An intersection of cutting-edge innovation and real-world applications, XPONENTIAL 2018 brought all things unmanned into sharp focus.
Thousands of leaders and innovators from industry and defense came together to share perspectives and gain insight from one another. This year's event was unlike any other and we hope you join us next year in Chicago as we take XPONENTIAL 2019 to the next level.
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The Startup Showdown is a must-attend event for investors, unmanned systems entrepreneurs and technology innovators. We are seeking early-stage, disruptive companies who are creating, innovating or enhancing unmanned systems technologies and applications.
Join us Wednesday, May 2 from 3:45 PM – 5:15 PM in the Starting Point Theater in the XPO Hall for the Startup Showdown!
During the Startup Showdown, five finalists will have six minutes each to pitch their business to the panel, and will then have a six-minute live question and answer session with the judges. All XPONENTIAL 2018 attendees and exhibitors are invited to attend.
Asylon is automating the back-end infrastructure of the UAS industry: power, payload, and data. Their drone agnostic, auto battery swap station, DroneHome, allows a drone to operate autonomously, 24/7. The station is cloud-enabled, giving customers a view of critical mission data and payload telemetry in real time from any location in the world.
Copperstone Tech. offers Autonomous Amphibious Robots that can work in harsh terrains where it is dangerous, risky, and costly to send human workers (land and water). Applications: environmental monitoring, geotechnical investigations, bathymetric surveys, soil testing, tool deployment, and water and soil sampling.
Iris Automation is a SF-based, Series-A venture backed company with a team from NASA, Boeing and PhDs in computer vision building an electro-optical Sense & Avoid system for industrial drones. Because of regulation and safety concerns, every UAS needs what we’re building to fly completely autonomously or Beyond-Line-of-Sight. We have paying customers, are actively involved in regulation, and have a massive amount of validation and training data that is growing every day. Here’s a public piece about a recent tech demo with the FAA: https://goo.gl/QbdyF8
Jetoptera is developing powerful UAVs and realistic flying cars to revolutionize transportation. Our distributed propulsion system and novel airframe create a lighter, more efficient, less complex aircraft than previous models. Our technology enables vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL), high speeds, sizable payloads and range, and maneuverability.
Unifly’s Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM) solutions connect authorities with pilots to safely integrate drones into the airspace. It also enables manufacturers, developers, and system integrators to easily access data to feed any application they create. Our long-term mission is to bridge the gap between manned and unmanned aviation.
Finalists will receive the following:
The Startup Showdown winner will receive a grand prize worth $35,000 and includes:
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