inspections
  • Professional Drone Demo Day, presented by InspecTools, sponsored by Drone World Expo
  • MAPPS Fall Geospatial Conference
  • Sensors and Analytics for Precision Agriculture Workshop, presented by MicaSense
  • Society of Motion Pictures and Television Engineers (SMPTE) San Francisco Member Seminar
  • Global UTM Association Board Meeting
  • Women of Commercial Drones Roundtables and Networking Reception

In 2016, San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo recognized Drone World Expo for its innovative approach to addressing business and environmental challenges with drones and welcomed the event to the Capital of Silicon Valley. Commercial Drone Week showcases numerous events happening around Drone World Expo to give exhibitors and attendees even more opportunities to learn from each other while they are in town by attending focused meetings, conducting business transactions and networking with industry experts.

“We’re very excited for the opportunity to hold our first in-person board meeting during Commercial Drone Week this fall so that members can take advantage of all that Drone World Expo has to offer,” said Benoit Curdy, Secretary General of the Global UTM Association.

“The Commercial Drone Alliance always likes to hold events around DWE since so many stakeholders will already be in town for the event,” said Gretchen West, Senior Advisor, Hogan Lovells and Co-Executive Director of the Commercial Drone Alliance. “It’s a great and convenient way to meet face to face with our members and connect with so many new end users as well. We’re looking forward to seeing everyone during Commercial Drone Week.”

For developing details on Commercial Drone Week, visit

Registration is now open for Drone World Expo 2017 at From October 3-4 (pre-conference workshops October 2), the 3rd annual Drone World Expo will once again gather thousands of thought leaders in the Capital of Silicon Valley and will feature a robust exhibit floor, visionary keynote speakers, timely and industry-leading educational programs, and networking events. Drone World Expo is a business-to-business event, attracting over 3,000 professional attendees from media and entertainment, agriculture, construction, energy, oil and gas, utilities, law enforcement, security and public safety, fire/search and rescue, mapping and surveying, inspections, research and conservation, real estate, communications, parcel delivery, humanitarian organizations and more.

The full Drone World Expo conference is complimentary for qualified commercial and civil government end users. Registration is available at

For information about getting involved in Commercial Drone Week and exhibiting/sponsoring at Drone World Expo, contact Michael Driscoll at 203-416-1924 or

About Drone World Expo
Drone World Expo, the defining event for the commercial applications of UAS technology, will take place October 3-4 at the San Jose Convention Center in San Jose, CA. For general information, visit The event is produced by JD Events ( ), dedicated to the creation of targeted and innovative industry-leading events that deliver results.

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