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APR 2017

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30 st / April 2017 scribed their business plan to a panel of judges to compete for funding, and the Women in Robotics forum. Due to the positive feedback from attendees, these will also be added to this year's XPONENTIAL schedule. Last year's Startup Showdown winner, Vanilla Robotics, walked away with a $15,000 check and went on to set a world record flight in January 2017 with its small, diesel- powered VA001 aircraft. The Women in Robotics forum turned out to be wildly successful last year, with about 150 women participating. This year, the event will include more time for discussion and networking. XPONENTIAL is structured to make sure it meets the needs of every attendee. By visiting the event's website,, visitors can pre-plan to make sure they don't miss out on any viable informa- tion. Visitors can also take advantage of event maps that cus- tom tailor the show to their needs. AUVSI "recognizes that our community encompasses a really broad range of experts with different needs," said Lindsay Voss, AUVSI's director of education. With an expected turnout of more than 7,000 people, XPONENTIAL will bring the entire unmanned systems community together, from commercial to academic lead- ers to military officials, all under one roof to learn and net- work. Voss said first-time XPONENTIAL goers should arrive with an open mind and engage with people who are out- side their usual circles. "We have a lot to learn from each other," she said. ST Theaters on the show floor will focus on business infor- mation that is new to the industry, including the solutions theater, which will be a chance for show exhibitors to fo- cus on their new products. Conference Program The conference program is divided into three tracks: policy, technology and business solutions. The policy track will cover regulation of unmanned maritime systems; lo- cal, state and federal government cooperation; interna- tional trade affecting unmanned systems; and airspace is- sues. The technology track will cover defense technology innovation; drone delivery technology; protecting intellec- tual property; software development powering unmanned systems; and automated vehicle technology development. The business solutions track will cover maritime applica- tions for oil and gas; remote sensing; drones in the wireless industry; mapping; aviation risk management; and manag- ing and protecting data. "Unmanned systems are transforming the enterprise," said Brian Wynne, AUVSI president and CEO. "From ener- gy and agriculture to broadcasting and security, unmanned systems, robotic and drone technology are enabling appli- cations that were previously impossible. The educational program at XPONENTIAL is designed not only to show- case these advancements, but to provide attendees with real-world examples, best practices and smart strategies to leverage the power of unmanned systems in their own or- ganizations." Two new sessions were added at last year's XPONEN- TIAL: Startup Showdown, during which companies de-

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