The Drone Tech Conference

By 2030 UK drone industry will be worth an extra £42bn for UK GDP, create an extra 628000 jobs in the UK, and there could be a potential of 76000 drones in operation according to a study by PWC. The industry is incredibly innovative, has the potential to not only save lives and reduce pressure on the NHS, lessen environmental impact and affect almost every industry active today, from manufacture, to commerce, to entertainment. But regulations are important due to concerns regarding privacy, security and criminal activity.

This event will provide an opportunity to identify how we can build on the positives of the industry while examining potential threats.
 We have therefore invited speakers and guests, including policymakers, innovators, corporates and representatives from drone tech groups and UAV professional organisations, to join this discussion and establish a shared vision on the future of UAV technology in the UK. 

Speakers Include:

Kathy Nothstine, Nesta, Lead- Future Cities
Flying High is a collaborative engagement with cities, technologists and researchers, regulators, government, public services and citizens to shape the future of urban drone use in the UK to meet local needs. We have spent the past two years on research, engagement and challenge design, and later this year aim to launch the innovation challenge phase of the project, to engage cities, the drone and aviation industry, the public and service users to develop urban drone services and demonstrate in real-world cities in the UK. 

Elaine Whyte, PWC, Drone Lead
Elaine has formed a drones specialist team at PwC. Taking the advantages of Air Power to business, Elaine is advising clients on how to position and exploit this emerging technology to achieve a real competitive advantage. Keen to develop drones as a ‘Technology for Good’, Elaine is motivated to drive benefits for society and gain the support that is needed to put the UK at the leading edge of development.

James Dunthorne, Head of Standards, ARPAS
ARPAS-UK is the professional body and trade association for the fast evolving RPAS industry, working on behalf of its members to influence regulation and promote safe operational best practice.

Gemma Alcock, CEO, SkyBound Rescuer
Gemma Alcock is an award-winning innovator and respected thought-leader in the use of drones for emergency response and public safety. Gemma was selected in a prestigious competition as the woman making the most difference in drones for search and rescue (SAR) around the world, receiving the title of the ‘Woman to Watch in UAS 2018’. She is truly committed to and passionate about creating a future in which drones will routinely be a tool for saving lives.

Tim Spink, Operations Director, Drone Major Group
The worlds first company to provide specialist services to Buyers of drones & drone related equipment including advice & strategic consultancy.

Duncan Walker, Skyports, MD
Skyports own and operate vertiports, landing areas for passenger and cargo carrying drones and operate an end to end drone delivery service.

Andy Sage, Head of Drones, NATS
NATS is the UK’s leading provider of air traffic control services. Each year we handle 2.4 million flights and 250 million passengers in UK airspace. 

Paul Rigby, CEO and Co-Founder, Consortiq

 Paul was formerly part of the UK Government Department for Transport sUAS Strategy working group advising on the formative process behind the UK Public Consultation. Also advising Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Drone Industry Action Group (DIAG) and the UK Civil Aviation Authority Regulation Action Group. He advised government on the formative process behind the public consultation and how to exploit the sUAS for benefits of UK PLC. He was the Legislation Officer for 3 terms for the trade body ARPAS-UK and leads Consortiq, who have trained over 1000 drone pilots in the UK and USA counting the FBI, BBC and NOAA amongst their clients.

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