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AUVSI’s Xponential drone conference takes place in just a few weeks.  If you’ve never been, here’s what you can expect from one of the industry’s biggest events.

Xponential will take place this year in Denver, from April 30 – May 3.  Yes, there’s still time – register at www.xponential.org if you haven’t already, because Xponential is the place to become a drone industry insider.

Newcomers will be surprised at the size and scale of the conference – in addition to thousands of attendees, there are more than 725 exhibitors, which means that the best new trends and technology are on display.  The conference exhibit hall offers a unique opportunity to see new offerings: and to talk to new companies, watch demos, try new things, and collect the coolest high tech gizmos and giveaways.  And that’s just between sessions.  In addition to the offerings in the exhibit hall, Xponential puts innovation on display in other events like the Startup Showdown, the XBuild Hackathon, and a drone racing event.

One of the best aspects of the show are the high level keynote speakers.  These include high level representatives from industry leading companies like DJI, PrecisionHawk, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, and Northrup Grummon.  The governor of Colorado will speak along with other leaders in government and public safety.  Drone industry researchers from institutions like Texas A&M, MIT, and University of North Carolina will present new ideas and concepts.

The educational sessions are an opportunity to become an expert in your field – whatever that field may be.  Sessions in major markets, as well as tracks in policy, technology, and business solutions provide many opportunities to expand your existing knowledge base or get into something new.  There are so many classes to choose from that finding something interesting isn’t a problem – it’s deciding which session to attend.

If that wasn’t enough, there’s the unequaled opportunity to network with other members of the industry.  Whether you are looking for a job, looking to hire, or just want to expand your support network and meet people with the same interests, this is the place to do it.  Attend any one of the networking sessions (which really are fun) and strike up a conversation.

Miriam McNabb is the Editor-in-Chief of DRONELIFE and CEO of JobForDrones, a professional drone services marketplace, and a fascinated observer of the emerging drone industry and the regulatory environment for drones. Miriam has a degree from the University of Chicago and over 20 years of experience in high tech sales and marketing for new technologies.
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