UC18 Vancouver Media Accreditation

USC-STC  is welcoming applications from accredited journalists to attend #UC18VANCOUVER from October 30 – November 1, taking place at the Westin Bayshore Hotel in downtown Vancouver, BC.

This is Canada’s premiere conference for the growing field of unmanned systems, including ground and water-based autonomous vehicles, as well as traditional UAVs or “drones” (which are now officially known in Canadian legislation as Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems, or RPAS).

Highlights include:

  • The announcement of new regulations from the Transport Canada-Industry Task Force for both recreational and commercial drone operators. 
  • Presentations and panels on:
    • Uber’s planned aerial service – Uber ElevateUnmanned Traffic Management (UTM): How to ensure manned and unmanned aircraft can safely share airspace
    • The growing role of drones in industrial applications, search and rescue, disaster scenarios (including a recent tornado in Ontario) and even coastal and wildlife monitoring
    • A special emphasis on the growing potential for drones in the Canadian Arctic, including both the opportunities – along with potential challenges. (You can download the complete agenda for each day here.)

Please note: All media are welcome for the opening news event October 30 @ 0800 PDT. Complete details of that event can be found here.

However, only a limited number of media passes will be available for the entire conference, with preference for established news organizations or individuals with recent bylines in this field and concrete assignments. 

To apply for accreditation consideration, please email [email protected] no later than Friday, October 26 at 5:00PM PDT.

Please include the following information in your request:

  • Name and contact information
  • The news organization you represent
  • Links to recent work(s)
  • Your assigning editor’s name and contact information
  • Any other information you feel we should know

Thank you. We will respond to all emails. 

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