Friday April 20, 2018 0 comments
DENVER -- AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2018, the largest trade show that brings together more than 8,500 unmanned systems industry leaders and forward-thinking users from the defense and commercial sectors to learn the latest on public policy, business solutions and technology applications, will take place in Denver April 30-May 3.
The annual trade show -- this year being held at the Colorado Convention Center -- will showcase dynamic programming to support STEM education and growing a future workforce.
“Unmanned systems technologies are poised to transform businesses, impact safety and security, improve health, and reshape the economy, but the only way to realize its full potential is to grow the industry’s current and future talent,” said Brian Wynne, president and CEO of the Virginia-based Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI).
“AUVSI is committed to creating opportunities at XPONENTIAL to inspire students, women, young professionals, and those new to unmanned systems with relevant and engaging programs to expand their skills, network with thought leaders, and see emerging technologies.” AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2018 will feature specialized programming designed to highlight STEM resources and provide future leaders with interactive and engaging content, including:
XBuild -- This buildathon/hackathon will task participants with developing solutions to address challenges facing unmanned systems. Teams will use critical thinking to conceive, design and build their inventions during a timed competition. XBuild will take place prior to XPONENTIAL. Final projects will be displayed on the XPONENTIAL show floor as a representation of innovation and collaboration.
Growing the Industry Hub -- AUVSI is steadfast in its mission to grow and groom the future unmanned systems workforce. This dedicated area in the XPONENTIAL exhibit hall will describe the STEM education programs and services supported by AUVSI and the AUVSI Foundation to foster and cultivate the next generation of innovators and leaders.
RoboNation -- Youth robotics is sweeping the nation as talented students design, build and participate in competitions with their robot creations. RoboNation is a series of student robotics competitions organized by the AUVSI Foundation as an investment in the development of aspiring engineers. During XPONENTIAL, an area of the show floor will be dedicated to showcasing the winners of these competitions.
RoboTour -- AUVSI will welcome middle and high school students from the Denver area to tour the AUVSI XPONENTIAL exhibit hall. The RoboTour will help this future generation of scientists and engineers learn about unmanned systems and introduce them to emerging technologies and trends.
Young Professionals Reception -- This networking session is for professionals who are new to unmanned systems to learn from the experience and guidance of seasoned leaders. It will also provide a unique opportunity for young professionals to meet and mentor students who are interested in joining the industry. The reception will be hosted in the Growing the Industry Hub.
Women and Diversity in Robotics -- At this session, attendees will meet in small groups to engage on emerging and impactful topics in the unmanned systems and robotics communities. The forum will feature speed networking with thought leaders to review STEM opportunities for career-focused women and girls.
In addition to the STEM programming, XPONENTIAL 2018 will feature more than 200 educational sessions and an exhibit hall with more than 725 cutting-edge companies from around the world, providing information about the future of unmanned systems policy, technology, business solutions, and trending topics.
For more information and to register, visit xponential.org.
Denver-based Aeryon Labs Inc. will be the premier sponsor for the first-ever AUVSI Public Safety UAS Forum scheduled for May 1-2 at XPONENTIAL 2018.
The two-day forum, co-produced by AUVSI and the National Public Safety UAS Council (NPCSU), will cover various public safety topics from humanitarian response in the aftermath of disasters, to integrating UAS into police and fire service operations, search and rescue and more.
"From aiding in search and rescue operations, to streamlining traffic accident reconstructions, Aeryon’s high-performance Unmanned Aircraft Systems can be a game-changer for a wide range of public safety operations,” said John Bagocius, Aeryon’s VP of Public Safety Solutions in North America.
“We're working with fire and police agencies to build successful and growing UAS programs and we’re thrilled to help build a community for public safety UAS operators to share best practices and lessons learned.”
At various times during the XPO Aeryon will conduct live flight demonstrations in the outdoor drone demonstration area located on the top level of the the Denver Convention Center parking garage.
Those interested in viewing the outdoor flight demonstrations can find the full schedule here: https://goo.gl/9XyJFt.
Aeryon Labs has been named a finalist in the XCELLENCE Awards by AUVSI for their humanitarian and disaster relief work after Hurricane Irma.
Aeryon was selected from a pool of accomplished applicants as one of eight finalists for the Humanitarian Award, sponsored by DJI. Winners will be announced during the keynote session on May 3 at AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2018.
“The unmanned systems industry is innovating at an incredible rate and creating tremendous benefits for our economy, lifestyle and society,” said AUVSI president Wynne.
“The XCELLENCE awards give us a chance to recognize the companies and individuals who are propelling the industry into the future.”