Drone Futures: How the UK Can Lead from the Front

This major one-day conference, co-organised by techUK, the UK’s foremost trade body for tech companies, and DJI, the world’s leading manufacturer of civilian drones, will provide a unique blend of policy and industry expertise from a range of eminent organisations and enterprises to discuss the most pressing and challenging questions surrounding the future of drones in the UK.




10:00 - 10:30 Registration and networking

10.30 - 10:40 Welcome & introduction from Julian McGougan, Head of Technology, techUK

10.40 - 11:05 From niche to mainstream to… what next? Elaine Whyte, Director, PwC

Keynote 1:

  • The growth and potential of the UK drone sector
  • How drone data will drive strategy
  • Projections, insights and predictions from a senior sector analyst

11.05 Enabling the Next Level of Innovation: Martin Brandenburg, Managing Director, DJI Europe

Keynote 2:

  • The drivers and pace of drone innovation
  • How industry, operators and policymakers must work together
  • A unique perspective from the leading drone manufacturer, DJI

11.30 – 12.30 - Developments that will define the drone use cases of tomorrow

Panel discussion exploring some of the most exciting projects and advances in the sector that will materialise in the next 5-10 years and understanding what the enablers are, how much potential is there for mass drone adoption and barriers to innovation.

  • Skye MacLeod, Head of Spectrum Policy Forum, techUK (Chair)
  • Kumardev Chatterjee, CEO, Unmanned Life
  • Paul Febvre, CTO, Satellite Applications Catapult
  • Sam Nixon, Market Development Director, Meteomatics

12.30 – 13.30 Networking Lunch and product demonstrations

13.30 – 15:00 -  Reconciling the present and the future: how to address concerns about security, safety and privacy

Panel discussion with leading experts and practitioners about the kind of policy framework and interventions that can best facilitate the continuous growth of the drone sector while addressing concerns

  • Olaf Cramme, Managing Partner, Inline Policy (Chair)
  • James Bell, Head of Drones, Department for Transport
  • Richard Parker, CEO, Altitude Angel
  • Christian Struwe, Head of European Public Policy, DJI
  • Robert MacDougall, Head of Enterprise Public Policy, Vodafone
  • Andy Sage, Account Director (Drones), NATS

15:00 - 15:30 Networking break and product demonstration

15:30 - 15:45 Revealing An Ocean Under siege, Peter Kohler, Director, Plastic Tide
The Plastic Tide combines drone and AI technology to clean up beaches.

15.45 - 16:45 How to make the case for drones

Panel exploring how politics, business and operators can increase the social purpose of drones and gain greater public support for the emerging user cases and proliferation of drones.

  • Jessica Russell, Programme Manager, techUK (Chair)
  • Lord Wei, Member of the House of Lords and social entrepreneur
  • Nick Rogers, Chief Regulatory and Training Officer, Sky-Futures
  • Nishita Dewan, Project Lead, Flying High Challenge
  • Ed Delderfield, Sergeant, Lincolnshire Police

16:45 - 17:00 Wrap up and next steps: Julian McGougan, Head of Technology, techUK

17.00  19.00 Networking drinks and reception

  • Craig Melson

    Craig Melson

    Programme Manager | Digital Devices, Consumer Electronics, Export Controls and Environment and Compliance
    T 020 7331 2172
  • Julian McGougan

    Julian McGougan

    Executive Director | Telecoms, Spectrum & Satellite
    T 020 7331 2012

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