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DroneFocus Conf 2016

Emerging Prairie

Wednesday, June 1, 2016 from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM (CDT)

DroneFocus Conf 2016

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Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Last Call - Attendee   more info Ended $150.00 $9.24
DroneFocus Student Ticket
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Ended $20.00 $2.09

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Event Details

All drones, all day.

As North Dakota continues to gain recognition as The Drone State, the world is taking notice. Last December, a front page feature in the New York Times labeled North Dakota as “A Silicon Valley for Drones.” This year, speakers and attendees are flying in from around the globe to take part in the growth happening right here. This is the ultimate event to meet and share insight with those that are building this industry together.


Since the success of last year's first annual DroneFocusCon, our team has been intent on designing another high energy, high value event.


Watch our re-cap video here.


This year we are proud to present an incredible lineup of speakers, as well as a variety of other activities, including:

  • Welcome from US Senator John Hoeven
  • Talk by Shark Tank funded xCraft.

  • National student competition, pitching drone inventions for real money and opportunity.

  • Interactive workshops on the autonomous corridor, an action pitch from Johnson and Johnson innovation leader, and more.

Not only are drones making things like farming and data gathering easier -- the rising drone industry plays a crucial role in the economy and job creation of our region as well. This is our chance to celebrate that growth, and discuss the ways we can launch it into the future.


Schedule of Events (tentative/evolving)





8:00 am - 8:30 am: Registration/Check-in & Coffee


8:35 am - 8:45 am: Welcome by Senator John Hoeven


8:45 am - 9:10 am: Ed Waggoner from NASA


9:10 am - 9:20 am: Lauren Smith from Northrop Grumman


9:20 am - 9:25 am: Alex Kube from Botlink


9:25 am - 9:30 am: Joey Schmidt from FlightPros


9:30 am - 9:35 am: Aaron Sykes from MAV Meetup


9:45 am - 10:15 am: BREAK




10:15 am - 10:35 am: Baptiste Tripard from SenseFly Inc


10:35 am - 10:45 am: JD Claridge from xCraft


10:45 am - 10:50 am: Jinger Zeng from Dronesmith


10:50 am - 10:55 am: Adam Spelhaug from Peterson Farm and Seed


10:55 am - 11:00 am: John Vislosky from Access Spectrum


11:00 am - 11:05 am: Matt Hayes from RDO Integrated Control


11:10 am - 11:15 am: Ed Adelman from Union Pacific


11:15 am - 11:30 am: Workshop pitches (3 minutes each)


11:30 am - 12:30 pm: Lunch (Dill Hill baseball diamond)




12:30 pm - 1:30 pm: Workshops (session 1)


1:30 pm - 2:15 pm: Workshops (session 2)


2:15 pm - 2:20 pm: Back to main stage




2:20 pm - 2:40 pm: Chancellor Mark Hagerott from NDUS


2:40 pm - 2:50 pm: Paul Singh from Results Junkies


2:50 pm - 3:50 pm: Student Pitch Contest


4:00 pm - 4:30 pm: Rapid Pitch


4:30 pm: Conference Ends




4:30 pm - 5:30 pm: Conference Social


5:30 pm - 7:00 pm: StartUp Drinks in the Atrium

Join us and claim your ticket today!

Learn more here.

Have questions about DroneFocus Conf 2016? Contact Emerging Prairie

When & Where

The Stage at Island Park
333 4th Street South
Fargo, ND 58103

Wednesday, June 1, 2016 from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM (CDT)

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Emerging Prairie

Emerging Prairie exists to connect and celebrate our entrepreneurial ecosystem by educating our city, infusing the arts, building on our bright spots and practicing radical inclusivity.


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