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Have You Heard About InterDrone?

Less than a month from now, thousands of people from around the world will be gathering to participate in InterDrone 2018. From September 5th to the 7th, InterDrone will be holding their conference at the Rio Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. InterDrone is an annual international drone conference and exposition that started in 2015, making this year the 4th conference EVER. It serves as a networking event where people in the UAV industry can connect with their peers and stay up to date with drone news. The conference is attended by drone pilots, UAV manufacturers, videographers and more. It is the largest commercial drone event in North America.

At InterDrone, attendees can participate in courses, special events, and workshops. To keep you up to date in the latest drone news, there will be over 110 panels, sessions workshops, courses, and keynotes. Attendees can participate in special industry-specific tracks to personalize their conference experience. Even though the conference begins on Wednesday the 5th, On Tuesday, there is a pre-conference workshop led by Enrico Schaefer and tony Sauerbrey. It is an all-day session that focuses on essential focus areas of the part 107 certification test.

To kick off the conference, Daniel K. Elwell and Michael Chasen will be this year’s grand opening keynote speakers. Elwell is the Acting Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and Michael Chasen is the CEO of PrecisionHawk.

Highlights include the exposition floor and the Women in Drones Luncheon, which was spearheaded to connect women in the drone industry. InterDrone’s expo floor will house over 160 exhibitors, including drone manufacturers, sellers and solutions providers. The luncheon consists of a panel of leading women. On this year's panel will be Lia Reich (VP Marketing-Communications at PrecisionHawk), Sharon Rossmark (CEO and Founder of Women and Drones), and Mariah Scott (President of Skyward, A Verizon Company). Suzanne Lemieux will moderate the discussion.

There is also the InterDrone Film Festival to look forward to. Each year InterDrone hosts a short film festival with submissions filmed using only drones. Submissions for this year’s competition closed July 9th, and winners will be announced at the InterDrone Film Festival reception on September 5th. Creators from all over the world submit their work in the following categories:

  1. Natural Wonders

  2. Cityscapes and Architecture

  3. Action/Extreme Sports

  4. Reel

  5. Real Estate & Resort Marketing

  6. Special Events (wedding, sweet 16, etc.)

  7. Breaking/Live News

  8. Best Overall

Each category has its own winner, and there is a people’s choice winner. You can view last year’s winning submissions here.

If you want to be a part of this year’s InterDrone, there are several types of registration for you to decide from. Passes range from $85 to $980 depending on what you want to get out of the conference. August 24th is the current cutoff for an early registration discount. Participants attending as students, on behalf of schools or nonprofits may be eligible special rates. Check pricing for passes here and register here.


I am a writer and an artist based in Georgia. Specializing in illustration, graphic design, and video art, I love to explore the new ways technology intersects with art. I think drones have done amazing things for photography and video art, making what would previously be costly and difficult more accessible. As a complete novice, it was only recently that I saw what independent artists could do with their drones, and I continue to be impressed by the sights that drones are able to explore and the images they can capture. Instagram: @tyesha.ferron

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