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The Drone Girl to speak at DroneDeploy Conference 2021

The annual DroneDeploy Conference 2021 is set for October 19 and 20 — and this year’s event is happening entirely online. Given you aren’t constrained by travel restrictions or wild flight cancellations, it’s relatively easy to participate. And you should consider tuning in, because yours truly will be speaking.

Next week’s conference is run by DroneDeploy, a San Francisco-based drone mapping and workflow software startup. Its enterprise-grade software is designed to convert job sites, structures, and assets into easy-to-understand digital representations. It is primarily used in industries including construction, energy, and agriculture. Earlier this year, the company announced that it had raised $50 million in Series E funding, resulting in $142 million of total fundraising to date (and the most for any drone data company).

I’ll be a panelist at the “Elevating DEI in the Drone Industry” event, which is being moderated by Rebecca Lehman, who is the Social Impact Manager at DroneDeploy. That discussion will happen from 11:15 a.m. through noon PT on Tuesday, Oct. 19, starting with a panel discussion between me, SheMaps’ Karen Joyce and Women Who Drone founder Elena Buenrostro. After that commences, we’ll also be available for a live Q&A.

In the panel, we’ll share two easy ways that companies can attract more diverse job applicants, divulge one way that COVID-19 may have provided a way to welcome new talent, and more.

Here are among the other top sessions to look forward to:

For drone operators in the agricultural sector: Samantha Teten, a developmental agronomist at Syngenta, will discuss best practices for customer relationship management in agribusiness on Day 1. Later that day, DroneDeploy’s own product marketing manager Anna Schneider will give a more back-to-the-basics talk on Drones in Agriculture 101.

And on Day 2, look forward to an interesting talk on carbon farming from Marina Makri of Climate Solutions Exchange.

For drone operators in the energy sector: Elizabeth Hall, an engineer at Eversource Energy will share best practices in both safety and cutting costs on Day 1.

For drone operators in the construction sector: Get a deep-dive on how to conduct a visual inspection during the construction process from DroneDeploy’s own Kathy Nguyen on Day 2.

So far, DroneDeploy says more than 2,000 attendees are set to participate at DroneDeploy Conference 2021. In aggregate, there are set to be more than 40 sessions that touch more than eight industries.

Although it’s a digital event, there still is a registration fee; tickets cost $99. Unfortunately there’s no in-person DroneDeploy conference this year. But here’s an upside that comes with technology: there’s no pressure to actually watch everything in those two days, as registration includes access to view all recorded sessions for up to one year following the conference.

Learn more about the DroneDeploy Conference 2021 (and register) here.

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