Here’s What You Missed on Day One of DDC 2022

October 6, 2022

If you missed the first day of DroneDeploy Conference 2022, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. In this post, we’ll give you a full recap of some of the best parts of the event.

From the initial keynote to a day jam-packed with breakout sessions from some of the industry’s top experts, we’ve compiled a short list of everything you may have missed at DDC 2022. Let’s dive in.

CEO Mike Winn Keynote Speech

Our Product-Packed Annual Keynote

We kicked off DDC 2022 with our annual keynote, where we presented the latest and greatest updates to DroneDeploy. In the keynote, our CEO and co-founder Mike Winn, as well as members of our product team, gave attendees a first look at some of the latest features of the platform. From new robotics solutions and DJI Mavic 3 Enterprise support to our innovative, industry-first Smart Uploader feature, the keynote officially kicked off some big changes for DroneDeploy as we head into 2023.

Check out the full product release here.

A Sneak Peek into the Future of Reality Capture

In one of the first breakout sessions of DDC 2022, speakers from BNSF, Turner Construction and DroneDeploy discussed how they’re trailblazing a path towards fully autonomous reality capture. Panel attendees were given an in-depth look at what the future of reality capture might look like, as well as a breakdown of some of the challenges and opportunities being experienced today.

Reducing Project Risk on the Ground and in the Air

With so many activities in motion on a jobsite, team members are constantly subject to safety, accountability, and scheduling challenges throughout the entirety of the build. This seemingly unavoidable aspect of the job not only affects team morale but project timelines as well. This session took a deep dive into how reality capture both on the ground and in the air can help teams manage the many moving pieces of their jobsites. Attendees heard from top industry experts about how they use reality capture technology to not just reduce risk, but create an irrefutable source of truth for all of their stakeholders.

Drone flight outdoor demo

Drones and Disaster Response

Floods, wildfires and hurricanes are causing record-breaking damage across the U.S. In this breakout session, attendees were given a detailed view of how drones are becoming an essential tool to monitor and track response efforts. From public agencies to contractors and insurance companies, this session explored how remote sensing tools are being utilized to bolster the recovery process.

Rhys Andersen from SCBS, LLC. receiving DroneDeploy Champion Award
Our 2022 DroneDeploy Champion Rhys Andersen from SCBS, LLC.

A Celebration of our Clients

We closed day one of DDC 2022 out with a bang during our first-ever DroneDeploy Awards ceremony. During this event, we celebrated our customers who, over the past year, have done extraordinary things with drone technology and the DroneDeploy platform. We organized our award winners into six unique categories and championed them as leaders in their field. In case you missed seeing the awards in-person, here's a list of this year's winners:

  • Innovation of the Year: Turner Construction Company
  • Operational Excellence: Austin Commercial
  • Guardian of Safety: Sunrun
  • Community and Workforce Development: Disaster Relief Australia
  • Steward of Sustainability: Aeria Analytics
  • DroneDeploy Champion: Rhys Andersen from SCBS, LLC.

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