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  • Writer's pictureTyesha Ferron

3 Reasons You Should Be Attending AUVSI XPONENTIAL in Chicago This Year

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The UAV industry is growing in size and advancements, resulting in the desire to share ideas and progress with a wide number of people. Thus, conferences have also increased in number and participants. There are several conferences every year dedicated to drones and the UAV industry, and they are a great place for discussions, networking, and learning something new.

For Spring, one of the largest conferences for business and technology is AUVSI XPONENTIAL. This conference will be held from April 29th to May 2nd and will feature hundreds of participants from around the world in more than 20 industries and have many workshops and panels to discuss current topics in the UAV industry. By attending, you will have access to “8,500 technologists, regulators and users across commercial and defense sectors to learn how other industries are using unmanned systems to expand business capabilities, increase efficiency, and make a difference."

Read on to learn about a few of the events that make the conference worth attending.

To start, there will be a seminar on the first day of the conference called “Droneport Seminar: Unlocking the Potential in Your Community”. The Droneport Seminar will be an informational session on creating a community of companies that operate drone fleets. Through the efforts of the DronePort Network, the Unmanned Aerial Systems Cluster Initiative (UASCI), and the U.S. Small Business Administration, bringing together businesses that can benefit from having a Droneport facility to handle the logistics involved in flying fleets of drones. This seminar will be held on Monday, April 19th from 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM and will feature a panel of droneport project managers.

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On Tuesday, April 30th, there will be a discussion forum called “Women and Diversity in Robotics”. The forum will be facilitated by Sara Blackmer, president of RAVE Computer and will feature Rumi Morales, a partner at Outlier Ventures, as keynote speaker. The 45-minute discussion will be led, in groups, by 8 women who are working in the industry.

On Wednesday, May 1st, there will be a strategic marketing workshop called “Get Your Drone Business Off The Ground”. This workshop is complimentary for all XPONENTIAL attendees but requires pre-registration. The discussion will cover topics such as target audiences, marketing budgets, and measuring results. The ultimate goal of this workshop is for participants to leave with “the essential building blocks to effectively position their services in a growing market and build a thriving business.”

Those are just a few of the events being offered. Check out the conference schedule for more events that may interest you. If you’re interested in attending the conference, use code WWDXPO19 to save on registration! You can use this link to register.


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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