SkyTech 2016 UAV Conference & Exhibition


SkyTech 2016 Launch

After the success of the first SkyTech event in April of this year, the organisers are delighted to announce the launch of SkyTech 2016, organised in collaboration with SUAS Global, RUSTA and Flightpath Consulting, which will take place on the 27th & 28th January 2016 at the Business Design Centre, London.

SkyTech 2016 is a two-day tradeshow dedicated to advancing the global commercial UAV industry. SkyTech aims to serve as a platform to encourage growth, further education and advance safety within this emerging market. Now in its second edition SkyTech is more than doubling in size and will feature 70 exhibitors, 50 speakers and over 3000 attendees.

SkyTech 2016 will provide information, connections and marketing solutions through an exhibition, conferences, workshops, product launches, live demonstrations and networking events. SkyTech is also a media platform and press day for the UAV industry across the UK, Europe and worldwide.

SkyTech will be attended by experts from across the UAV industry, bringing together manufacturers, suppliers, service providers, government, academia, investors, trade associations and regulatory bodies. SkyTech will also bring together buyers from a range of targeted industries including agriculture, environment, oil & gas, infrastructure, utilities, construction & property, policing, fire service, search & rescue, media, broadcasting and mining.


SkyTech’s exhibition is completely free to attend and will feature the latest in cutting edge technology and services from across the global unmanned aviation industry. To secure you free exhibition tickets register now at

Bookings for exhibition stands are now being taken. Organisations booking exhibition space before the 15th July 2015 will receive an early booking discount. Alongside its exhibition SkyTech will also feature a number of conferences and break-out workshop sessions providing information tailored to all aspects of the commercial UAV industry.


SkyTech’s breakout workshops are must-attend sessions for new and prospective UAV users. These free to attend, interactive sessions will give you everything you need to know about UAVs; get to grips with regulation & safety, meet with qualification providers and discover the next steps for incorporating UAVs into your business.

UAV Industry Conference

SkyTech’s main conference will accommodate 500 delegates. Over the course of two days senior level speakers will present on matters of regulation, safety, investment, funding support, insurance, data protection, privacy and liability across the UK and globally. Industry leaders will showcase next generation technology and services through dedicated product launch sessions, whilst leading academics will provide the latest updates on industry research.

The Survey Industry Conference

SkyTech will also feature a two day conference dedicated to the rapidly expanding UAV survey industry. This conference will showcase the range of survey applications suited to UAV technology through a combination of academic, industry and end user led case study sessions. Day one will focus upon innovative uses for UAVs within the fields of agriculture and the environment, whilst day two will consider the role of UAVs for the oil & gas, mining, utilities, infrastructure and construction industries.

Applications Conference

SkyTech’s applications conference will take place on the second day of the event. Manufacturers, solution providers and end users will present the latest advances and applications for UAVs within the fields of policing, search and rescue, fire service, security, real estate, media and broadcasting.

To purchase your conference tickets with our early bird discount visit


Charles Maxwell Ltd are delighted to be organising SkyTech 2016 in collaboration with a number of industry leaders:

SUAS Global

SUAS Global is a support organisation specifically focused on the high growth Unmanned Air System (UAS) and RPAS industry. The objectives of the organisation are as follows:

  • to act as a voice for it’s members in order to drive the development of international standards for the UAS and RPAS sector.
  • to liaise with worldwide legislative and regulatory organisations such as the CAA on behalf of it’s members.
  • to provide guidance and support in matters of airworthiness and operational safety
  • to provide business development, marketing and technology guidance and advice.
  • to provide industry specific and general business discounts and benefits.


SUAS-Global employs advanced technology to deliver a globally accessible network for operators, manufacturers, standards and regulatory organisations. The network, combined with the development of operator focused apps provide members with the latest and most relevant tools, information and guidance. For more information visit


Rheinmetall’s Unmanned Systems Training Academy (RUSTA) is the new centre of excellence for commercial UAV, UAS and drone pilot training in the UK. RUSTA is a CAA approved National Qualified Entity for Small Unmanned Air Systems (SUAS) conceived in 2014 to counter demands for training requirements due to the exponential growth in the SUAS industry. RUSTA is passionate about flying and safety. Our goal is to ensure every Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), drone or SUAS operator can confidently fly within the safety standards and legal requirements set by the CAA. Whether you or your company’s operators need specific UAV flying training, or training in order to obtain a Permission For Aerial Work (PFAW) from the CAA, RUSTA’s courses will ensure you get the best service to keep you and your customers safe. For more information visit

Flightpath Consulting

Flightpath Consulting supports users and suppliers of drones and drone technologies with its in-depth legal and commercial expertise. It was founded in 2014 by Joseph Dalby and John Wright, both practicing Lawyers and Drone Pilots. Flightpath was established to meet the growing need for key regulatory and commercial assistance on the use of drone technologies for a variety of civil and commercial applications. The use of UAS are extending into a number of sectors, including construction, agriculture and journalism. Like many new technologies, UAS bring with them a wide range of legal issues, from privacy to air safety and these issues will intensify as the industry grows. Flightpath works closely with Regulators, Government, private sector, Industry trade bodies and operators, using their legal expertise to bridge the gap between regulation and innovation. For more information visit

For more details about SkyTech 2016 please visit the event website:

Drone Industry Launches Technology & Innovation Awards

2 September 2015

Unmanned Air Systems Technology & Innovation AwardsThe drone industry has announced the launch of the Unmanned Air Systems Technology & Innovation Awards. With the unmanned aviation industry developing at such a great pace the awards have been established to recognize innovation, excellence and growth across the industry. The awards are open to all organisations involved in the unmanned aviation industry, with entries welcomed from across the globe. The awards will honour those organisations which have pushed at the boundaries of unmanned aviation, serving as an endorsement of determination, hard work and a celebration of success.

The awards are now open for submissions, with the final closing date for entries set as the 20th December 2015.

Entries will be analysed by a select panel of judges. Winners will be announced during a ceremony hosted at SkyTech 2016 on 27th January.

This year’s awards will select four winners:

  • Start-up of the Year 2016
  • The Innovation Award 2016
  • Service Solution of the Year 2016
  • The Award for Business Growth 2016

The Award Categories:

Start-up of the Year 2016

Have you built an outstanding new business in the last 12 months? Are you in the early stages of development but have amazing potential?

We are searching for the rising stars of the unmanned aviation industry. Entrants for this award should be businesses established since March 2014.

The Innovation Award 2016

Do you have an innovative new product offering? Have you developed a new UAV platform, component, software program, power source, sensor or camera? Perhaps it’s safer, smaller, faster, lighter, works better than anything we’ve seen before?

Innovation lies at the heart of the UAS industry and this award is designed to celebrate exactly that. Entries for this award are welcomed from all involved in the unmanned aviation industry including academia.

Service Solution of the Year 2016

Do you offer a ground-breaking industry service? Are you using an exciting new approach? Maybe you’ve developed the latest and greatest service for agriculture, construction or training?

We are looking for the businesses that are providing stand-out service solutions across the unmanned aviation industry. Entries for this award are welcomed from all involved in the industry.

The Award for Business Growth 2016

Has your business undergone substantial growth in the last year? Have you built a powerful brand and enhanced your market position? Maybe you’ve expanded your distribution networks, products, markets or services?

This is the award for the unmanned aviation industry’s fastest growing businesses. Entrants for this award should be businesses established prior to March 2014 who have seen substantial growth in the period since September 2014.

For more details or to submit an entry please visit the award website page at!awards/c20z5


Industry Leaders to Speak at London Drone Conference

The SkyTech 2016 UAS conference & exhibition has announced its speaker line-up for January’s event. International experts will consider key developments from across the unmanned aviation industry, alongside discussion of UAS applications for a range of business markets.

An extensive conference programme will see 40 speakers present across three conferences. Speakers include representatives from UNIFLY, Pix4D, Ampyx Power, Flyability, NVIDIA, Crossrail, BioCarbon Engineering, McGill University, AECOM, UK Trade & Investment, Blue Bear Systems, Historic England and SGS Hart Aviation.

Olivier Küng, Co-founder and Project Director at Pix4D will discuss the Mapping Nepal Project which saw Pix4D and other technology leaders from around the world partner with Kathmandu Living Labs (KLL) and Kathmandu University (KU) for a week-long UAV training mission. Küng will consider how up-to-date maps and models produced from drone-acquired imagery and photogrammetry software can provide critical information for disaster evaluation and reconstruction.

Flyability will present Gimball, the first collision-tolerant drone for the inspection and exploration of inaccessible places. With current drone platforms limited to operating in wide open spaces, far from structures & people, Flyability will discuss how Gimball is pushing at the boundaries of such limitations performing missions indoors and even inside vessels, tunnels and galleries for the Energy, Oil & Gas, Transportation and Water Management industries.

William Reddaway, Innovation & Reporting Consultant at Crossrail will discuss Crossrail’s award winning innovation programme “Innovate18” which has funded the investigation and trial of using UAVs in a construction and engineering project. Reddaway will consider the use of UAVs in major infrastructure projects alongside sharing how Crossrail plan to use drones in the future.

Eddie Seymour, European Technical Director at NVIDIA will present the NVIDIA® Jetson TX1: The embedded platform with machine learning for a new generation of intelligent, autonomous UAVs. The Jetson TX1 addresses the challenge of creating a new wave of millions of smart devices by incorporating capabilities such as machine learning, computer vision, navigation and more. Jetson TX1 is also built into a Developer Kit, which enables hobbyists and professionals to develop and test highly advanced autonomous UAVs and makes it easy to transition from development to manufacturing and production.

SkyTech’s conferences will cover a broad spectrum of UAS developments and industry applications. SkyTech’s Industry Conference will consider investment trends, privacy, risk management and regulatory development across the UAS industry. The latest advances in UAS technology will also take to the stage through dedicated product launch and technology showcase sessions.

The Survey and Applications Conferences will focus upon UAS developments within specific market sectors including:

  • Precision Agriculture
  • Environmental Monitoring
  • Infrastructure
  • Asset Management
  • Mining, Oil & Gas, Energy
  • Utilities
  • Construction
  • Disaster Response
  • Security
  • Public Protection
  • Accident Investigation

A packed workshop programme aimed at new UAS users will run alongside the conferences. Breakout workshops provide the ideal opportunity to get to grips with UAS technology from speakers including Sky Futures, RUSTA, Cambridge UAV Academy, Marsh Aviation and Bronze Sponsors Resource Group. Topics covered will include:

  • Getting into the UAS Industry
  • Competent & Safe UAS Operations for Valuable Big Data
  • Risks associated with UAS operations in civil airspace
  • Navigation & Flight Planning
  • Incorporating UAS into a business model
  • Commercial Pilot Training
  • UAS Insurance Requirements

In addition to its conference programme SkyTech 2016 will also feature an international exhibition and demonstration zone showcasing cutting edge technology & services from across the UAS industry. SkyTech’s social programme will also host the UK’s first drone film and photography festival: Dronefest 2016.

Early bird discounts are currently available on conference passes until 20th December 2015. The full speaker line-up can be viewed at

About SkyTech 2016

SkyTech 2016 will take place at the Business Design Centre London from 27-28th January. SkyTech is a two-day B2B tradeshow for the commercial UAS industry. Now in its second year SkyTech will include an exhibition, three conferences, workshops, product launches, live demonstrations and marketing opportunities for the commercial UAS community. SkyTech covers UAS usage across a range of markets including construction, agriculture, utilities, infrastructure, energy, mining, oil & gas, emergency services, surveying, mapping and security.

For full information about SkyTech 2016 visit the event website


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