Drone Focus

Drone Focus Conference – May 31-June 1, 2017

Curious about the world of autonomous vehicles and UAS? Looking to connect with other professionals in the industry? Join us for the 3rd annual Drone Focus conference in Fargo, North Dakota. This conference is designed to serve as a platform for you to build your business, your knowledge and simply get you in a room to network with fellow enthusiasts and learn more about what’s going on in our region. Wondering how that’s possible? Take a peek into our event highlights:

  • Drone Focus Film Festival – With submissions from all over the world, prepare to be transported to a variety of destinations, packed full of incredible shots all filmed from drones. Plus, if you’re a Drone Focus attendee, you’ll get two votes towards your favorite film.
  • Part 107 training – The Fargo Jet Center has partnered with Drone Focus to offer Part 107 training for conference attendees at a discounted rate the day before and after the conference. Just think, all the money you’ll save by signing up for the class, you can put towards the purchase of your next drone.
  • National Autonomous Vehicle Day – May 31st is officially being announced at Drone Focus as National Autonomous Vehicle Day with our friends at National Day Calendar. Yes, it’s a big deal. And yes, we’re trying to get Elon Musk to attend. (Speaking of, if you have any connections to our hopeful guest, let us know. Asking for a friend…)
  • Industry Professionals – We are bringing together experts from all areas of the unmanned system’s spectrum. From drone use in construction to an autonomous vehicle friendly corridor and autonomous tractors, we will have something for every attendee. Check out our speaker lineup below.
  • Student Pitches – Students are invited to pitch their latest drone or unmanned systems idea for a chance to win a $5,000 grant within the state of North Dakota.

As you may have gathered, this isn’t your typical conference. You’ll not only get to hear from industry professionals, but you’ll have opportunities to interact with them and others in the room. Chances are, you’ll spend more time networking than sitting in a chair. With intentional breaks woven into the schedule, this conference is all about connection. Connection to your next business partner. Connection to someone who shares your love for the industry. Connection to an ecosystem looking to help leverage your ideas. Will you join us?

Schedule of Events

May 31st – June 1st: Drone Focus Conference will start early morning on May 31st and wrap up around noon on June 1st.

June 1st: Drone Focus Film Festival will be held following Drone Focus Conference (included with the all-inclusive pass).

Drone Focus Conference Presenters

Drone Focus Conference National Student Pitch Contest

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DroneFocusCon’17 will again feature a student pitch competition. Students are invited to form a team and compete with a project, in which the only criteria is that it be innovation in the drone or unmanned systems industry.  This can mean developing an attachable camera to building an actual new-and-improved drone itself. This program is designed and led by Innovation Fellows at North Dakota State University’s Research and Tech Park.

Competitors are expected to develop teams, research their idea, and present it in a short 3-5 minute pitch on the day of the conference. Following the presentation, there will be a Q & A session with the judges as well.

Each  pitch should include:

1. Team Introductions.
2. An explanation or demo of your idea.
3. Who is your potential consumer?
4. What are your measures for success?
5. What are your next steps?

Read this article about last year’s competition for more details and register your team here.

*$5,000 funding is only valid within the state of North Dakota. Additional prizes are currently being secured.

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Drone Focus Conference is located at the Fargo Civic Center which is conveniently attached to the Radisson Fargo through the skyway system.

Hotel rooms are now available at the Radisson (201 5th St N, Fargo, ND 58102), located just a short walk through the skyway from the Civic Center. Ask about the DRONE FOCUS room block and rate of $134. Limited rooms available: May 30 – June 1, 2017. Rooms must be booked by April 30th to receive the group rate.

Click here to book your room. 
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Travel

Delta Air Lines is pleased to offer airfares for your event travel. Refer to your Meeting Code NMQ6Z to purchase your tickets and your negotiated discount may be applied.

Reservations and ticketing are available via www.delta.com/meeting or by calling our Delta Meeting Network Reservations at 800-328-1111.

When booking online, select Book Your Flight and this will bring you to the Book A Flight page. Enter the meeting code NMQ6Z in the box provided.

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