As we wrap up day one of #UC20Remote, our 18th annual (and first virtual) conference, we wanted to take a moment to recap an exciting first day:

  •  We had a great Day One opening session with Michael. H. Cohen, Chair of USC-STC and Jordan Cicoria, Conference Chair and got all of the technical glitches out of the way right off the bat! Michael and Jordan kicked off with an overview of what attendees can expect over the next 4 days of the Conference as well as the essential housekeeping items. Michael also noted a drone related procurement announcement that the federal government made yesterday – it was actually the very first of its kind. 
  • The Conference Opening Keynote Session by Michael Huerta, gave us a perspective on the past, present and future of RPAS, informed by his time at the FAA. Fun fact: he got a VERY interesting call while on a ski lift on a vacation with his family.  
  • Dr Roger Scott-Douglas gave conference attendees a comprehensive overview of the role of Canada’s NRC in developing the Autonomous Systems Sector in Canada, and outlined the many recent accomplishments by Canadian companies in the sector. He highlighted the challenges to the Unmanned space, such as regulatory, environment and Intellectual property that need to be addressed and solutions found.
  • Our first panel of the day, included an international guest coming to the conference from Tanzania, Edward Anderson. The topic. “Drone Delivery and Disaster Response – Connecting the Disconnected for Social Good” covered the use cases for the use of RPAs in disaster scenarios, including damage assessment, risk assessment and mapping, as well as the key challenges facing the use of these devices in real world situations. The panel also had the opportunity to ask each other questions. Very interesting panel with key experts in DR from all over the world, and worth watching in the on-demand video recap
  • Day One Blue Ribbon Panel

    USC-STC’s Michael H. Cohen led the conference’s head.line: “Blue Ribbon Panel – The Next Big Things in RPAS”, with a wide ranging discussion highlighting the need for industry collaboration to drive innovation, a challenge to bring the public awareness and acceptance in alignment with the benefits of the technology. The diverse panel gave some advice to entrepreneurs in the drone space, and shared their predictions for the future of Unmanned Sector. 

  • Day 1 Afternoon highlights include: 
    • An in-depth overview of the Project Skysensus, led and funded by Peraton (#UC20Remote’s Platinum sponsor), enabling an integrated team of Canadian leading companies to challenge the rigorous requirements of BVLOS operations.
    • “Drones are Good enough”, covering the last mile delivery challenge
    • Opportunities in the Arctic
    • The State of Public Safety Drones
    • Launching the First Nations Technology Council’s Drone Stewardship Program: Fostering Indigenous Innovation in Aerial Territories
  • And the closing panel: Emerging Aviation Technologies for Smart Cities covered the challenges around getting cities ready for unmanned solutions.

Our virtual exhibition hall and chat lounges provided attendees with networking opportunities from the comfort of their own offices and homes. All in all, it was an extremely successful day full of knowledge, expertise, and educated opinions from a diverse group of distinguished speakers and guests on a wide range of topics. Conference attendees joined us from all across the globe – from Japan, Australia, US, and coast to coast to coast here in Canada. 

All of today’s sessions are available on demand during the days of the conference and afterwards with the Premium pass.

Not yet signed up for the Conference and don’t want to miss out? Join us tomorrow –  you can register for a one day conference pass for just $99 using code: 99DOLLARS. 

We start at 9:15 Central tomorrow. See you then!