It’s no secret that drone conferences are expensive. There’s the travel costs and the time off work. And then there are the conference registration fees. But here’s a pretty sweet offer that might get you into the 2023 Law-Tech Connect workshop for free.
The 2023 Law-Tech Connect workshop is an all-day legal-focused event set for Monday, May 8. It’s co-located within the massive AUVSI XPONENTIAL palooza set for this May in Denver, Colorado. It costs $299 to attend, which includes an AUVSI XPO Hall Pass (worth $169 on its own) plus meals for that day, admission to a Sunday night networking event at a mini golf venue the evening prior plus 8 CLE credits for attorneys.
But you might be able to save that $299 and get in for free.
The second annual Law-Tech Connect Workshop has significantly expanded its scholarship program over the past year, creating more opportunities for students, faculty, nonprofit leaders and select industry members to get in for free.
It’s called the Scholars Program, and it’s designed to financially support people within the drone industry who might not otherwise have the means to fork over $299 for a day-long workshop.
Applying for the scholarship is also relatively straightforward — no massive set of recommendation letters and pledges of your first-born child required.
Anyone interested in a scholarship to the 2023 Law-Tech Connect workshop should contact the workshop organizer, Dawn Zoldi via email at email@example.com.
And don’t delay. Scholarships are generally doled out on a first-come, first served basis, with a final scholarship registration deadline of Sunday, April 30, 2023. Though as of mid-April, there are more than a dozen scholarship spots still available.
If selected for the Scholars Program, you’ll receive a 3-day XPO pass to access most of the rest of what AUVSI has to offer. And if you’ve never attended AUVSI before you must — the show floor is massive.
You’ll also receive a free copy of a drone law textbook, which was written by event organizer and P3 Tech CEO, Dawn Zoldi for the Unmanned Safety Institute. The textbook, titled “Unmanned Aircraft Systems: Legal and Business Considerations Textbook,” typically costs $99.
The Scholars Program is sponsored by companies, organizations and universities including Carahsoft, DroneUp, Titan Aviation, MatrixSpace and Green Traurig LLP, UND, Easy Aerial and Oklahoma State University. And it could open the door for folks to get into drones who don’t otherwise have the financial need. Students should certainly apply, but it might also be a good avenue for someone just launching their own company, or maybe a woman seeking support in the industry. After all, women make up just 7.9% of all certified remote pilots, according to the FAA’s U.S. Civil Airmen Statistics report.
What is the 2023 Law-Tech Connect Workshop?
Consider this one-day event to be the most comprehensive overview and updates on multi-domain uncrewed and autonomous systems law, regulations and policy of the year. It also qualifies as continuing legal education (CLE) for attorneys.
The speaker line up includes folks government, commercial industry and academia, and its agenda covers a broad range of topics ranging from drone and AAM law/regulation updates, public-private partnership funding opportunities, the law of the air and sea, intellectual property, commercial drones on the battlefield, counter-UAS to privacy law.
- Federal Aviation Administration’s “Drone Guy” Kevin Morris
- Vic Moss, of the Drone Service Provider’s Alliance
- Maj Gen (USAF Ret.) James Poss
- Cameron Chell, CEO of Draganfly
- Lori DeMatteis, CRO of MatrixSpace
Besides the learning on Monday, perhaps the most highly-anticipated part is a networking event on Sunday, May 7 from 7-9 p.m. at the Urban Putt on Denver’s 18th Street. Urban Putt is an upscale, indoor mini-golf course featuring a full-service bar with hand-crafted cocktails.
From there, you might opt to stay in Denver all week, as the official AUVSI conference run May 9-11. The conference draws thousands of drone industry experts from around the world.
So far, more than 100 folks are set to attend this year’s 2023 Law-Tech Connect workshop. The Early-Bird registration deadline closes tomorrow — that’s Saturday, April 15.
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