WHAT IS AUTONOMOUS NATION CONFERENCE?

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Our History.

Autonomous Nation Conference is a full-day conference focusing on the autonomous industry and how it relates to these key sectors - energy, agriculture, urban air mobility and unmanned systems. City employees, policymakers, and industry leaders will converge to share and discuss innovations, autonomy, and technology. 

This conference is the successor to Drone Focus Conference, which was held for five years from 2015 to 2019. When our team came together to discuss the future of Drone Focus, we decided it was time to shift the focus to a larger look at the autonomous industry. Unmanned aerial vehicles are just one part of the autonomous industry. As we think about encompassing the entire autonomous industry, we’ll be able to cover topics within the autonomy industry as it relates to agriculture, energy, urban air mobility, and the unmanned systems industry. 

Autonomous Nation Conference is powered by Emerging Prairie.

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Our Mission. The Vision.

Our mission is to be a catalyst and converge government employees, industry leaders, and entrepreneurs to set North Dakota as the most cutting edge, autonomy-friendly region in the world. 

Autonomy is no longer a dream, but a reality. At the Autonomous Nation Conference, we believe in the impact that autonomous systems can have across our region, solving issues such as workforce shortages, inefficiencies, and technology gaps.

MEET THE TEAM

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ANDREW JASON

SPEAKER CURATION

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DANI HAEKENKAMP

LOGISTICS COORDINATOR

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DARBY NJOS

COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR

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EMMA MCINTYRE

SPONSOR & SPEAKER SUPPORT

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ANDREW PARSONS

DIGITAL MARKETING COORDINATOR

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GREG TEHVEN

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR & CO-FOUNDER

ABOUT EMERGING PRAIRIE

Emerging Prairie is an organization that focuses on connecting and celebrating the entrepreneurial ecosystem through innovative programming and events that move the needle and ignite economic growth for the state of North Dakota. With our values, mission and vision as a guiding force, we strive to support the founders, creators and community builders across the state to be curious and relentless in their pursuits.

MISSION: To connect and celebrate the entrepreneurial ecosystem.

VISION: The relentless pursuit to improve the human condition both locally and beyond.

OUR VALUES

  • Accelerate Entrepreneurs: We host events that give entrepreneurs a platform to share their passion about their business or idea. We continue to strengthen programs that provide opportunities for entrepreneurs to learn and connect.
  • Educate Our Region: By bringing ideas to the region and challenging the status quo, we can move our community forward. Through events, programming, and using our influence to convene leaders, we are able to move ideas to action and impact.
  • Infuse the Arts: We create opportunities for the arts/artists to be incorporated into all of our events and programs. We believe artists are the vital culture creators in a community; culture is a key factor in building community.
  • Build On Our Bright Spots: We are cheerleaders and champions of the people who are doing great things in our community. Working from the idea of “a rising tide lifts all boats,” we celebrate those who are making progress and positively impacting our community.
  • Practice Radical Inclusivity: As the fabric of our community becomes richer, we need to create an environment to welcome people from a variety of backgrounds, faiths, lifestyles, etc. We firmly believe we can do this through our actions, which is why it has become a priority for our organization.

 

View the Emerging Prairie Annual Report to see how our work supports the entrepreneurial ecosystem. 

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