Thursday, September 28, 2017 at 9:00 AM PDT
Friday, September 29, 2017 at 5:00 PM PDT

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Kah-Nee-Ta Resort and Spa 
6823 Highway 8
Warm Springs, OR 97761
Lodging Reservations:  1-800-554-4786
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Tom Hagen 
AUVSI Cascade Chapter 

"Drones, Droids and Unmanned Systems"

Presented by AUVSI Cascade Chapter:  Bringing Business, Learning and Fun to the Unmanned Systems World!

Please join us at the beautiful Kah-Nee-Ta Resort and Spa for the Pacific Northwest's premier unmanned systems and robotics event.  Celebrate the grandeur of central Oregon, enjoy superb hospitality, hear from industry leadership, see live UAS demonstrations and engage in awesome networking opportunities!  We hope you will choose to support our 2nd Annual AUVSI Cascade Chapter STEM Benefit Dinner, the proceeds from which go to support STEM activities in Oregon and Washington.  You'll even have a chance to take home a DJI Spark drone with state of the art gesture control!  And please join us on Friday morning for our workshop on Part 107 to hear about common challenges for Remote Operators and then head for the Kah-Nee-Ta Golf Course to round out the conference activities.  We look forward to seeing you there!   Here's a look at some agenda highlights:

-       Oregon State Representative Rich Vial (R-Scholls), Chair of the Oregon UAS Working Group, addressing UAS legislative activities in Oregon and how they impact you and your business

-        Paul Allen, Commercial Solutions, Insitu, Inc., highlighting innovative new capabilities in aerial reconnaissance for fighting wildfires and other exciting applications for Unmanned Aircraft Systems

-        Investment Bankers Randy Moe of Orca Capital, Mike McElhenney of Houlihan Lokey, Amy Pearl of HATCH Oregon and Jim Huston of Portland See Fund in a panel called “Investing for the Future - Private and Public Capital and Unmanned Systems Startups,” speaking to the role of venture capital in the growth of unmanned systems in the Northwest and beyond

-        Micheal Kass, Sr Research Analyst from the Oak Ridge National Laboratory discussing "Powering Unmanned Aerial Systems to Meet Future Package Delivery Needs"

-        Ben Gould, PhD, Naval Research Laboratory, describing "Hydrogen Fuel Cell Power for UAVs"

-        Northwest UAS Test Range Managers Liz Stalford from Warm Springs, Tim Lachenmeier from Tillamook, Darryl Abling from Pendleton and Dr. Pat Ford from Big Bend Community College in a panel discussing the capabilities available to emerging and existing UAS developers and users – all right here in our own great Northwest

-        Andrew Ziegwied of Autonomous Surface Vessels providing insights into the unmanned marine industry

     Leonid Plekhanov, CEO and President of Global Energy Transmission, as he addresses "Shaping the Future of the Drone Industry" with innovative wireless power transmission solutions for drones

- Melissa Dubois, Ph.D., Executive Director of the South Metro-Salem STEM Hub, discussing "oregon Connections:  Connecting Your Expertise and Passion to Oregon's Future Workforce"

-        …and more:

-        Live demo UAS flying in conjunction with the Warm Springs FAA Designated Test Range and a tour of the newly completed Warm Springs UAS Training Center

-        Numerous vendor displays right in the conference room and available during our generous networking opportunities

-        Our Famous High Desert Networking Social

-        The Second Annual AUVSI Cascade STEM Benefit Dinner, the proceeds for which go entirely to STEM programs in the Northwest, featuring students from Summit High School Robotics Club in Bend

We’re also hosting a “Part 107 Remote Pilot’s Workshop” the morning of September 29th, a comprehensive overview of education, training and operational experience presented by Dr. Patrick Ford of Big Bend Community College in Moses Lake, WA.  Pat will cover the real life lessons learned and what you need to know to safely operate your UAS in controlled and uncontrolled airspace. This is a “must have” workshop and comes free with your registration for the previous evening’s STEM Benefit Dinner!

After a busy day and a half of business and things unmanned, get teed off at our Cascadia Golf Friendly beginning at 1 pm on Friday afternoon. Bring the sticks and swing your way into the weekend!

We offer something for everybody:  state policy makers, sea to sky technologies, funding sources, practical implementations and demonstrations, plus vendors who can help you with your unmanned system requirements!

Please take advantage of our extended discounted registration rates while they last! And don't delay in booking a room for your stay during the conference by calling Kah-Nee-Ta Reservations at 1-800-554-4786.  Make sure you mention you’re with the AUVSI “Drones, Droids and Unmanned Systems” symposium to get special savings on your room rate.