Special Events

As if our speakers and exhibitors and fairs are not enough to fill all your expectations, we are doing more!

Each day is jam-packed with special events to help you learn more about this fascinating new industry.

Take a look:

Drones in Municipalities

Drones for Municipalities

September 19th | 11:00am – 5:00pm

UAS technology has an extraordinary impact at the local government level. Community leaders need to consider everything from rule-making toimplementation and safety. This event is dedicated to helping decision-makers explore and understand the impact within the community. We will cover:

  • Implementation for Emergency Services, Engineering and Infrastructure
  • The Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Airports, hospitals and highways
  • Use of drone technology by Utilities
  • Park districts and forest preserves

Women in UAS Luncheon

September 20th | 11:00am—2:00pm

Women are contributing to the Unmanned Aircraft Systems field in a big way! Our Women in UAS Luncheon brings some of the bestand the brightest from varying UAS backgrounds to inspire and encourage continued growth in this industry.

Woman and Drones

Future UAS Aviators STEM Workshop

September 20th | 11:00am—2:00pm

Midwest Drone Fest is dedicated to the awareness, education and economic growth of the Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) industry.

We’ve partnered with the Golden Corridor Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (GCAMP) to create this wonderful learning opportunity for local students.

Students will have the unique opportunity to:

  • Work as a team to build a drone.
  • Fly the drone they build.
  • See an industry related trade show.
  • Discover the world of opportunities, from manufacturing to implementation, within the emerging UAS industry.
  • One lucky student from each team will take home the team drone.

If your company would like to help sponsor this educational activity, please contact:

Vickie Andersen, Event Manager
872-239-4827 | info@midwestdronefest.com

To learn more about GCAMP, please visit www.gcamp.org.

NextGen UAS Career Paths for Veterans

September 20 | 3:00pm – 6:00pm

Our troops are more advanced than ever before. UAS opens doors of opportunity for the tech-savvy and mechanically inclined in a wide variety of industries. We’re working with local Veteran’s group to increase awareness and provide access to training opportunities.

In partnership with

VFW Post 5151

Post 5151

Venture SHOT Funding Feeding Frenzy!

VentureSHOT Funding Feeding Frenzy

September 21st | 11:00am—4:00pm

Join us for an afternoon of nail-biting exhilaration with the VentureSHOT Funding Feeding Frenzy. It’s like Shark Tank meets The Apprentice!

Has your business reached a critical milestone? Is funding essential to realizing your growth strategy? Not sure where to find investors? Midwest Drone Fest and VentureSHOT have partnered to bring the investors to you!

VentureSHOT helps you take your success to the next level. They know what issues entrepreneurs face in growing their business – they’ve faced the issues themselves. VentureSHOT is a community BY and FOR entrepreneurs. Their vision is to help hundreds of entrepreneurs achieve success through collaboration with peers and mentors. Participation in their programs and engagement with their community will help your business: grow your revenues, scale for accelerating growth, get funding or investment.

From application to presentation, they provide the guidance you need to confidently pitch your plan to a panel of investors. Midwest Drone Fest brings the investors to you!

Think you have what it takes? Be one of eight lucky entrepreneurs who get to pitch their idea to the investors.


Drone Flight Simulator Workshops

Each Day | 11:00am – 3:00pm

Sponsored by Harper College Workforce Certification Center

Simulations are 20 minutes in length and can accommodate up to 11 participants at a time.

Harper College Flight Simulator Mobile Lab
Flight Simulator Mobile Lab

11:00 – 11:20 am
11:30 – 11:50 am
1:00 – 1:20 pm
1:30 – 1:50 pm
2:00 – 2:20 pm
2:30 – 2:50 pm
3:00 – 3:20 pm


Each Day | 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Networking is the heart and soul of building good business relationships. Promote your business and help others connect by sponsoring a Midwest Drone Fest After Party networking event.

Choose 1 of 4 different After Party Events:

  • Grand Opening Meet and Greet (September 18th)
  • Corporate Flight Plan After Party (September 19th)
  • Professional Pilots After Party (September 20th)
  • Entrepreneur After Party (September 21st)

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