Tour at UAV Demos
The pre-conference tour will be Monday, July 24, 2017. The tour will leave Union Station at 9:00am and return by approximately 5:00pm. Check-in for the tour will be in the Hotel Atrium (inside the west door of the north side of the building). Check-in will open at 7:30am Monday. The tour will leave the hotel promptly at 9:00am. Please check in early.
 
The tour will visit three locations featuring a wide range of technology, see more about the stops below.
 
Bus transportation, lunch, and beverages will be provided. ATTENDEE NOTE: Late July is a very hot and humid time of the year for St. Louis. Please dress for the weather including comfortable shoes (No open toe, sandals or flip flops) as there are uneven walking surfaces with some possible slip/trip hazards.

Stop 1: Cortex

The Cortex Innovation Community is home to a vibrant 200-acre innovation hub and technology district integrated into St. Louis’ historic Central West End and Forest Park Southeast residential neighborhoods, surrounded by nationally ranked universities and medical centers and abundant cultural and recreational assets.
 
Founded in 2002, Cortex is the Midwest’s premier innovation hub of bioscience and technology research, development and commercialization, serving as the anchor of St. Louis’ growing ecosystem for innovative startup programs and established companies.
 

Components of Cortex

Cortex provides state-of-the-art biomedical science and overall technology research facilities to hatch some of the nation’s most promising technological advances. Cortex offers customizable lab and office space for rent, proximity to world-class research institutions, availability of a highly-trained workforce, and access to venture capital.

 

CIC

Cambridge Innovation Center - CIC St. Louis
In addition to serving startup technology and life sciences companies, CIC also welcomes companies that support innovation in fields such as public relations, law, and the academic community.

The Venture Cafe - St. Louis
Innovation is fueled by conversation, collaboration, and storytelling. The Venture Café Foundation enhances and accelerates the innovation process through spaces, programs, and conversations for individuals and organizations to gather and build relationships.

TechShop
TechShop is a playground for creativity. Part fabrication and prototyping studio, part hackerspace and part learning center, TechShop provides access to over $1 million worth of professional equipment and software. We offer comprehensive instruction and expert staff to ensure you have a safe, meaningful and rewarding experience. Most importantly, at TechShop you can explore the world of making in a collaborative and creative environment.

Stop 2: Climate Corporation

Climate Corporation will host the second stop of the tour. Get a behind the scenes look at one of the biggest data analysis centers in agriculture. 
 
At the Climate Corporation, you will have the opportunity to view our open work space environment and learn about all of the business functions within the Climate organization. We employ scientists, engineers, data analysts, sales, marketing, and more to work together to help all the world's farmers sustainably increase their productivity with digital tools. 
 
Climate Corporation

Stop 3: UAS Demonstrations

Our third stop of the day will be at a model air strip in the Mississippi River bottoms. We will have a variety of UAS demonstrations. Each vendor will have some time to talk about their product. Fly it. And after each vendor does their demonstration, we will open it up for Q & A and allow participants time to visit with all the vendors. 
 
 
Vendors to Demo Equipment TBD

UAS Demo Descriptions

 

senseFly

senseFly
Nathan Stein, Ag Solutions Manger
 
At senseFly, we believe in using technology to make work safer and more efficient. Our proven drone solutions simplify the collection and analysis of geospatial data, allowing professionals in surveying, agriculture, engineering and humanitarian aid to make better decisions, faster. senseFly was founded in 2009 and quickly became the leader in mapping drones. Nathan Stein, senseFly’s Ag Solutions Manager, will be demonstrating the eBee SQ at InfoAg. The eBee SQ is an advanced agricultural drone that captures actionable crop data across four multispectral bands, plus RGB imagery, spanning hundreds of acres in a single flight.
 

 

DroneDeploy

DroneDeploy
Kyle Miller, Agricultural Industry Expert
 
Join Kyle Miller, the agriculture business development team lead at DroneDeploy, as he demos their cloud-based drone data platform that provides automated flight, real-time mapping, data processing and analysis. Kyle is a sixth-generation farmer who grew up on a corn and soybean farm in Iowa and has degrees in computer science and agribusiness. He has been researching remote sensing technology for more than 7 years and creating agriculture drone maps since 2013. He'll be demoing some of the latest real-time mapping features in DroneDeploy.
 
Sentera
Sentera
Sentera has over 200 years of combined experience with UAVs and developed a way to transform a DJI Phantom 3, Phantom 4, or Inspire UAV into a precision scouting tool with its NDVI Upgrade. With an NDVI Upgrade, Sentera integrates a Single Sensor into the DJI UAV while retaining the DJI stock camera functionality. The NDVI Upgrade allows a farmer to capture RGB, NIR, and NDVI data simultaneously and provides affordable precision agriculture solutions to every farmer, regardless of budget. Sentera's NDVI Upgrade offers the industry an end-to-end NDVI solution and is completely compatible with Sentera's AgVault Software solution - allowing growers to view crop health data while in the field and without an internet connection. Sentera also designs and manufactures its own fixed with UAV, the Phoenix 2 - stop by booth 27 to check it out.
 
PrecisionHawk
PrecisionHawk
PrecisionHawk is a leading provider of advanced commercial drone technologies. The company, founded in 2010, is privately held and located in Raleigh, NC and Toronto, Canada. PrecisionHawk’s client list of Fortune 500 companies and market-leading innovators spans 150 countries and the company has existing operations across six continents. PrecisionHawk is funded by leading venture capital firms and global technology investors including Intel Capital, Millennium Technology Value Partners, Verizon Ventures, a subsidiary of USAA, NTT Docomo Ventures, Yamaha Motor, DuPont and Indiana University. More information about PrecisionHawk can be found at www.precisionhawk.com or on Twitter @PrecisionHawk.
 
Botlink
Botlink
Botlink is an end-to-end drone system with software to plan and automate flights, capture aerial images and sensor data, process raw imagery into high-definition maps, and distribute maps and data to industry-standard software. Botlink hardware can upload and distribute data in real-time over a cellular network. The Botlink system makes it easy for farmers, agronomists, and ranchers to fly, view, and organize aerial maps of their entire fields in one place and export them to Ag Leader SMS, agX SST, and other precision ag software to pinpoint crop health and prescribe applications only where needed, saving time and money.