DroneFocus Conference Kicks Off June 1 In Fargo

Unmanned aircraft systems industry members will gather Wednesday in Fargo for the second annual DroneFocus Conference.

Speakers are arriving from around the world to give their take on the fast-growing UAS industry. The event, organized by Emerging Prairie, is set to begin Wednesday morning with an welcome address by U.S. Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D.

I won’t be in attendance, but our sister paper, the Forum, will have a reporter on hand to cover the conference.

The schedule is below:

SESSION I

8:00 am – 8:30 am: Registration/Check-in & Coffee

8:35 am – 8:45 am: Welcome by Senator John Hoeven

8:45 am – 9:10 am: Ed Waggoner from NASA

9:10 am – 9:20 am: Lauren Smith from Northrop Grumman

9:20 am – 9:25 am: Alex Kube from Botlink

9:25 am – 9:30 am: Joey Schmidt from FlightPros

9:30 am – 9:35 am: Aaron Sykes from MAV Meetup

9:45 am – 10:15 am: BREAK

SESSION II

10:15 am – 10:35 am: Baptiste Tripard from SenseFly Inc

10:35 am – 10:45 am: JD Claridge from xCraft

10:45 am – 10:50 am: Jinger Zeng from Dronesmith

10:50 am – 10:55 am: Adam Spelhaug from Peterson Farm and Seed

10:55 am – 11:00 am: John Vislosky from Access Spectrum

11:00 am – 11:05 am: Matt Hayes from RDO Integrated Control

11:10 am – 11:15 am: Ed Adelman from Union Pacific

11:15 am – 11:30 am: Workshop pitches (3 minutes each)

11:30 am – 12:30 pm: Lunch (Dill Hill baseball diamond)

SESSION III

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm: Workshops (session 1)

1:30 pm – 2:15 pm: Workshops (session 2)

2:15 pm – 2:20 pm: Back to main stage

SESSION IV

2:20 pm – 2:40 pm: Chancellor Mark Hagerott from NDUS

2:40 pm – 2:50 pm: Paul Singh from Results Junkies

2:50 pm – 3:50 pm: Student Pitch Contest

4:00 pm – 4:30 pm: Rapid Pitch

4:30 pm: Conference Ends

SOCIAL & NETWORKING

4:30 pm – 5:30 pm: Conference Social

5:30 pm – 7:00 pm: StartUp Drinks in the Atrium