STATE OF INNOVATION Summit: Future of Drones

Wednesday, June 5, 2019 1:30PM - 4:30PM

Liberty Training & Conference Centre, 197 St Georges Terrace, Perth

STATE OF INNOVATION Summit: Future of Drones.

Free event.

Billions of dollars are being spent by aviation giants and aerospace startups to create driverless flying vehicles that can meet the growing need for rapid and flexible travel and delivery, reports Anyone who has tried to navigate major metro areas knows the hassles associated with sharing the roads and air with millions of other people.

The global drone logistics and transportation market is projected to reach over $29 billion by 2027. One of the solutions currently being worked on is the autonomous aerial vehicle (AAV) with vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) ability. The technology, what some might call a drone helicopter concept, is being tested to carry cargo and eventually taxi passengers.

On the other hand, reports that recently we have seen an escalating series of incidents in which the harmful elements of drones have loomed large in the public eye. In April, rumours of a coup in Saudi Arabia flared after a recreational drone was shot down when flying into an unauthorized zone in the capital. August saw a drone attack on the president of Venezuela. In late December, 10,000 flights carrying 140,000 passengers were grounded over the course of 36 hours at Gatwick Airport in the United Kingdom. In the months since, a number of airports, ranging from Dublin to Dubai, have experienced delays on account of drone activity. The Gatwick incident alone is estimated to have cost the aviation industry as much as $90 million.

While these are spectacular incidents, they speak to the growing ubiquity of drones. Perhaps even more telling than those events were the efforts that authorities put into air security for the Super Bowl. In the days leading up to the event, PBS reported a “deluge” of drones despite a ban on their presence in the airspace around the stadium.

What then is the future of drones?


Peter Damen, Chairman of Innovate Australia, CEO at Level 5 Design


Joshua Portlock, Founder of Electro.Aero & Sci Aero Group - historical perspective

Mahmood Hussein, Chief Executive Officer, Global Drone Solutions, CASA Approved Drone Pilot Training - certification perspective

Paul Dewar, Director at Drone Pilots - operations perspective

Chris Mounkley, Managing Director, Terron Systems - technological perspective

Colleen Yates, Chief Executive Officer, Regional Development Australia, Perth - opportunities perspective

Michael Nas, Principal Associate at Bennett + Co Corporate & Commercial Law, Aviation Law and Drone Regulations - legal perspective


The presentations will be followed by a Q&A session and a general discussion moderated by MC, Peter Damen

Tickets are FREE, but registration is required as tickets are limited.

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Innovate Australia

Innovate Australia encourages, assists and promotes Australian innovation. The not-for-profit and non-partisan organisation works with industry and academia to uncover innovation, encourages new innovations, develops programs and forms innovation networks. Innovate Australia aims to be an independent conduit for viable ideas. 

Innovate Australia operates independently of government, industry and universities, however works with a range of stakeholders on unique and forward thinking projects across Australia. Services provided include, but are not limited to consulting, think-tanks, connecting firms undertaking innovative projects and marketing of organisations embarking on their innovation journeys. 

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