MAPPS Fall Conference to Be Held in Conjunction with Drone World Expo

Fall conference for leading geospatial association to be part of commercial UAV event in November in Silicon Valley

SAN JOSE, Calif. — (BUSINESS WIRE) — February 19, 2015 — Drone World Expo, the defining event for commercial drone technologies and applications, is thrilled to announce a conference partnership with MAPPS, which will bring together all stakeholders, constituents, and levels of government in the surveying, mapping, and geospatial field. The MAPPS Conference will be held as a part of Drone World Expo, November 17-18, 2015, at the San Jose, CA Convention Center.

“With all of the exciting developments taking place in the UAV industry we are thrilled to bring the breadth and depth of knowledge from MAPPS to our event,” said Joel Davis, CEO, JD Events, producers of the show. “Attendees to the MAPPS conference will have free access to the Drone World Expo trade show floor, general sessions and networking events and we look forward to welcoming their members to this must-attend event.”

The MAPPS Conference will be a forum for discussion on issues and policies, sharing of information and provision of education, and collaboration, specifically related to the geospatial applications of UAV technology.

“MAPPS is thrilled to be part of Drone World Expo,” said John Palatiello, MAPPS Executive Director. “We believe UAVs will play an integral role in the future of surveying and mapping, and it is vitally important we lead the discussion in terms of investment, technology, applications and regulations. MAPPS looks forward to presenting quality content on the geospatial market for UAVs at Drone World Expo.”

In addition to the MAPPS Conference, Drone World Expo will also offer a two-day conference that will feature sessions and case studies addressing data collection and processing, sensors, piloting and safety management, FAA updates, certification standards, and commercial strategies and will offer informative sessions on the impact drones are having on Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Big Data and the Internet of Things (IoT). The Drone World Expo Conference is being developed with the help of a dynamic advisory board on which Palatiello serves. For the complete list of advisory board members, click here.


MAPPS is the only national association of firms in the surveying, spatial data and geographic information systems field in the United States. MAPPS member firms are engaged in surveying, photogrammetry, satellite and airborne remote sensing, aerial photography, hydrography, aerial and satellite image processing, GPS and GIS data collection and conversion services. Their associate members include firms that provide products and services to member firms, as well as other firms world-wide. For more information, visit

About Drone World Expo

Drone World Expo, the Premier event for Commercial Drone technologies and applications, will take place November 17-18, 2015 at the San Jose Convention Center. For more information, visit The event is produced by JD Events, dedicated to the creation of targeted and innovative industry-leading events that deliver results. The company brings together highly qualified buying audiences, education-rich content and high-level networking opportunities -- all geared toward increasing business transactions in the markets it serves. Visit for more information.


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