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AUVSI's McMahon, ISR Idea's Poss To Bring Keynotes at UAS Tech Forum

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Annual Event to be Held in Broken Arrow Sept. 12-13

Attendees at this year's Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Technology Forum
in Broken Arrow, Okla., can expect to hear a wide-range of quality
speakers, including a couple of nationally known and respected industry
professionals.

The UAS Tech Forum runs Sept. 12-13 inside the new Stoney Creek Hotel
and Conference Center in Broken Arrow.

Tom McMahon, senior vice president for the Association for Unmanned
Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), the world's largest nonprofit
organization dedicated to the advancement of unmanned systems and
robotics, will help kick things off on Sept. 13 with a keynote speech
during the opening plenary.

Also set to provide opening day remarks is retired Air Force Major Gen.
James Poss, chief executive officer of intelligence and UAS consulting
firm ISR Ideas and former executive director of ASSURE, the FAA's Center
of Excellence for UAS Research.

As AUVSI's leader on advocacy and government relations, McMahon guides
AUVSI on issues that are important to the industry, not just with drones
but also other autonomous systems and robotics.

"We are working closely with our members to advocate for provisions in
the FAA Reauthorization Bill that will benefit the unmanned aircraft
systems industry. Those benefits are primarily looking into developing
an unmanned traffic management system, which is currently under way with
the FAA and NASA," McMahon said.

"An unmanned traffic management system is going to play a key role in
the further development of the industry and to enable advanced
operations like flying over people and beyond visual line of sight," he
said.

Even though the growth of the drone industry has grown by leaps and
bounds over the last few years and is expected to continue well into the
foreseeable future, McMahon stressed that one of the biggest challenges
today for the industry is still educating people who don't yet know how
UAS technologies are going to affect their lives in a more beneficial
way.

"There are a lot of ways within the next several years that this
technology will be used to benefit society, but there is still a lot of
education we need to do as an industry to let people know about this
technology and to let them know it is being developed responsibly and
safely by people, such as those who will be attending the UAS Tech Forum
in Oklahoma and other places all over the nation and, indeed, all over
the world," McMahon said.

Regarded as the anchor event for the Unmanned Aerial Systems Cluster
Initiative of Oklahoma and Kansas (UASCI), a program funded through a
contract with the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Tech Forum
attracts a wide array of public and private sector professionals and
leaders involved in the unmanned aerial systems industry. Entrepreneurs,
investors, researchers, technology transfer professionals, economic
development officials and other service providers get together for two
days of networking, information sessions, technology presentations and
investment opportunities.

Forum participants will have the opportunity to participate in an agenda
packed with interesting and thought-provoking sessions featuring
industry experts discussing all the hottest topics related to UAS,
including weather research, cybersecurity and counter drone efforts, the
integration of UAS into the National Air Space, and many others.

In addition, attendees will have access to vetted investment
opportunities and will get to connect with the most sought-after
industry partners and leaders.

The Broken Arrow Chamber of Commerce and the City of Broken Arrow are
serving as co-hosts for the 2018 UAS Tech Forum. Lead sponsors of the
event include the Tulsa Regional Chamber, University of Oklahoma,
Oklahoma Business Roundtable and Vigilant Aerospace Systems.

For more information about the 2018 UAS Tech Forum, please visit www.uascluster.com.

About the UAS Cluster Initiative

Administered by Development Capital Networks, the Cluster Initiative's
mission is to accelerate the growth of the UAS Industry by enabling
established companies and emerging entrepreneurs, in particular those
located in Oklahoma and Kansas, to connect, work together and gain
access to national technologies, global capital, advanced business
models and global markets. It accomplishes this through a variety of
activities and events, including webinars, SBIR workshops, roundtable
discussions, student UAS competitions, the UAS Tech Forum and other
networking opportunities.

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