Joshua Riedy, of Airtonomy, will be highlighting the unique opportunity they have at 1 Million Cups Fargo on October 9 at Microsoft Commons Building. Join him at the talk from 9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.


Meet Joshua

Joshua Riedy, Founder and CEO of Airtonomy, graduated from South Dakota State University with a baccalaureate and master degrees. He received his doctorate degree from University of South Dakota. He is a dedicated college football fan who thoroughly enjoys when his South Dakota State Jackrabbits beat the North Dakota State Bison! Joshua explains that “giving everything to make dreams a reality” is the reason that he is excited about going to work every day! 


About Airtonomy

Airtonomy was founded by Joshua Riedy, Traviss Desell, and Jim Higgins. Airtonomy was founded and is headquartered in North Dakota and focuses on “leveraging innovative technology, advanced computing, and data management.” Airtonomy has a fearless goal of being the first company the Federal Aviation Administration to approve the flying of drones autonomously right here in North Dakota. Joshua explains, “Airtonomy is building a reusable platform for sensor data, aerial imagery in particular. Our vision is a comprehensive solution for generalists that offers time, cost, and accuracy advantages over existing options. Ultimately, Airtonomy seeks to be allowed to operate autonomous systems remotely.” Airtionomy helps those who need to use drones, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and computer vision as a tool. Joshua says, “they can significantly increase actionable intelligence while improving safety amongst many other aspects.” Airtonomy’s concept was created from the first key grant awarded by the National Science Foundation’s Midwest Big Data Hub in 2016. Since then, it has become a passion, “taking a theoretical concept to commercialization.” Even though being a company from North Dakota that relies on artificial intelligence, machine learning, and computer vision is a distinctive challenge, playing a role in a collaborative community to make history by doing what nobody else has done before is worth it to Joshua.


Event Details

Joshua is excited to talk at 1 Million Cups Fargo about how defining ourselves can change the world. He expresses the importance of helping others become successful and being successful himself. It’s important to note that this talk will take place at the Microsoft Commons Building in Fargo, North Dakota. The best route to get to the location will be to enter off 42nd Street. It will still take place from 9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Once attendees enter through the Commons Building’s main entrance they will be greeted with welcomes and directions. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early to ensure a parking space on Microsoft day. 

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