Drone Industry Watch: UAS Expos of 2022

With the new year comes new opportunities, and another round of drone expos and events for the drone industry.

These events serve as one of the best methods to see what is new in your industry, connect with other professionals in your field, and learn about a wide range of innovations and uses from industry leaders.

They occur worldwide and, depending on your business model, are excellent opportunities to exhibit your products or services.

Though COVID-19 continues to affect gatherings across the globe, a number of major events are still penciled in.

With any luck, these are some of the major drone expos you’ll want to watch for in the upcoming year.

Drone Expos in Amsterdam: Drone Week

Initially set to take place in January, Amsterdam Drone Week (ADW) is the first event in 2022 to move due to the pandemic.

Currently, it’s scheduled for March 29-31 at Amsterdam’s RAI Convention Center.

The Commercial UAV Expo Europe will take place at the event as well. Participants at the show have the opportunity to discuss the latest regulations, current air solutions, and witness innovations from UAV manufacturers and service providers.

For the first time the event is a hybrid format, offering virtual and in-person experiences for drone professionals.

Additionally, there will also be facilities for live and in-person matchmaking.

For anyone operating in European airspace, this drone expo is a can’t-miss event!

XPONENTIAL 2022

The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) is the largest nonprofit organization in the world that’s focused on unmanned systems and robotics.

Every year, AUVSI hosts the XPONENTIAL show, a huge gathering where drone professionals come together learn and share with one another.

This year, the drone expo takes place in Orlando, FL, at the Orange County Convention Center, from April 25-28.

The show combines lectures from keynote speakers, breakout education sessions, and a large exhibit hall.

Exhibitors attending the 2022 show already include Pix4D, Boston Dynamics, Elistair, ESRI, Skydio, and Teledyne.

Though he 2022 keynote speakers have yet to be announced, previous years included industry heavyweights like FAA Administrator Stephen Dickson.

Commercial UAV Expo

The end of the year brings the UAV community back to Las Vegas for the Commercial UAV Expo USA.

With thousands of attendees, hundreds of exhibitors, and a robust mix of product presentations and educational forums, this drone expo has something for everyone.

Taking place between Sept. 6-8, the show highlights UAS technology, trends, and developments. 

Workshops at the expo include live drone demonstrations, a nighttime UAV crime scene investigation display, and several training courses in everything from public safety to mapping.

To make it easier to network and connect with others, the Commercial UAV Expo also has matchmaking software built into their free smartphone app.

DroneX

During the same time that the Commercial UAV Expo is taking place, across the Atlantic is the United Kingdom’s largest show for UAV products, DroneX.

The DroneX Trade Show & Conference takes place from September 7-8 at the ExCel London International Convention Center.

Featuring over 100 seminars, 300 plus exhibits, and an estimated 3,000 attendees, this drone expo also includes a cinema experience with live drone demonstrations.

Event organizers say the experience will focus on a variety of use cases, leaving attendees with a better understanding of how drones can help your organization.

InterDrone

Finally, you’ll want to keep your eye on the InterDrone 2022 event.

The 2021 event was canceled due to the pandemic, and event organizers haven’t yet set a date or location for 2022. Although the date is listed as TBD, it’s likely there will at least be a virtual component to the event.

InterDrone is designed to cater to all members of the UAV community with exhibits, seminars, and keynote speakers.

Over 30% of the attendees are CEO/owners/presidents of their respective organizations, making InterDrone a perfect venue to network with key decision-makers and top innovators in the drone community.

Bringing it together

Drone expos and conventions are a fantastic way to grow awareness of the industry. They’re also a great opportunity to expand your own knowledge.

Whether you’re looking to connect and network with professionals just like yourself, or studying the newest tech options to expand your business, these events have something for everyone.

Keep a watchful eye on the events as they year goes on, however. As the pandemic continues changing and evolving, so too are events such as these. As a result, dates, requirements, etc., are all subject to change.

That being said, many of these drone expos also include some sort of virtual aspect. Even if you can’t attend in person, there are plenty of options available via the internet!

Whichever event you’re interested in, there’s sure to be something you’ll love. So get out there, connect with others just like you, and find something new to get excited for!

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David Daly - Contributing Author

David Daly - Contributing Author

David Daly, is an award-winning photographer/writer and licensed (FAA) Commercial sUAS pilot. A graduate of the United States Naval Academy, David is a former Marine Corps officer with a BS in Oceanography and has earned his MBA from the University of Redlands. David has worked for Fortune 100 companies and has a background in aerospace, construction, military/defense, real estate, and technology.

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