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July 19-21, 2017 Portland, OR

The Essential UAS Event for Commercial Business

What is ASCEND Conference & Expo?

ASCEND is the essential Conference & Expo for the commercial UAS industry, developed by the team behind Drone360 magazine. It will help you go beyond the basics, the broad strokes, and the bullet points to find the actionable processes, detailed workflows, and critical analysis necessary to put drones to work in commercial business applications. Other events have begun to connect the UAS industry. ASCEND Conference & Expo not only strengthens those connections but goes further: Providing a detailed framework of programs, conversations, and workshops that connect businesses with concrete solutions. ASCEND aims to advance commercial UAS enterprises safely, collaboratively and profitably.

What to expect from ASCEND 2017

Exceptional Sessions from UAS Visionaries

Jonathan Evans, Skyward; Ben Marcus, Airmap; David Lang, Open ROV; Sally French, The Drone Girl; Andrew Dennison, Uplift Data Partners; Brendan Stewart, AeroVista Innovations; Lia Reich, PrecisionHawk; and many more

New Technology – New Products – New Solutions

Innovative companies in the ASCEND Expo will help take your UAS business to another level. Network in the vibrant, productive and professional environment.

Meet & Connect

Join the Mentor Meetings to discuss one-on-one with experts in the field who have solved the same challenges you now face. Unmatched valuable interactions and face-to face conversations with leaders, policy makers and advocates.

Plus, it’s in Portland!

An amazingly cool city with 145 square miles waiting to be explored. With an eclectic local community, global cuisine and a dynamic cocktail scene, Portland is the place to be in 2017.

Innovation Starts Here

The commercial UAS industry is in a critical stage of development with huge potential for innovative applications to solve real-world problems in a variety of business segments, including construction, insurance, photo and video, precision agriculture, real estate, security, utility and infrastructure. At ASCEND Conference & Expo, workshops and presentations will provide real-world, actionable processes and detailed workflows so you can immediately put your drones to work.

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Full conference rate: $495*

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*Price reflects Early Bird rate

The Ascend conference & Expo Mission

ASCEND Conference & Expo is committed to helping pilots, manufacturers, entrepreneurs, researchers, and businesses get past liftoff to realize the full potential of unmanned aerial vehicles and the associated technology. Attendees will go home with practical, actionable information they can put to use to start and grow their businesses. We aim to convene experienced, successful UAS pros to deliver hands-on workshops, insights into their successes, best practices, and other programming that will drill down to the fundamentals entrepreneurs need to achieve success. You’ll leave ASCEND inspired, informed, and better equipped for success.

Flying is just the beginning.

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We welcome proposals from leaders, innovators, entrepreneurs, researchers, educators, policy-makers and others with proven records of success in the UAS industry. Sessions should deliver actionable solutions that attendees can immediately put to work.


The ASCEND marketplace will be a curated Expo of products and services encompassing all aspects of UAS. It will focus on demonstrations, new product announcements, networking and lead generation in a productive, vibrant and professional environment.

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ASCEND Schedule

ASCEND is a combination of Interactive Panel Discussions, Classes, Workshops, Workflow Sessions, Mentor Meetings, Interviews and Conversations That Matter, all designed to help attendees find practical and actionable solutions to essential problems facing the commercial UAS industry.

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