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Expert workshops and panel discussions including Verizon, Becks Hybrids, LHP, IUPUI, Dannar, AUVSI, NSWC Crane, and Cummins.

About this Event

Welcome to Day 1 of the Indiana Festival of Autonomy! Day 1 is limited in headcount and is focused on rolling up the sleeves and getting into the business of converging technologies in the IoT and autonomy fields.

Day 2 is open to the public for technology demonstrations, tours of the IoT Lab, STEM activties, and the debut of the IoT Lab’s autonomous petting zoo.


12 PM-4 PM –


Workshops for AUVSI members and guests, working groups @Indiana IoT Lab including:

  • UAS / AUVSI Top Operator Program drone workshop and TOPS Level 2 Flight Assessments by Consortiq (see description below).
  • Working with the Muscatatuck Urban Training Center for commercial R&D / Training.
  • An introduction with the Defense Entreprenuers Forum.
  • Opportunities with the Indiana Economic Development Corporation.
  • Are you investable? How to address the challenges of building a predictable and investable demand creation process. Audience = businesses looking to grow. Presented by Joe Albano.
  • Startup 101 – Your idea is not your product is not your business. This is the most vital 45 minutes of any first-time entreprenuer’s journey. Presented by Joe Albano.
  • AUVSI Marketing / Creative Strategy.
  • AUVSI Chapter Leaders Forum.
  • An introduction to Purdue at Westgate + Crane Naval Surface Warfare Center.
  • IP Threats and Protecting your Business – A workshop with the FBI
  • Agile Engineering for Life – Adam Morrision of Streamline Designs
  • And more to come!

Critical Decisions Presented by Consortiq

“6 Key Policy Topics That Every UAS Program Should Examine”

Consortiq’s Chief Flight Instructor, John Fernandez, will lead students through a 3-hour workshop covering the critical elements that any UAS integration should examine prior to launching a program. Each student receives a Quick Reference Handbook and a UAS Operations Manual template.

Workshop Cost: $197.00

TOP Level 2 here Certification:

For students who enroll in Consortiq’s TOP Level 2 Certification Course, Consortiq’s TOP certified instructor will complete their flight assessment portion on-site at the conference. This $2440 value is discounted for conference attendees to $2000. Space is limited to the first four students who enroll.


Email inquiries@consortiq.com and CC indianachapterauvsi@gmail.com to sign up for the drone workshop / assessment.

4:00 – 5:00 PM –

Open Networking @Indiana IoT Lab

5:00-5:30 PM-

Intro: Pierce Aerospace, IoT Lab, AUVSI

Building an Autonomous Ecosystem

Theme: Technology Convergence in the Crossroads of America

5:30-6:00 PM-

Government official (TBA)

Theme: Societal Magnitude of Autonomy

6:00-6:30 PM-

Indiana Technology & Innovaiton Assocation (ITIA) Legislative Group

Theme: Autonomy, Technology, and Legislation

6:30-7:30 PM-

Panels and themes:

Panel 1: Emerging Technology & Mobility Leaders:

Verizon Infrastructure, IUPUI, Cummins, LHP Engineering, Braunability

Panel 2: Application and Use Case Development:

Becks Hybrids Agriculture, Rabit Tractor, Allied Automation Robotics, Dannar Electric and Utilities, and CRANE-Naval Surface Warfare Center.

7:30- 9:00 PM-

Open Networking / Reception / Music by Matthew Corken


9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Unmanned & Autonomous Exhibits, Demos & Activities

Please use this link to sign up for Day 2:


Check back for updates and additional information as the IFA dates approach. We look forward to seeing you all there!

Hotel Discounts:

Fairfield Inn & Suites Fishers, IN. Friday, August 16th at a rate of $139. Enter Code: “TBD” when booking. 10495 Crosspoint Blvd., Indianapolis 317.570.2111