09:30 - 10:00

Opening Speech - Jan Syré

„Unmanned systems currently offer the greatest opportunities to optimize, if not even revolutionize, the economy and also the daily life in Germany and Europe. The performance of unmanned systems, whether in the air, on or under water or in the countryside, will increase as their fields of application expand. These market opportunities are now to be developed and exploited.“

As the chairman of the federal association for unmanned systems (BUVUS e.V.) he leads the board of one of the most interesting and innovative association nowadays. Coming from the communications market and as a highly experienced innovator, Mr. Syré interacts in the area of politics and high ranking officials and represents the BUVUS.

10:05 - 10:35


Fabian is CEO of Asgard - human Venture Capital for Artificial Intelligence. His passion lies in Artificial Intelligence and its impact on society. 

He has worked with, started and invested in over 35 companies such as Delivery Hero, Team Europe, Point Nine Capital, Soundbrenner, Accelerated Dynamics, Parlamind, Micropsi Industries or Wunsch-Brautkleid.de in the European digital ecosystem. 

Additional he organizes the yearly Rise of AI conference to bring entrepreneurs, investors, media, politicians and scientists together. Furthermore he serves as coordinator for Artificial Intelligence at the German Association for Startups.  He enjoys speaking about Artificial Intelligence at events like TEDx, Bit&Pretzel and hub. Since 2011 he has been blogging about entrepreneurship, venture capital and the future on www.bootstrapping.me and favors 250,000 readers. 

Fabian holds a Master degree in Strategic and International Management from the University of St. Gallen and a Bachelor degree in Business Administration from the University of Münster.


10:40 - 11:10

UAS Traffic management - Torsten Kretschmann

Torsten Kretschmann was born 1969, he lives in Darmstadt, Germany, with his partner and son. He joined DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH in 2001, starting as project manager for a flight information message node, forwarding electronic flight plans internationally and nationwide. Since then, he acted as project manager for several system and organisational projects. He represented DFS in a subsiduary performing consultation to the aviation industry and in 2014/15 was he was delegated as representative of the DFS to the international FABEC group.

In 2016, he acted as the head of organisation of the 1st DFS Technology Conference “The Drone Challenge” in Langen, Germany.

Before his time in the DFS he worked as project manager in the IT industry, providing

real-time resource planning and controlling systems for the aviation industry. He started his career as an Air Force Officer in Aircraft Maintenance as well as an Arms Control Officer, under the aegis of NATO and OSCE. He has a M.A. in Aeronautical and Space Engineering and Economics of the Munich University of the Federal Armed Forces and is a certified project manager (IPMA).

11:15 - 11:45

Overview of U.K. Regulatory issues for unmanned systems - Angus Finnegan

Angus Finnegan is head of Communications within the IT, Telecoms and Competition group. He advises on a broad range of transactions within the communications and technology sectors as well as advising on regulatory issues. Angus works with operators (fixed, mobile and satellite), service providers, technology suppliers and corporate users. He has particular experience of advising on communications network projects, distribution arrangements (such as MVNOs), systems integrations and outsourcings. Angus has over 23 years' experience in the sector, having started his career in industry at BT Plc. He was previously Head of Telecoms for Osborne Clarke and Reed Smith.


11:50 - 12:20


Timo Stellpflug is a member of the Projects and Technology Industry Area in the Taylor Wessing's Hamburg office. The focus of his advice is commercial and contractual law and advising on international large scale technology projects concerning industrial plant construction and information technology. His practice covers the entire process from the drafting and negotiation of the relevant contracts through the implementation and completion of the project including the warranty period.

He represents clients in the context of disputes both in and out of court. Timo was also seconded to the headquarters of a US American S&P 500-rated company which allowed him to extend his sector and industry expertise. In addition, he has profound knowledge and experience in advising public clients in the course of large-volume procurement projects. Whilst studying law - with a focus on information technology law and intellectual property - he supervised projects in India, the Czech Republic and Denmark for a leading automobile supplier.

Read the whole interview in the blog.

12:25 - 12:55

Flying Blood - Dr. Dennis Göbel & Anja Ellis

With over 10 years experence in the Hospital Industry Mrs. Ellis is currently working as Assistant of the CEO of the AGAPLESION Frankfurter Diakonie Kliniken gGmbH in Frankfurt/Germany.

Prior to her current role she was based in a Hospital in Viernheim where she held leadership positions overseeing the Patient Management and Marketing Departments. With a broad range of experience, she has been part of the Drone Team at the AGAPLESION Frankfurter Diakonie Kliniken gGmbH since the very beginning. Combined with the medical background of the CEO Dr. Dennis Göbel and a wider hospital spectrum including a fully equipped laboratory, we are privileged to set up the first Blood Drone Project in Germany. Since 2014 we have been in contact with politicians and recently also with the flight security service in Frankfurt.

Dr. Dennis Göbel studied human medicine. He was active at several different hospitals and at different scales ranging from surgery, casualty surgery to anesthesia. He works as a consultant for anaesthesia since 1995 and achieved a hospital graduate in business management (2001). Since 2008 he is chairman of the AGAPLESION Frankfurter Diakonie Kliniken management. In addition he is authorized attorney of the health group AGAPLESION gAG.

13:00 - 13:30

Keynote - Brian Wynne

Brian Wynne is the President and CEO of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), the largest association representing the unmanned systems and robotics industries. Brian assumed his position on January 12, 2015 having previously led the Electric Drive Transportation Association (EDTA), a post he held since April 2004. The EDTA promotes battery, hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and fuel cell electric vehicles and infrastructure.

The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International is the world's largest nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of unmanned systems. AUVSI represents more than 7,500 members from over 60 allied countries and 2,700 organizations involved in the fields of government, industry and academia.

Mr. Wynne brings in-depth experience in transportation and technology applications gained in leadership roles with trade associations and public-private partnerships. He has previously served as Senior Vice President for business and trade at the Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITSA). Prior to that role, he led a global technology association as CEO of Association for Automatic Identification and Mobility (AIM). Mr. Wynne started his career as a legislative assistant to U.S. Senator Charles Percy and has served on several not-for-profit boards.

He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Scranton, a master’s degree from the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University, and was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Cologne in Germany. Mr. Wynne is an instrument-rated pilot who flies a Socata Trinidad.

13:35 - 14:05

Drone technology - what's now and what's next? - martin lange

B.Eng. M.Sc. Martin Lange was born 09.03.1984 in Düsseldorf (Germany). He finished US - high school in Cloverdale, CA and his Graduation of German high school in 2004. He finished the dual studies in technical draftsman in mechanical and plant engineering and mechanical engineering in 2008. In 2010 he completed a B.Sc. Engineering, in 2013 a M.Sc. Engineering.He worked as a research associate at university of applied sciences Düsseldorf. In 2015 he was Freelancer at Audi in Beijing. 2016 he joined SPECTAIR Group as project manager.

14:10 - 14:40

4G LTE drone solutions for long distance flights - life performance demo center - Jörg Brinkmeyer

Joerg Brinkmeyer was born in 1969 and studied economic informatics. He is self-employed since 1992 in distribution of electronic parts and equipment. He builds up first contacts to Asia in 1993. Since 2004 he frequently visits China, ran a manufacturing plant for FPV Camera Systems in Shenzhen from 2006 to 2014. With the FlyCamOne brand he had been one of the first entering the market of camera added radio controlled planes at that time. In 2016 founded Globe UAV GmbH, Germany, followed by Guangdong Globe UAV ltd., China, after a developing time of nearly 2 years of the new LTE Groundstation.


Read an interview with Jörg Brinkmeyer.

14:45 - 15:15

Flying with Renewable Resources - Hybrid Airplane gmbh

Dr. -Ing. Csaba Singer studied Aerospace Engineering at the University of Stuttgart/Germany until 2005 and participates since May 2001 in R&D activities concerning High Altitude Platforms. Following his aerospace engineering studies in Germany he invented a new concept of flying. 


Dr. Singer started his doctoral work in the Institute of Technical Thermodynamics of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and contributed with his doctoral thesis to the development of solar thermal power plants. With the learned tasks he built a first demonstrator of the hybrid airplane (UAV, 3kg payload, 5hr endurance, optional PV-Kit, aiming 24/7 flight) financed by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi). Actually he is CEO of the Hybrid-Airplane Technologies GmbH, based in Baden-Baden, which is dedicated to open up the 3rd dimension for human kind.

15:20 - 15:50

Drone market approaching!? - Prof. Dr. Andreas Del Re

Prof. Dr. Andreas Del Re is the director of the Institute for unmanned Systems at Northern Business School in Hamburg and the responsible coordinator of the research field of economics concerning unmanned systems. He is professor for accounting and has a long standing in business valuation. He was resposible for several portfolio managements, ratings and acquisitions for several european corporations. He released several publications on ratings and valuations as well as the impact of information and communication technologies. Prof. Dr. Del Re advises companies on how to implement and use unmanned technologies on a solid economic basis in various industries.

Prof. Dr. Del Re will talk about decisions based on accessable data is key to the economic world. It should also apply to the RPAS market.

15:55 - 16:25

Using UAS in the Maintenance Process –Airborne Thermal Imaging - Friedrich wilhelm bauer

Dipl.-Inf.-Wirt (FH) Friedrich Wilhelm Bauer was born in 1980. He attended the Fh Hanover and graduated in 2007.


From there on he is working as a scientific assistant and lecturer at the Hanover University of Technology in the Laboratory of Materials Technology. Many of his publications deal with material testing, especially thermography.

In 2016 Mr. Bauer became Head of the project lab for materials in flight operations in materials technology.

16:30 - 17:00

Maritime Unmanned Systems Technology - Prof. Dr. Carlos Jahn

Prof. Dr. Carlos Jahn was born in January 1966. He got his first diploma in engineering back in 1990 and a second business diploma in 1996. From 1985 to 1994 Mr. Jahn was an officer of the German Naval Forces in Flensburg. He spent four years on board. Between 1999 and 2004 he was head of different logistic departments of various companies.  After that he went back to University for a professorship.

Since 2010 Prof. Dr. Jahn is head of the Fraunhofer Center for Maritime Logistics in Hamburg.

17:00 - 17:30

Transforming transportation at the speed of sound - Dirk Ahlborn

Dirk Ahlborn is the CEO of Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, Inc. (HTT) and the Founder and CEO of JumpStarter Inc. Founded in 2013, HTT designs and builds the most highly profitable, fastest, safest, and environmentally friendly transportation system for passengers and goods. HTT utilizes JumpStarter’s crowdfunding and crowd collaboration platform JumpStartFund and is thus able to leverage technology and a 600+ team of global experts to bring disruptive innovation to the traditional transportation industry. Hyperloop first gained public interest when entrepreneur Elon Musk published a white paper describing a futuristic mode of transport that would transport people from Los Angeles to San Francisco in about thirty minutes. Musk handed the concept to the public and Hyperloop Transportation Technologies rose to the challenge. You can find out more at http://hyperlooptransp.com and follow him on Twitter at @justdirk.

Charity event

17:30 - 23:00

A Flying Computer: The use of unmanned, electric, intelligent and automous aircraft for conservation - Arvind Iyer

Arvind is the Executive Director of The Charles A. and Anne Morrow Lindbergh Foundation. He has been involved in conservation causes for many years, and has a deep technology background centered around Big Data, Cyber Security and IoT. Prior to his current role, Arvind worked as a management consultant for Fortune 500 clients globally. Arvind is an avid pilot and is always looking for opportunities to use flight to address environmental and conservation issues.