First Day of Drone World Expo Exceeds Expectations

by | Nov 18, 2015

SAN JOSE, CA, November 18, 2015 ” A standing room only crowd listened intently to a dynamic panel of government leaders and industry executives on the challenges, implementations, timelines and industry involvement around UAS technology at the opening day of the inaugural Drone World Expo. Following the keynote, the show floor opened where 75 exhibiting companies showcased the newest technology and services for end users and drone professionals.

Panelists on the UTM Update panel included (left to right) moderator Gretchen West, Senior Advisory of Innovation and Technology, Hogan Lovells; Mark “Hoot” Gibson, Senior Advisory on UAS Integration, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA); David Famolari, Director, Verizon Ventures; Parimal “PK” Kopardekar, Manager, Safe Autonomous System Operations (SASO) Project, NASA; and Dave Vos, Project Wing Project Lead, Google X.

Marke “Hoot” Gibson, Senior Advisor of UAS Integration, Federal Aviation Administration, said, “We have begun to embrace the greatest revolution in aviation in our lifetime which is changing the way we at the FAA think and collaborate with industry.”

In addition to the keynote and a full day of conference sessions, Brendan Schulman, DJI’s director of Policy announced that DJI will begin offering a new “geofencing” safety system that the company says will better keep drones out of restricted areas. “By default, starting in December, users of DJI-brand drones will not be able to enter into, or take off from, areas like prisons or power plants. The company says the system – called Geospatial Environment Online, and powered by a company called AirMap – will also be constantly updated with new information on restrictions, which will prevent drones from entering zones with shifting security needs, like stadium events or wildfire areas,” Schulman stated.

Drone World Expo continues today at the San Jose Convention Center, with another dynamic day of education sessions, exhibits, demonstrations and networking. The event kicks off at 9 am with a keynote presentation by John L. Petersen, Chairman, The Charles A. and Anne Morrow Lindbergh Foundation, who will present “Drones for Good: Using UAS to Stop the Slaughter of Rhino and Elephants in Africa.” The trade show floor will be open from 10 am to 5 pm and there will be live flying demonstrations, and presentations in the Tech Talk Theater.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 18th Highlights:

  • TechTalks (10:15 am – 3:15 pm) – Hear from innovators who are taking drone technology to the next level speak on topics including FAA Compliance Automation Challenges and Benefits, Drones with 3D Depth Data, and Drones are the New iPhone.  Click here  for the full schedule.
  • Live Flying Demonstrations (10:30 am – 3:30 pm)- Join us at the demo cage in the Exhibit Hall to see how featured exhibitors’ drones fly!  Demos by DJI: Matrice 100, Amimon: CONNEX, and Riderlessâ„¢ Aerotech: Sentry – Personal Aerial Support System.  Click here for the full schedule.
  • Special Book Signing (2:00 pm in DJI Booth 301) – Eric Cheng will signing copies of his new book, “Aerial Photography and Videography Using Drones”. DJI will be announcing the winner of their Phantom 3 Standard at 3:00 pm.
  • Networking Reception (4:00 – 5:00 pm) – Join all attendees in the Exhibit Hall to recap at the end of the event.

Location, Dates and Hours:

San Jose Convention Center, Hall 3, 150 W San Carlos St, San Jose, CA 95113

Wednesday, November 18, 2016 – 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Drone World Expo, the defining event for the commercial applications of UAS technology, will take place November 17-18, 2015 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.


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