Events
EVENTS CALENDAR
Queensland
Event Image
Fri
2
Jun
DRONES - TECHNOLOGY & APPLICATIONS
Hear from Dr Catherine Ball, World of Drones Congress; Meg Kummerow, Flying Ag Australia; Steve Taitoko, XM2 Group; and Dr Sarah Jane Kelly, University of Queensland
Time
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
Address
Grand Ballroom, Level 2
Pullman King George Square
Corner of Ann and Roma Streets
Brisbane CBD
Category:  Business Briefing
Interested in how you can use Drones for your business? Curious about the potential impact of the technology and its applications?

Learn about the business side of drone technology, minus the hype! How drones are already being used locally and globally; where the real opportunities are; and some surprising industry growth areas. Our panel will use real world business examples, including from the agriculture sector, to give you some information around how drones will affect all our lives in the near future.

Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) were the first to legislate for commercial applications of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) in 2002, and is constantly reviewing the regulations. For example, in September 2016, Drones under 2kg no longer require a license to be operated commercially. How will this impact your business?

Join our panel of experts as we discuss the numerous aspects of the Drone industry:
- Dr Catherine Ball, Co-Creator and Technical Convenor, World of Drones Congress
- Meg Kummerow, Co-Owner, Flying Ag Australia
- Steve Taitoko, COO & Managing Director, XM2 Group
- Dr Sarah Kelly, Senior Lecturer, University of Queensland

---------- ---------- ----------

Dr Catherine Ball is an author, founder, and ethics advocate working across global projects where robotics and new technology meet environmental protection. A sought-after voice in the industry, Dr Ball is now the CEO of an Australian startup working with the application of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) (aka drone technology) across remote communities, schools, industry, and citizen scientists. Dr Ball’s biggest passion is found working on projects that have a humanitarian aspect, ranging from the use of RPAS for emergency response, to recording cultural heritage, and agricultural assessments. Catherine has travelled and worked globally on cutting edge projects that combine science, entrepreneurship, empowerment, education, and training.

Dr Ball was the chosen ‘drone advisor’ to DFAT InnovationXChange’s “Pacific Humanitarian Challenge” and is continuing to support these efforts, as well as initial talks with the UN’s World Food Programme on using drones to distribute food aid, especially in conflict areas, such as Syria. Catherine is also talking with a number of Queensland schools about the processes to establish ‘Drone Academies’ on site, as the new drone economy is estimated to be worth some USD20B per annum by 2020, with 10% of future jobs attached to the drone economic ecosystem. A believer in appropriate data, not open data, Catherine is currently starting a new business looking at the future data management needs across our geospatial industry, especially when faced with new technologies, such as drones, that produce a lot of data very quickly. Dr Ball holds a BSc Honours (Environmental Protection) and a PhD (Spatial Ecology, Descriptive and Predictive Statistics) from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne in the United Kingdom.

---------- ---------- ----------

Meg Kummerow is the owner of Flying Ag Australia, Australian distributor of farm ready drones for American company Flying Ag. Flying Ag was started by 4 US farmers from California, Illinois and Indiana whom Meg came to know through Social Media. Meg's experience in agriculture and love for technology made her the perfect fit when they were looking to expand into the Australian market.

Meg is also very interested in advocating for the use of drone technology on farms as well as helping farmers gain confidence to utilise the technology safely. In Meg's other role as Executive Officer of the Grains Research Foundation Limited she sends a group of young Australian grain farmers to the US each year to broaden their knowledge of research being undertaken as well as how research is funded. These farmers return with a passion to become involved in their industry and with ideas for improving the Australian industry.

---------- ---------- ----------

Steve Taitoko has extensive commercial and management experience, predominantly with fast growth technology companies. Steve is a shareholder and Director of XM2 Group, one of Australia’s leading drone services companies. Having established themselves as a global leader in drone cinematography, with credits such as Lion, Pirates of the Caribbean & Thor: Ragnorak and having worked with David Attenborough on The Reef, XM2 is taking its knowhow of drones, film making and data insights to the world, with concurrent expansion into the US, New Zealand and African markets.

---------- ---------- ----------

Dr Sarah Kelly is a senior lecturer at the University of Queensland T.C. Beirne Law School and has recently completed four years in the role of MBA Director at the UQ Business School. Sarah has multidisciplinary training in law, marketing and psychology and has practiced previously as a commercial lawyer and manager. She has conducted research and consultancy in sport, governance and marketing with industry, government and the not-for-profit sector nationally and internationally. She has published in leading academic peer reviewed journals on sports law, sports marketing, consumer behaviour and branding. Sarah currently holds several board positions including as a director of the Brisbane Lions AFL Football club, the Wandering Warriors, Somerville House School and Sports Analytics.

---------- ---------- ----------

For more information, contact the AmCham QLD office on 07 2330 2478 or email qld@amcham.com.au
Rates Per Person   Table of Ten  
Members Non-Members Members Non-Members
Regular Rate $159.00 $199.00 $1,590.00 $1,990.00