The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International predicts that within 10 years, drones will create approximately 100,000 new jobs in the US alone, and around US$82 billion in economic value.
Drones are being utilized by an increasing number of industry sectors, for all kinds of different applications. Drones, therefore, will almost certainly soon become as ubiquitous as smartphones are today.
Get ready for some "bluesky thinking"! This event will not only be concerned with how drones are being used today, but also what this incredible technology may become used for tomorrow. You may think the sky is the limit, but who knows? Maybe one day, instead of using nanosatellites (nanosats), we will all be able to own and operate drones that are capable of going to outer space!
One thing's for sure, within the near term, drones will cause major disruption across many different industry sectors. Here are some examples, Agriculture: crop management using GPS and big data to boost crop yields and reduce water consumption.
Insurance: streamlining and reducing the cost of claims post-catastrophe, weeding out fraudulent (agricultural) claims.
Healthcare: medicines, bandages, and defibrillators will be transported to remote locations for first aid. Drones could also be programmed to administer medications to patients with life-threatening communicable diseases.
Emergency response: Drone swarms will be capable of detecting tiny changes to the atmosphere or surrounding environments to predict earthquakes, floods, fires, hurricanes etc.
Please have a think about how you believe drones will be used in the future, and get ready to join the conversation!
19.15 - 19:30 WELCOME/OPEN FORUM
Simon Montford, Founder WEB3//IOT @simonmontford
19:30 - 19:50 Paul Georgie (GeoGeo)
GeoGeo aims to promote and develop the use of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) - covering projects and programmes in Rural Development, Public Health, Natural Resource Management and Environmental Sustainability. Paul uses drones to carry out earth observation, and will talk about the future of geography and 3D smart atlas thinking.
19:50 - 20:10 Wil Wilson (AW2 Consulting Ltd)
Wil is an ex-military analyst, who specialises in technological convergence and disruption. During his 20+ years as a security, resilience and intelligence specialist in the RAF, he operated across the Middle East, South Asia, West Africa and the South Atlantic. He is, therefore, uniquely qualified to explain how technological convergence will impact the commercial UAV sector.
Among other things, Wil will talk about the difference between military-grade drones, that are heavily influenced by the aerospace sector, and the new breed of highly dynamic, and potentially disruptive, mass-produced drones that burst onto the scene only recently, as a result of rapid innovations within the consumer electronics sector. He will then explain how he believes these competing ideologies will converge to spawn the next generation of far more capable, fully autonomous "thinking" drones.
20.10 - 20:30 Craig Roberts (Cyberhawk)
Cyberhawk Innovations is the world leader in aerial inspection using Remotely Operated Aerial Vehicles (ROAVs), also known as Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). Cyberhawk conduct close visual and thermal inspections of industrial assets both on- and off-shore such as flares, wind turbines and electricity pylons. Cyberhawk also delivers state-of-the-art aerial land surveying solutions, for example using photogrammetry to deliver orthophotos and digital elevation models (DEMs). Serving the oil & gas, utility and renewables industries, Cyberhawk has successfully delivered its innovative services in the UK, mainland Europe, Middle East and Asia.
20:30 - 20:50 Panel Discussion / Q&A
20:50 - 21:30 NETWORKING & DRINKS
Topics: Drones, UAVs, UAS, ROAV, RPAS, ROV, automated vehicle, DJI, Parrot, 3D Robotics, autonomous vehicle, AI, GPS, Gyro, Sensors, 802.15.4, Arduino, Raspberry Pi, Kickstarter, Indiegogo, Artificial Intelligence, Crowdfunding, Maker Revolution, 3D Printing, Laser cutters, CNC, Microcontroller-based kits, Machine Vision, OpenData, Smart City, Smart Cities, Smart Home, Smart City, Big Data, Robotics.