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ASCEND Conference to Provide Practical Techniques for Using Drones in Business

Speakers, sponsors, and exhibits are focused on actionable information for entrepreneurs and business managers

December 22, 2016

The ASCEND Conference & Expo aims to equip businesses with practical knowledge and techniques for integrating drone technology to improve specific processes.  Sponsors and speakers are lining up to participate in ASCEND, which will be held at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, OR, July 19-21, 2017. Details are available on the ASCEND website.

Up Sonder, an on-demand drone rental marketplace powered by UberRUSH, is a Premier Sponsor of ASCEND. Up Sonder provides a marketplace where drone pilots and owners can earn extra money renting out their drone or providing UAV services. Up Sonder offers multiple industries and the general public a low cost option when planning their next drone project. Whether it's agriculture surveying, construction site mapping or a just fun day outside, Up Sonder is the best place to find an FAA-certified remote pilot or to rent a drone in your direct area or on the go.

“Many people in a variety of industries will benefit from the application of drone technology and intelligence, but not everyone will use a drone frequently enough to warrant purchasing their own,” said Derek Waleko, CEO. “Up Sonder provides a cost-effective way for businesses to capitalize on the technology and benefit from their occasional point of need use cases."
Focus on UAV Growth Industries

ASCEND’s targeted conference tracks will benefit business owners and principals in several areas:

• Construction
• Insurance
• Photo and video
• Precision agriculture
• Real estate
• Security/police/fire/search-and-rescue
• Utility and infrastructure inspection

Sessions at ASCEND will focus on practical application. “This is not a conference where we just talk about how cool drones are,” said Tim Kidwell, editor-in-chief of Drone360 magazine and member of the ASCEND Conference & Expo Executive Planning Team. “Speakers, panels, and exhibits will have a single goal: provide attendees with principles and processes to enable them to immediately apply drone technology to benefit their businesses.”

Many speakers and panel moderators were previously announced. Recent additions to the line-up include: Jonathan Evans, CEO of Skyward; Faine Greenwood, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative; Jessie Mooberry, Stanford University Peace Innovation Lab; several experts from AeroVista Innovations, including co-founders Peter Spero and Brendan Stewart, and Sharon Rossmark, COO; and Patrick Sherman, Roswell Flight Test Crew. Visit ASCEND's website for updates to speakers and sessions as the event nears.

ASCEND will offer a combination of interactive panel discussions, classes, workshops, workflow sessions, mentor meetings, and interviews. Additionally, the ASCEND Expo will encompass all aspects of UAS including service providers, commercial applications, platforms, software, research, technology, training, components, advocacy, education, government agencies, trade associations, and retailers.
Featured image: ASCEND