What Does Creating an Advisory Board do for the InterDrone Conference?
That’s the question that we explore in this show with Katie Flash of InterDrone and Romeo Durscher of DJI and a member of the InterDrone Industry Advisory Board. In March, InterDrone announced the formation of an advisory board, consisting of 19-members from industry-leading companies, analysts and former FAA employees and administrators. According to the press release, the board will assist conference organizers with program development and speaker selection to ensure the most comprehensive schedule of commercial drone training during this year’s event. In this episode of the Drone Radio Show, Katie and Romeo talk about the Industry Advisory Board and how it will shape this year’s InterDrone Conference. They give us an update on the plans for the conference, as well as share their experiences of making InterDrone a premier drone event.
In This Episode
- Introduction. Katie Flash is the Content Director for InterDrone and Romeo Durscher the Director of Public Safety Integration at DJI and a member of the InterDrone Industry Advisory Board.
- About InterDrone. IntroDrone is the premier commercial drone conference and exposition in North America, with more than 120 sessions and keynotes. The event attracts drone operators, buyers, manufacturers and developers. The program content runs the gamut and includes hardware and software tracks, a business track and regulations. People choose to attend InterDrone for a variety of reasons, including seeing cutting edge technology, attending training sessions, and getting high quality content.
- Conference Details. InterDrone 2018 will be held a the Rio Hotel and Suites in Las Vegas on September 5-7.
- InterDrone Industry Advisory Board. Over the past four years, InterDrone has become increasingly professional, and conference organizers wanted to ensure that they were catering to each sector in the space. An Advisory Board provides a technical resource is selecting program content, speakers and panelists to ensure attendees get the information that will support their goals. The Advisory Board is comprised of the following:
- Michael Blades–Frost & Sullivan
- Robert Blair–Three Canyon Farms
- Rick Bohlman–Go Professional Cases
- Anthony DeMolina–Los Angeles County Regional Training Center
- Romeo Durscher–DJI
- Marke “Hoot” Gibson–NUAIR Alliance
- Steve Gitlin–AeroVironment
- Craig Glover–PowerVision Robotics
- Michael P. Huerta–MPH Consulting, LLC
- Kevin Kelly–Stampede
- Richard Lopez–Hensel Phelps Construction Co.
- Derek Lyons–Beyond The Drone
- Mark McKinnon–LeClair Ryan
- Dr. Gregory S. McNeal–AirMap
- Art Pregler–AT&T
- Lia Reich–PrecisionHawk
- Jennifer Richter–Akin Gump Strauss Hauer and Feld
- Colin Snow–Skylogic Research, LLC
- Jim Williams–JHW Unmanned Solutions
- Conference Evolution. The first InterDrone was more about the hobby and consumer markets, and the over the past few years, the focus shifted to the professional and commercial industry sectors. No longer sharing potential applications, InterDrone now showcases successful applications from several industry sectors.
- Industry Challenges and InterDrone. Katie and Romeo talk about how InterDrone will address current industry challenges and questions. Training sessions will be longer o allow attendees to delve deeper into the content. Because the industry changes so quickly, it’s a challenge for conference organizers to stay current deliver desired content. One challenge facing the industry today is what to do with all of the data that is being collected and compiled by drones. InterDrone will have sessions on data collection and analysis directed at this challenge.
- InterDrone Program. Katie and the InterDrone team are still putting the conference program together. Program details can be viewed at www.interdrone.com.
- Advice to Attendees. Romeo advises attendees to make sure they make the time to socialize, as he feels it one of the most beneficial pieces of any conference. They should make a point to ask questions and connect with speakers. There are a lot of different classes, so choose the ones that will further your goals, and don’t forget opportunities after the conference to connect with people, form friendships and alliances and to share information.
- Closing. Katie hopes anyone attending InterDrone feels like they’ve learned something that they can apply in the field the very next day. She also hopes people will want to return to another InterDrone conference.
- InterDrone (www.interdrone.com)