AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2020—A Look at This Year’s 6 Co-Located Events
BY Zacc Dukowitz17 September 2020
AUVSI ‘s annual XPONENTIAL conference is less than a month away—the conference will run from October 5 through October 8—and it’s stacking up to be a great event.
The conference has been moved to a virtual format due to the ongoing global pandemic, but it will still feature lots of high-quality keynotes, educational tracks, and interactive sessions.
In this article, we’re going to highlight the six co-located events happening at XPONENTIAL 2020. These are in-depth events hosted by a third party, and include organizations as diverse as DRONERESPONDERS, Embry Riddle, and the Dronereport Network.
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AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2020’s Six Co-Located Events
The keynotes and diverse educational tracks at EXPONENTIAL 2020 will provide attendees with lots of opportunities to learn about various aspects of the drone industry, but in a shorter format—talks and sessions typically run about 1-2 hours.
Co-located events, on the other hand, are daylong workshops designed to provide an in-depth look at specialized topics related to drones.
If you’re in law enforcement and just getting started with building your drone program, attending one of the public safety co-located events might be a good way to help you get started.
Or if you’re interested in adding mapping to your list of drone pilots skills—or beefing up your existing skill set—the ASPRS co-located event might be for you.
Keep reading to learn about all six co-located events offered at XPONENTIAL 2020.
1. APSA PUBLIC SAFETY DRONE SYMPOSIUM
Monday, October 5 | 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM ET
The Airborne Public Safety Association (APSA), the premier provider of public safety aviation training for 50 years, presents four classes from its annual Public Safety Drone Expo. It will cover topics including safety management systems (SMS) for public safety drone operations, drone operations at law enforcement tactical incidents, use of public safety drones during COVID-19, and standard test methods for public safety drone pilots. You will be able to visit APSA’s virtual booth with the Virtual XPO Hall Pass included in your registration. As an added bonus for registering for this co-located event, a 1-year APSA membership is included for nonmembers.
2. HIGH-ACCURACY MAPPING WITH UAS: STANDARDS, PRINCIPLES, AND BEST PRACTICES
Monday, October 5 | 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM ET
Learn basic principles of mapping and avoid missing out on the latest technology advances. Benefit from having someone explain system design, best practices, and quality control processes step-by-step, in simple terms, without a lot of equations and complicated jargon. Hear from geospatial professionals with years of practical experience who are now working on the “bleeding edge,” using UAS to produce accurate products that meet client expectations.
3. DRONEPORTS: UNLOCKING ECONOMIC POTENTIAL FOR YOUR COMMUNITY
Monday, October 5 | 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM ET
Discover how Droneports are becoming an epicenter for regional UAS activities. Learn from industry leaders and visionary communities about how Droneports are serving as nodes for testing, training, and commercial drone operations by obtaining permissions for flight, and providing facilities for housing, maintenance, fueling, piloting of fleets, and more.
4. GLOBAL PUBLIC SAFETY UAS SUMMIT
Monday, October 5 – Thursday, October 8 | 10:30 AM – 5:00 PM ET
As we enter a new decade of unmanned vehicle systems, first responders around the world are embracing the notion of using the sky to help save lives and property. Unmanned aircraft systems are quickly evolving the way all types of public safety agencies and organizations operate. Yet there is still much to be discovered as this amazing new technology comes into the mainstream.
5. ERAU TOP LEVEL 1 CERTIFICATION
Monday, October 5 – Online Course (Ends November 1, 2020)
The AUVSI Trusted Operator Program (TOP) Level 1 Certification Workshop is designed for certified remote pilots and is now available as an online course at XPONENTIAL 2020. The Level 1 certification workshop covers low-risk operations under the FAA’s small UAS rule (Part 107), such as flights during the day, below 400 feet, and away from people. This is an online, instructor-facilitated course. Although this course is being offered during XPONENTIAL 2020, students will have 4 weeks to complete all of the coursework. The official end date is November 1, 2020.
6. UAS WEATHER FORUM
Monday, October 5 | 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET
The UAS Weather Forum provides a platform for UAS operators, federal and state agencies, weather researchers and providers, trade groups, safety and insurance groups, UAS manufacturers, and others to discuss all aspects related to weather and UAS operations.
Want to attend XPONENTIAL 2020? Register for the conference here.
Make sure to use code UAVCXPO20 to get $5 off admission to the XPO hall and $50 off admission to the full conference.