The keynote sessions at this year's Drone World Expo will explore developments for applications in the commercial drone industry and offer predictions for the future. Drone World Expo 2017 will take place Oct. 3-4, at the San Jose Convention Center with keynote presentations at the start of each day.

"Technology is evolving so quickly and our dynamic panelists will be offering up-to-the-minute information about the current state of drone technology, and insights as to where the industry is heading," says Joelle Coretti, vice president and event director, Drone World Expo.  "We are fortunate to have two keynote panels comprised of forward-thinking representatives from several Fortune 500 companies to discuss the applications they are developing and provide visionary insight into the future of commercial UAS."

On Oct. 3, Laura Ponto, head of regulatory affairs and public policy, Project Wing, X, and Susan Roberts, founder/executive, GE Beyond, will join other panelists to discuss “Views from Above: Policy Evolution and Bold Predictions for the Future of Commercial UAS.” 

"Laura and Susan are among top professionals creating a path to the future of this industry," says Gretchen West, senior advisor, Hogan Lovells, co-executive director, Commercial Drone Alliance and advisory board chair for Drone World Expo.  "We can't wait for them to bring their unique perspectives to the Drone World Expo audience."

On Oct. 4, Jerome Ferguson, director of autonomous systems, UPS, and Adi Singh, senior scientist, UAV Systems, Ford Motor Company, will join other panelists to discuss “From Packages to Passengers: How Drones are Transforming Transportation.” 

"Last year's keynote panel on drone delivery showed us Zipline International's humanitarian efforts in Rwanda as they delivered medical relief via drone," West says. "Today's drones are delivering packages, and in the future they will be delivering passengers. The technologies being developed now could be the solutions companies need to propel unmanned passenger travel forward."

West, who serves as Drone World Expo's master of ceremonies, will moderate the keynote panels.  Additional panelists will be announced soon for each keynote.

Commercial drone professionals may register for complimentary expo passes, which include access to these keynote presentations, the exhibit hall, Tech Talks and demonstrations from featured exhibitors, and networking receptions each day.  In addition, Drone World Expo offers a complete two-day conference program where more than 100 thought leaders, industry experts and end users will gather to present real-world solutions to business and environmental challenges.  End users of drone technology may qualify to attend the full conference at no charge by visiting

The exhibit hall will be open on Tuesday, Oct. 3 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. with a networking reception from 5-6 p.m. It will be open on Wednesday, Oct. 4 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a networking reception from 4-5 p.m.  Throughout the exhibit hours there will be Tech Talks and live demonstrations in special theaters on the show floor where attendees will hear from innovators who are taking drone technology to the next level. 

About Drone World Expo

Drone World Expo, an event for the commercial applications of UAS technology, is produced by JD Events, dedicated to the creation of targeted and innovative industry-leading events that deliver results. The company brings together buying audiences, education-rich content and networking opportunities — all geared toward increasing business transactions in the markets it serves.