Commercial UAV Expo Americas 2020 is going virtual, according to event organizer Diversified Communications.
It confirmed that “due to ongoing health and safety concerns stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic, members of the commercial drone community we serve have made it clear that it would be impossible to hold the live event as originally planned.”
Organiser Lisa Murray, group director at Diversified Communications, said: “In the interests of ensuring our community still has an opportunity learn from and connect with each other, we have reimagined Commercial UAV Expo Americas as a fully virtual event taking place September 15-17, 2020.”
These are the same dates the live event had been scheduled for in Las Vegas.
Details will be forthcoming, but the content will include keynotes, panel discussions, and presentations with interactive Q&A and chat features; an AI-powered networking component; virtual exhibits, and demonstrations by UAS solutions providers.
Murray continued: “We have stayed in close contact with our customers over the last few months. A huge thank you to all of them. I cannot say enough about their support and collaboration with our team during this time. What is clear is that they want and need the business networking and education normally provided by our event, but travel bans and other restrictions were going to prevent them from attending.
“We decided to put a stake in the ground and make immediate plans to ensure the broadest participation possible by making the event virtual now. Where a virtual event may not have appealed to many just a few months ago, the world has changed. People are yearning for connections and education. We are excited to offer the key benefits they expect from us: critical, timely education delivered by industry leaders, opportunities to network and engage with peers, and the ability to learn about the newest technology in the space.”
She added that the content will naturally address how the industry has responded to the pandemic, as well as the associated opportunities and challenges.
FAA Administrator Stephen M. Dickson, an aviation professional with nearly 40 years of experience, will keynote the virtual event.
On this, Murray said: “We are thrilled that Administrator Dickson will be addressing the audience at such a critical time for the drone space.”
Return to a Live Event in 2021
In 2021, Commercial UAV Expo Americas will take place September 7-9, 2021 at the Mirage in Las Vegas.
“We look forward to the opportunity to connect in person with our customers. In the meantime, we will be their virtual connection to the drone industry,” concluded Murray.