Drones! Disruptions, Opportunities and the Future

Drone Conference

Central Illinois' First Drone Conference       

November 10, 2017

Join other enthusiasts and professionals for this one day conference. Enjoy demos and presentations by national and local drone experts representing agriculture, insurance, education, communications, the FAA and more. From choosing the right equipment and making safe flight plans to drones’ effect on your life and work. This event is packed with useful information and opportunities to connect around this cutting-edge topic.

Event co-sponsors:


8:00am - 8:30am Registration
8:30am - 9:00am BN Advantage Perspectives
9:00am - 10:00am Keynote "Drones - Disruptions, Opportunities & the Future"
10:05am - 10:55am Round One Breakout Sessions
11:05am - 11:55am Round Two Breakout Sessions
12:05pm - 12:55pm Round Three Breakout Sessions
1:00pm - 1:30pm Lunch (included)
1:40pm - 2:30pm Drones in Action (Hands-on Flying Experience)
1:40pm - 3:00pm Optional Tours of the Challenger Learning Center

Download Detailed Schedule (PDF)

Keynote Speaker

Sharon Rossmark, Founder and CEO of Women and Drones.

From a Fortune 100 company executive to start up entrepreneur in the drone industry, Sharon Rossmark has an extensive and diverse business background.  Sharon now leads the premier global platform for Women in the UAS industry.  The website WomenAndDrones.com features inspirational women who are disrupting, innovating and shaping the future of the UAS industry.   

Sharon also serves on several boards, including Special Olympics Illinois, Illinois State University as well as the Washington DC based organizations Board Source and National Children’s Center.

Breakout Sessions
Drones, Ethics and the Law UAVs in Times of Emergency
How UAVs Improve Processes & Help Customers Capturing Great Images with Your Drone
Drones as Teaching Tools Real-time Drone Use in Ag
Using Drones for Event Coverage Drones and the Real Estate Industry
Must Have Drone Apps Changing Regulations & Best Practices
Making the Most of Your Drone Data Drone Use in Recent Weather Disasters
Choosing the Right Drone Getting Started with Drones on Your Farm
Outsourcing vs Internal Drone Capability Humanitarian Efforts with Drones

Download Detailed Schedule (PDF)

Registration Information

Early Bird Price - $69.  "Day Of" Price - $99.

Lunch is included.

Please call (309) 268-8160 to register after November 7th.

Special rates

Call 309-268-8160 to register for the following special rates:

  • Chamber of Commerce Members* - $59
  • Group Rate (3 or more tickets purchased together) - $59 each
  • Educator Price - $59
  • Student Price - $29

Check back for schedule updates on this website.

Questions? Contact Scot Smigel at 309-268-8435.

*McLean, Livingston and Logan County Chamber members qualify.

Contact Us

Continuing Education
Heartland Community College
Workforce Development Center, Suite 2400
1500 West Raab Road
Normal, IL 61761
Phone: 309-268-8160
TDD: 309-268-8030
Fax: 309-268-7882
E-mail: Continuing Education

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