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AUVSI’s XPONENTIAL 2016 Convenes in New Orleans, May 2 to 5

John Chambers to Speak at AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2016

Amazon Prime Air Co-Founder to Speak at AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2016

Leaders from U.S. Army, Navy to Lead Sessions at AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2016

Fifteen Startups to Compete at AUVSI's XPONENTIAL 2016

Award-winning Journalist Miles O'Brien to Host AUVSI's XPONENTIAL 2016

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AUVSI’s XPONENTIAL 2016 Convenes in New Orleans, May 2 to 5

Thousands of leaders and professionals in robotics and unmanned systems to attend largest trade show for the industry

ARLINGTON, Va. — The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) will host XPONENTIAL 2016, the largest trade show for the unmanned systems and robotics industry, from May 2 to 5 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. Over 8,000 industry leaders and professionals from more than 55 countries will come together to discuss the latest innovations in the unmanned systems market.

The exhibit hall will showcase over 600 cutting-edge companies, representing more than 20 industries. XPONENTIAL 2016 will offer over 200 educational sessions, providing information about the future of unmanned systems policy, regulations and technology. It will also feature for the first time the Startup Showdown, with $15,000 in cash prizes and mentorship opportunities for early-stage companies. The Innovation Hub, which includes educational programming such as poster sessions and “beyond the booth” presentations, is returning for another edition of the trade show.

Award-winning journalist Miles O’Brien, the science correspondent for PBS NewsHour, will host XPONENTIAL. Keynote speakers will include Michael P. Huerta, administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration; Gen. David G. Perkins, commander of the United States Army Training and Doctrine Command; Gur Kimchi, co-founder and vice president of Amazon Prime Air; and John Chambers, executive chairman of the board of Cisco Systems.

In addition, the conference will convene a general session panel of industry thought leaders discussing the future of unmanned systems. U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo, chairman of the House aviation subcommittee; Frank Kelley, deputy assistant secretary of the U.S. Navy for Unmanned Systems; Marke Gibson, senior advisor for UAS integration at the FAA; and Dr. John Cavolowsky, director of NASA’s Airspace Systems Program, will serve on the panel, which will be moderated by AUVSI president and CEO Brian Wynne.

Complimentary registration is provided to the media to cover XPONENTIAL 2016. For more information, contact Tom McMahon at tmcmahon@auvsi.org or (571) 255-7786. For more information about XPONENTIAL 2016, visit www.xponential.org.


John Chambers to Speak at AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2016

Cisco executive board chairman to address largest trade show for unmanned systems and robotics industry in New Orleans on May 3

ARLINGTON, Va. — John Chambers, executive chairman of the board and former president and CEO of Cisco Systems, will address a general session at AUVSI’s XPONENTIAL 2016, the largest trade show for the unmanned systems and robotics industry. Chambers will deliver a keynote to industry leaders at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans on Tuesday, May 3 at 9 a.m. CDT.

As Cisco’s executive chairman of the board, Chambers holds key areas of responsibility that include focusing on building relationships with government and business leaders, shareholders, and board members. He also advises the company on strategy, digital transformation, security and strategic partnerships, and other areas.

Chambers became president and CEO of Cisco in 1995 and chairman of the board in 2006. He helped grow the company from $70 million when he joined Cisco in January 1991, to $1.2 billion when he assumed the role of CEO, to $47 billion last year when he became executive board chairman. In March, he joined the board of Airware, a complete enterprise drone solutions company in San Francisco.

Chambers joins Gur Kimchi, co-founder and vice president of Amazon Prime Air; Gen. David G. Perkins, commander of the United States Army Training and Doctrine Command; and Michael P. Huerta, administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration as a keynote speaker at XPONENTIAL.

The conference also will include a general session panel of industry thought leaders discussing the future of unmanned systems. U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo, chairman of the House aviation subcommittee; Frank Kelley, deputy assistant secretary of the U.S. Navy for Unmanned Systems; Marke Gibson, senior advisor for UAS integration at the FAA; and Dr. John Cavolowsky, director of NASA’s Airspace Systems Program, will serve on the panel, which will be moderated by AUVSI president and CEO Brian Wynne.

XPONENTIAL 2016 will take place from May 2 to 5 and offer over 200 educational sessions, providing information about the future of unmanned systems policy, regulations and technology. The XPONENTIAL exhibit hall will showcase over 600 cutting-edge companies, representing more than 20 industries. Award-winning journalist Miles O’Brien, the science correspondent for PBS NewsHour, will serve as the host of XPONENTIAL.

Complimentary registration is provided to the media to cover XPONENTIAL 2016. For more information, contact Tom McMahon at tmcmahon@auvsi.org or (571) 255-7786. For more information about XPONENTIAL 2016, visit www.xponential.org.


Amazon Prime Air Co-Founder to Speak at AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2016

Gur Kimchi to address largest trade show for unmanned systems and robotics industry

ARLINGTON, Va. — Gur Kimchi, co-founder and vice president of Amazon Prime Air, will deliver a keynote presentation at AUVSI’s XPONENTIAL 2016, the largest trade show for the unmanned systems and robotics industry. Kimchi will address a general session of industry leaders from around the world at the conference in New Orleans on Tuesday, May 3 at 9 a.m.

Prime Air is Amazon’s future UAS delivery system, designed to safely transport packages to customers in 30 minutes or less. Amazon is currently testing several Prime Air prototypes at facilities in the United States and around the world. In his role as co-founder and vice president, Kimchi leads a growing team of aviation, robotics, hardware and software experts in the development of Prime Air vehicles, systems and operations.

Kimchi joins John T. Chambers, executive chairman and former CEO of Cisco Systems; General David G. Perkins, commander of the United States Army Training and Doctrine Command; and Michael P. Huerta, administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration as a keynote speaker at XPONENTIAL.

XPONENTIAL 2016 also will include a general session panel of industry thought leaders discussing the future of unmanned systems. U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo, chairman of the House aviation subcommittee; Frank Kelley, deputy assistant secretary of the U.S. Navy for Unmanned Systems; Marke Gibson, senior advisor for UAS integration at the FAA; and Dr. John Cavolowsky, director of NASA’s Airspace Systems Program, will serve on the panel, which will be moderated by AUVSI President and CEO Brian Wynne.

XPONENTIAL 2016 will take place at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans from May 2 to 5 and offer over 200 educational sessions, providing information about the future of unmanned systems policy, regulations and technology. The XPONENTIAL exhibit hall will showcase over 600 cutting-edge companies, representing more than 20 industries. Award-winning journalist Miles O’Brien, the science correspondent for PBS NewsHour, will serve as the host of XPONENTIAL.

Complimentary registration is provided to the media to cover XPONENTIAL 2016. For more information, contact Tom McMahon at tmcmahon@auvsi.org or (571) 255-7786. For more information about XPONENTIAL 2016, visit www.xponential.org.


Leaders from U.S. Army, Navy to Lead Sessions at AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2016

Gen. David G. Perkins, commander of Training and Doctrine Command, and Frank Kelley, deputy assistant secretary of the Navy for Unmanned Systems, to address largest trade show for unmanned systems industry

ARLINGTON, Va. — Senior officials from the U.S. Army and U.S. Navy will deliver keynote presentations at AUVSI’s XPONENTIAL 2016, the largest trade show for the unmanned systems and robotics industry. Gen. David G. Perkins, commander, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC), will speak on Tuesday, May 3. Frank Kelley, deputy assistant secretary of the Navy for Unmanned Systems, will speak on Thursday, May 5.

Gen. Perkins assumed duties as commander of TRADOC on March 14, 2014, after serving as commander of the United States Army Combined Arms Center (USACAC) in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Perkins was the 21st commander of USACAC from November 2011 to February 2014, where he headed efforts to synchronize leader development across the Army, the management of the Army’s training support and development enterprises, and the development and integration of the U.S. Army’s war doctrine.

As deputy assistant secretary of the Navy for Unmanned Systems, Kelley serves as principal advisor to the assistant secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition on all matters relating to unmanned systems. Kelly retired from the U.S. Marine Corps as brigadier general in 2014. He served as commander of the Marine Corps Systems Command (MCSC) from 2010 to 2014. He previously was the MCSC’s program manager for Training Systems in Orlando. Kelley also taught at the Command and Staff College and served as an action officer to the deputy assistant secretary of the Navy for Expeditionary Forces Program.

XPONENTIAL 2016 will take place at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans from May 2 to 5 and offer over 200 educational sessions, providing information about the future of unmanned systems policy, regulations and technology. More than 8,000 industry leaders and professionals from around the world are expected to attend, and the XPONENTIAL exhibit hall will showcase over 600 cutting-edge companies, representing more than 20 industries. Award-winning journalist Miles O’Brien, the science correspondent for PBS NewsHour, will serve as the host of XPONENTIAL.

Military personnel are eligible for a discount to attend the show when registering at XPONENTIAL.org. The offer is valid on the purchase of AUVSI Member and Nonmember All Access and Expo Hall Passes through May 1, 2016, 11:59 p.m. EDT. To redeem, enter XPO16DP100 for $100 off an All Access Pass or XPO16DP50 for $50 off an Expo Hall Pass in the promo code box at checkout. Limit one code per order. Terms are subject to change. The discount cannot be applied to previous purchases. Not valid on Student and Chapter Leader passes.

Complimentary registration is provided to the media to cover XPONENTIAL 2016. For more information, contact Tom McMahon at tmcmahon@auvsi.org or (571) 255-7786. For more information about XPONENTIAL 2016, visit www.xponential.org.


Fifteen Startups to Compete at AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2016

Unmanned systems entrepreneurs and innovators pitch ideas for a chance to win $15,000 and more

ARLINGTON, Va.— Fifteen entrepreneurs and innovators in unmanned systems and robotics have been selected as semi-finalists in AUVSI’s Startup Showdown at XPONENTIAL 2016, the industry’s largest trade show, taking place at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans from May 2 to 5.

In a closed session on May 3, the semi-finalists will have five minutes to pitch their innovative ideas to a panel of venture capitalist judges representing Airware, The Commercial Drone Fund, Qualcomm Ventures, the Westbury Group and KPCB.

Three finalists will then be selected to present their ideas at a public session on May 4 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. CT on the general session stage. During this time, each startup will have six minutes to answer questions from the judges about their ideas. The winner will receive a $15,000 cash prize, as well as one-on-one consulting time with the judges and attend AUVSI’s Startup Connection on July 18 in San Francisco.

This year’s semi-finalists include:

  1. AnsuR BirdEye, based in Lysaker, Norway
  2. ANT-Global Services, based in Sudbury, Massachusetts
  3. Asylon, based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  4. BrashTech, based in Auckland, New Zealand
  5. Dronesmith Technologies, based in Henderson, Nevada
  6. Dronomy, based in Tel Aviv, Israel
  7. EXO Technologies, based in Tel Aviv, Israel
  8. GenSmart, based in Miami, Florida
  9. Harbrick Technologies, based in Portland, Oregon
  10. Luminati Aerospace, based in Riverhead, New York
  11. Skytango™, based in Ireland
  12. SmartC2, based in Grand Forks, North Dakota
  13. Stratetek, based in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  14. Vanilla Aircraft, based in Falls Church, Virginia
  15. Viooa Imaging Technology Inc., based in Vancouver, British Columbia

These companies are poised to transform intelligent robotics and will showcase technologies including, 4-D geospatial modeling, self-driving vehicle rapid deployment and software solutions for unmanned aircraft systems. More information about the semi-finalists and their proposals can be found here.

Over 8,000 industry leaders and professionals from more than 55 countries are expected to attend XPONENTIAL 2016. The exhibit hall will showcase more than 600 cutting-edge companies from around the world, representing more than 20 industries. In addition, XPONENTIAL will offer over 300 educational sessions, providing information about the future of unmanned systems policy, regulations and technology.

XPONENTIAL 2016 will be hosted by award-winning journalist Miles O’Brien, the science correspondent for PBS NewsHour. Keynote speakers include John T. Chambers, executive chairman and former CEO of Cisco Systems; Gur Kimchi, vice president and co-founder of Amazon Prime Air; General David G. Perkins, commander of the United States Army Training and Doctrine Command; Michael P. Huerta, administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration; and Frank Kelley, deputy assistant secretary of the U.S. Navy (Unmanned Systems).

Complimentary registration is provided to the media. For more information, contact Tom McMahon at tmcmahon@auvsi.org or (571) 255-7786. For more information about XPONENTIAL 2016, visit www.xponential.org.


AWARD-WINNING JOURNALIST MILES O’BRIEN TO HOST AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2016

Representatives from Amazon Prime Air, Cisco Systems, the Federal Aviation Administration and Department of Defense to keynote the unmanned systems and robotics industry’s largest trade show.

ARLINGTON, Va. —Award-winning journalist Miles O’Brien will host XPONENTIAL 2016, the largest trade show for the unmanned systems and robotics industry, taking place at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans from May 2 to 5. In addition, top executives from Amazon Prime Air and Cisco Systems, along with top officials from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Department of Defense, will deliver keynote addresses at the show.

O’Brien, a veteran independent journalist and accomplished pilot, focuses on science, technology and aviation. He is the science correspondent for PBS NewsHour, a producer and director for the PBS science documentary series NOVA, and a correspondent for the PBS documentary series FRONTLINE and the National Science Foundation Science Nation series. For nearly 17 years, he worked as a science, environment and aerospace space correspondent for CNN and anchored various programs, including American Morning.

O’Brien will introduce each of the keynote speakers during the three-day show.

  • Gur Kimchi, vice president and co-founder of Amazon Prime Air, who will speak on Tuesday, May 3 at 9 a.m. CDT.
  • John T. Chambers, executive chairman and former CEO of Cisco Systems, who will also speak on Tuesday, May 3 at 9 a.m. CDT.
  • General David G. Perkins, commander of the United States Army Training and Doctrine Command, who previously served as the 21st Commander of the U.S. Army Combined Arms Center, will speak on Tuesday, May 3 at 3:30 p.m. CDT.
  • Michael P. Huerta, administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration, will speak on Wednesday, May 4 at 9 a.m. CDT.
  • Frank Kelley, deputy assistant secretary of the U.S. Navy (Unmanned Systems), Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Research, Development & Acquisition), who will speak on Thursday, May 5 at 9 a.m. CDT.

More than 8,000 industry leaders and professionals from more than 55 countries are expected to attend XPONENTIAL 2016. The exhibit hall will showcase more than 600 cutting-edge companies from around the world, representing more than 20 industries. In addition, there will be more than 300 educational sessions, providing information about the future of unmanned systems policy, regulations and technology.

XPONENTIAL 2016 will also feature the Startup Showdown, where 15 semi-finalist innovators will present to a panel of venture capitalist judges for a chance to win $15,000 in cash prizes and mentor opportunities. More information about the semi-finalists can be found here.

Complimentary registration is provided to the media. For more information, contact Tom McMahon at tmcmahon@auvsi.org or (571) 255-7786. For more information about XPONENTIAL 2016, visit www.xponential.org.