Several Prominent Industry Executives Join Drone World Expo Advisory Board to Set Direction for 2nd Annual Event Scheduled for November 2016 in Silicon Valley

Executives from Google[x], FOX Sports, International Cinematographers Guild and U.S. Department of the Interior among New Members

SAN JOSE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Following the successful launch of Drone World Expo, the defining event for commercial drone applications, the organizers have been busy planning for the second annual event scheduled for November 15-16, 2016, once again at the San Jose Convention Center. The inaugural Drone World Expo welcomed 2,120 people from 29 countries to Silicon Valley. The conference is developed with a world-class Advisory Board and Drone World Expo welcomes several new members to help set the direction of the education program for the 2016 event, including:

Mark Bathrick, Director at U.S. Department of the Interior, Office of Aviation Services
Michael Chambliss, Technologist, International Cinematographers Guild/IATSE Local 600
Brad Cheney, Director, Technical Operations, FOX Sports Media Group
Douglas Johnson, Vice President of Technology Policy, Consumer Technology Association
Iain Kerr, CEO, Oceans Alliance
Travis G. Mason, Public Policy, Google[x]
John L. Petersen, Chairman, The Charles A. and Anne Morrow Lindbergh Foundation
David Wood, Pipeline Patrol Superintendent, Compliance Programs, Pacific Gas & Electric Company
"We welcome this prestigious group of industry leaders to our already dynamic Advisory Board. We held our initial board meeting yesterday to start planning the education program for the 2016 event and we were inspired by the passion and enthusiasm from this group who together will guide us in developing a timely and innovative event designed for commercial end users of UAS technology," said Joel Davis, CEO, JD Events, producers of Drone World Expo. "We had a fabulous response from the attendees and exhibitors at our 2015 event and we look forward to bringing the event back to Silicon Valley in November." For all of the latest updates on the event, visit

The new board members join returning advisory board members including: Gretchen West, Hogan Lovells; Eric Cheng, Eric Cheng Photography; Lisa Ellman, Hogan Lovells; John "JC" Coffey, Cherokee Nation Technology Portfolio; Matt Merrifield, Nature Conservancy of California; Andrea Steffke, Chevron Energy Technology Company; Tony Carmean, Aerial MOB, LLC; Robert Blair, Measure; Matt Parker, Precision Integrated Programs; Max Motschwiller, Meritech Capital; Jonathan Evans, Skyward; Chidambaram Somu, DPR Construction; Michael Drobac, Small UAV Coalition; John Palatiello, MAPPS; Andreas Raptopoulos, Matternet; Colin Guinn, 3D Robotics; Stephanie Spear, National Association of Realtors®; Eric Woodyard, Quantum Spatial; and Jesse Kallman, Airware.

The advisory board will shape a two-day conference that will feature sessions and case studies addressing the new rules being implemented by the FAA as well as the most up to date and important information for commercial industries using drone technology including cinematography, agriculture, construction, utilities, oil & gas, humanitarian and conservation initiatives, and real estate. Sessions will focus on updates from the FAA, commercial strategies, data collection and processing, sensors, piloting and safety management, certification standards, 3D imaging/printing and the Internet of Things (IoT).

Drone World Expo is now accepting speaker and session proposals until Friday, March 18, 2016. Speakers with exciting ideas that will inspire, surprise and inform DWE attendees should submit proposals that contain factual, educational content and avoid sales pitches. To submit a speaker or session submission, click here.

In addition to the extensive conference program, Drone World Expo will offer attendees the opportunity to see all of the latest products and solutions in an interactive and exciting show floor which will offer numerous examples of flying drones and their components, software/cloud services, training/certification, trade groups, universities/research centers, platforms and more, reflecting the entire ecosystem needed for vertical industries to implement drone technology into their businesses.

Drone World Expo 2016 will be held November 15-16 once again at the San Jose Convention Center. For more information, visit

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