From The Editor | April 5, 2024


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By John Oncea, Editor

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Join 7,500 of the world’s top experts in autonomous technology as they gather at XPONENTIAL to change the course of human progress.

There's something for everyone at this year’s XPONENTIAL: collaboration, industry education, networking, workforce development in STEM+, and more. Let’s take a look at the event one past attendee described as, “An awesome event to gain visibility, make new connections, and boost sales.”

XPONENTIAL bills itself as an event where global leaders and end users in the unmanned systems and robotics industry gather to connect and collaborate, focusing on cross-pollination to drive innovation. Co-hosted by The Association for Uncrewed Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) and Messe Düsseldorf North America (MDNA), XPONENTIAL will be held April 22 – 25 at the San Diego Convention Center.

The exhibit will take place April 23 – 25 and is expected to draw thousands of researchers, executives, engineers, program managers, warfighters, acquisition officials, buyers, policymakers, and end users from more than 20 industries and 60 countries.

Keynotes, Breakouts, And More

XPONENTIAL’s educational program serves as your guide to navigating the world of uncrewed systems and autonomy. The scheduled speakers will help you stay up to date with the constantly changing regulatory environment, technological advancements, and integration hurdles.

The program includes sessions tailored to support a wide range of job roles, experience levels, and market segments. Each learning opportunity is powered by the incredible talent, vision, and expertise that the AUVSI community has to offer.

As with any event worth its salt, XOPNENTIAL comes with keynotes, breakout sessions, workshops, and more. The keynotes provide forward-looking insights that will prepare you for what’s to come. Expect visionary perspectives, exciting demonstrations, technical industry experts, and government stakeholders sharing recent developments and future priorities.

The breakout sessions will delve into topics that are relevant to your industry, work, and operations. These sessions will feature presentations, panel discussions, and audience engagement to encourage deeper conversations and identify solutions to some of the industry's most pressing challenges.

Additionally, immersive workshops will provide opportunities for engagement and collaboration with peers who share similar interests. Through these collaborative experiences, you will gain an in-depth understanding of the full potential of uncrewed technologies, both now and in the future.

AUVSI Defense – focused on amplifying trusted U.S. technology and manufacturing capacity to scale military capabilities and strengthen the US global competitive advantage – and Innovation Theatre – educational sessions exploring ways autonomy can be put to work to transform businesses and society at large – are also must-attend events.

Last but not least, the STEM programming at XPONENTIAL continues to grow and develop as work is done with industry partners to provide meaningful, practical, and hands-on support for STEM educational initiatives. More than 350 local, national, and international students and educators are expected to attend XPONENTIAL.

Check Out The XPO Hall

The XPO Hall is your chance to see the latest autonomous innovations up close. There will be hundreds of exhibits across every sector, providing you with the opportunity to find solutions to take your business to the next level, as well as build relationships with future customers, partners, and team members.

Many exhibitors offer live demonstrations of their products, allowing attendees to see drones and other unmanned systems in action. These demonstrations often showcase the capabilities and features of different platforms, such as autonomous navigation, payload delivery, surveillance, and more.

New This Year

Each year, XPONENTIAL attendees complete a survey so that organizers know what’s working, what’s not, and to help identify new opportunities to make for a better experience. Here are a few of the new features designed based on the community’s input:

  • Defense Technologies Zone
  • Jobs Fair
  • Maritime Demonstrations

Overall, XPONENTIAL provides a valuable platform for industry professionals to stay informed about the latest trends, connect with peers and partners, and explore new business opportunities in the fast-growing field of unmanned systems.