Your UAV Questions Answered

A free webinar mini-conference on drones and geospatial technology

May 16, 2018


Presented by

Session 1: Lightning Talks

May 16, 2018
8am PDT / 11am EDT

A series of informative lightning talks on a variety of UAV/UAS related topics. Each topic will be 10-15 minutes with a very brief Q&A.

Session 2: Your Questions Answered

May 16, 2018
11am PDT / 2pm EDT

UAV expert panelists from the first session will answer your submitted questions. We're currently collecting questions from the community!

Submit Your Question

Showcase Your Products and Services

Become a sponsor of Drones Flying Free 2018—get your product or service in front of a select audience of UAV professionals. Email or call 847-242-0412.

Lightning Talks

Expert Speakers

Jonathan Beck

Jonathan Beck

Framing Drone Education

This presentation will explore developments in higher education to address the growing needs from advancements in Unmanned Aircraft Systems technology.

Jonathan Beck has worked in the aerospace industry for over 15 years. He began his career as an air traffic controller and has been working with Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) technology since 2004. Over the past 7 years Jonathan has been on the leadership team of an organization that has raised over $30 million in advancing UAS and Geospatial Technician education. He has served as a Principal Investigator for 3 National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education projects building professional development workshops and pathways between programs impacted by UAS technology. He is a faculty member at Northland Community and Technical College positioned in the hub of the Red River Valley Region, known for the National Test Site, the Nation’s first UAS Business Development Park “Grand Sky”, the Grand Forks Air Force Base where the Air Force and Customs and Border Protection operate large scale UAS (Global Hawks and Predators), the University of North Dakota Professional Pilot and UAS Certificate Programs and a large number of start-up companies.

Abby Speicher Carroll

Abby Speicher Carroll

10 Steps to Getting Started with Drones

This presentation will explore 10 steps to getting launched in the growing drone industry.

Abby Speicher Carroll is the CEO and Founder of DARTdrones, a drone training and consulting company with a presence in over 40 cities nationwide. She began her entrepreneurial journey when she was seventeen years old, founding a social enterprise that is now run as Aya Fair Trade. With her first company, Abby won First Place in Westminster’s Opportunity Quest Business Plan Competition, as well as the award for Best Business Plan in Utah’s Entrepreneurial Challenge. Abby founded DARTdrones while earning her MBA at Babson College. She was awarded first place in Babson’s annual B.E.T.A. Business Plan Competition, first place at the TecBridge Business Plan Competition, and the Class of 2015’s Entrepreneurship Award. In 2017, Abby was also awarded Babson’s Rising Star Award. Most recently, Abby successfully pitched DARTdrones on ABC’s Shark Tank.

Susan Bickford

Sue Bickford

Fostering Interest for Women and Girls in the UAS Industry

This presentation will address the often-asked question, “Where are the women?”

Susan Bickford is the owner of New England UAV, a drone consulting company based out Rochester, NH and works as the Stewardship Coordinator and GIS Specialist at the Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve in Wells, Maine. She holds a Master of Science Degree in Resource Management and Conservation from Antioch University New England and developed the GIS certificate program for the Environmental Studies Program at the University of New England in Biddeford Maine. Susan’s vision is to incorporate GIS and drone technology to advance the use of critically needed remotely sensed data into the environmental decision-making process.

Eric Delucien

Eric Delucien

The Twilight Zone of Drone Safety

This presentation explores the edges of drone safety and the current regulatory climate to help pilots become more cognizant of the safety and compliance challenges.

Eric Delucien manages UAS flights both on and off campus at UC San Diego. He assists researchers, staff, students, and non-affiliates with conducting safe, legal, and insured flights. Under the Department of Environment, Health & Safety, he also manages and pilots a fleet of drones that are used for emergency response, fire and general safety inspections, environmental investigations, and campus trainings. Eric often provides expertise on regulatory and operational matters for the greater San Diego community by partnering with other campuses, businesses, and the local agencies.


Showcase Your Products and Services

Get your name in front of our 40K+ email and newsletter lists as well as the more than 2,000 registrants.


Gold Sponsor Benefits plus...

  • A 10-minute Lightning Talk
  • Pricing: $2,500

Only TWO Slots available


Basic Sponsor Benefits plus...

  • Social media mentions (3)
  • Your linked logo in three (3) star emails
  • Access to the attendee list
  • Pricing: $2,000


  • In the sponsor’s area of the website: your logo, a link to your organization’s website, your Twitter handle and LinkedIn page.
  • Social media mentions (1) from @directionsmag and @geotechcenter
  • Your linked logo in one star email for the event.
  • Listed on the general webinar handout with other articles and resources with your logo and link to your website.
  • Your logo displayed on the webinar introduction slides and mentioned as a sponsor
  • Pricing: $500
Become a Sponsor today! Please contact Jane Elliott at or 847-242-0412.

Event Archive

Check out previous year's