MAGIC Sky Lands in Fargo

Posted: Jun 12 2018
Aerial acrobatics, drone races, “softballs”, and leaders in state government landed in Fargo last month during the 2018 Drone Focus conference.  MADC President and CEO Stephanie Hoffart, Marketing Director Terri Philion, and Board Member Jay Fisher attended the distinct, high-energy symposium.  The conference was designed to serve as a platform for professionals in the autonomous vehicles and UAS industry to build their businesses, knowledge and networks; and learn more about current events in our region.
United States Senator John Hoeven detailed the importance of North Dakota’s recent selection as one of ten test sites nationwide to participate in the FAA’s UAS integration pilot program. “This pilot program gives our state the opportunity to further strengthen its leadership in UAS and share our expertise with partners across the country,” said Hoeven.  Governor FisherHoffartSchuler.jpgDoug Burgum and Lt. Governor Brent Sanford echoed Senator Hoeven’s remarks in their subsequent general session addresses.  Senator Hoeven also discussed drone applications on the railway with BNSF Executive Chairman Matthew Rose while the audience listened. 
MADC’s strategic partners under the MAGIC Sky initiative were also in attendance.  Delegates from Norwegian-based company eSmart Systems and SkySkopes were invited to speak at the conference.  The two UAS companies shared a booth space in the exhibit hall.  Robot Aviation, also headquartered in Norway, had representatives onsite to strengthen existing relationships and gain further insight on the future of the industry specific to North Dakota.