The Silicon Valley Drone Show

4, 5 & 6 May, 2017 – San Francisco, California

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Small Unmanned Systems Business Exposition 2017

sUSB Expo the Silicon Valley Drone Show is a commercial sUAS event for business to business exchange of ideas on commerce. The Expo features guest speakers from around the world and a SAR workshop, new in 2017 sUSB Expo Demo Field Day.


Michael E. Drobac

Senior Policy Advisor, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, Washington, D.C.

Biren Gandhi

Distinguished Strategist CISCO

Terry Miller

President of Transport Risk Management, Inc. and Unmanned Risk Management

Rhianna Lakin

Independent Drone Journalist

Gene Robinson

RP Flight Systems, Inc.
Search and Rescue (SAR)

Scott Strimple

ASTM, SOAC, Unmanned Vehicle University

Ganesh Subramanian

Prof/Dept of ECE/Panimalar Institute of Technology
Chief-Operations-Aero 360 (Drone solutions)
Chennai, India

Brandon Stark

Director of the University of California’s Center of Excellence on Unmanned Aircraft System Safety

Rory San Miguel

Co-Founder PropellerAero

Craig Marcinkowski

Director, Strategy and Business Development Gryphon Sensors, LLC

Parimal Kopardekar

NASA Senior Technologist for Air Transportation System, and  Principal Investigator, Unmanned Aerial Systems Traffic Management (UTM)

Kevin Finisterre

Cyber Security Specialist

Colin Snow

CEO and Founder of Drone Analyst Research and Advisors

Douglas Marshall

President, TrueNorth Consulting, LLC

Jeffery Antonelli

Antonelli Law

Orest Pilskalns

CEO Skyefish Inc.

Michael Chambliss

Cinematographers Guild

Rebecca Morton

CEO of GeoWing Mapping, Inc.

Zheng (Jen) Liu

Orrick Of Counsel Silicon Valley, Intellectual Property Group

Eric Arneson

Landscape Designer
Antonia Bava Landscape Architects

Mike Winn

CEO & Founder DroneDeploy

Jack F. Paris, Ph.D.

President Paris Geospatial

Patrick Egan

sUAS News Americas Desk Founder sUSB Expo “The Silicon Valley Drone Show”

Ron Stearns

Business Development Manager, Robotics and Unmanned Systems for The Velocity Group

Rahul Singh

Founder David McAntony Gibson Foundation (GlobalMedic)

Craig A. Davidenko



Check back closer to event date, thank you.

Thursday - 4 May 2017

Friday - 5 May 2017

Saturday - 6 May 2017



The Golden Gate Club, San Francisco, CA

Thursday 4 May & Friday 5 May, Saturday 6 May, 2017 | 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM


135 Fisher Loop, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, San Francisco, CA, 94129

The Golden Gate Club

135 Fisher Loop, San Francisco, CA 94129, USA


Save your seat for the 2017 sUSB Expo, and keep an eye on our expanding list of innovative speakers for 2017.



How to Participate:

Contact the Air Boss Werner Von Stein at the SF Drone School & Research Center for scheduling, necessary arrival time, and other information.

Demo Field Day will begin at 9:00 AM for expo attendees

All flying demonstrations must have a valid Part 107 UAS License and carry one million dollars in liability insurance and comply with all Federal, State and Local laws.

Click Here to Purchase Insurance From Unmanned Risk Managment


Traning Presentations

Featuring Gene Robinson of Wimberley (TX) Fire Department and Drone Pilot, Inc.

Gene Robinson

Gene served as Chief UA Pilot for the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Wild land Urban Fire Research Project (WUI) from 2013-2015. He wrote the first successful Certificate of Authorization (COA) granted to a county jurisdiction for Hays County, TX, in 2007. He has worked with higher learning institutions including San Diego State University’s Visualization Lab on drone development, Texas State University’s Forensic Anthropology Program on cadaver detection, and University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire’s campus on UA development, use, and GIS, among others. He is the co-founder of the Remote Control Aerial Photography Association (RCAPA). He has been assigned “Air Boss” during the devastating Memorial Day Floods of 2015 in Wimberley, Texas, and continues to be the Chief UA Pilot for the Wimberley Fire Department. Gene has an active FAA Section 333 Exemption to fly the Spectra in the NAS.

Technology & Flight Demonstrations

  • “Grandfather of Drone Search and Rescue” (Drone SAR)
  • 13 rescues/recoveries with drones
  • Author of First To Deploy
  • Drone SAR experince from 30 states and 6 countries



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From Mobile to Maps: Integrating Drones into your Practice

Class will be 1.5hr hours at 1.30pm on May 4th (Thu).


This is a technical class for professionals using drones in their practice. The class will present you:

  • Image Acquisition: Best Practices
  • Using your Phone to Control, Collect, and Render Drone Data
  • Using the Cloud for Image Processing, Sharing, and Measuring
  • Using your Local Computing Power for Survey grade mapping and modeling
  • Scaling your drone mapping work with servers, cloud computing, APIs
  • Q&A with Pix4D staff

Pix4D is the main provider and industry standard for professional drone photogrammetry software. Pix4D is a dynamic and rapidly expanding company with headquarters in Lausanne and local offices in San Francisco and Shanghai. Pix4D is the only solution providing desktop, cloud, and mobile solution for drone mapping.

You can find many professionals describing their use of Pix4Dmapper in the case studies here:


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