December 2023

Since 2021, the popular Dawn of Drones podcast has been connecting a global audience directly with the game-changing people and platforms who continue making a difference in the drone, advanced air mobility (AAM) and autonomous industries. With over a hundred such episodes already produced, the show’s creator, Dawn Zoldi of Colorado-based P3 Tech Consulting LLC (P3 Tech) and producer Mike Pehel of New-York’s UpStreem, together with show presentation partner, the Association for Uncrewed Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), today announce an exciting evolution for the show in its upcoming 2024 season: a name change to the Dawn of Autonomy.

Why autonomy? Show host, Zoldi, a 28-year U.S. Air Force retired Colonel, licensed attorney, certificated Part 107 pilot and globally renowned industry expert explains, “We’ve already been covering a wide range of emerging technologies on the Dawn of Drones, our related Full Crew newscast and as part of our Law-Tech Connect™ Workshops – from artificial intelligence and weather sensors to AAM infrastructure, multi-domain software, maritime operations, EVs and more.” She continued, “We recognize that, in the future, drones will be one part of an array of automated systems that will act together harmoniously across the full range of use cases, from delivery to inspection to security services. We wanted the name to reflect the wide range of those technologies to be more inclusive, as well as more precise. Words matter.”

Zoldi and Pehel’s Full Crew newscast features the leading voices in tech, discussing the hottest topics including AI, IoT, robotics and drones. The format involves candid first impressions of the stories shaping the industry to enable viewers to gain key insights into technologies that are reshaping the world.

Also for the past 2 years, Zoldi’s Law-Tech Connect™ (LTC) Workshop has been a premier co-located event at the annual AUVSI XPONENTIAL providing world-class legal, regulatory and policy knowledge relating to multi-domain uncrewed systems and enabling technologies. This dynamic one-day educational workshop also qualifies as an accredited Continuing Legal Education (CLE) program for attorneys. P3 Tech and AUVSI are already planning the 3rd Annual LTC Workshop, to take place in San Diego on April 22, 2024.

AUVSI VP, Strategic Programs, Keely Griffith, said, “We love this name change! It’s consistent with our mission to advance uncrewed systems and robotics, across all domains, in both the military and commercial sectors. We are excited to continue our partnership with P3 Tech and UpStreem and to help take the show to a whole new level together.”

The 45-minute Dawn of Autonomy podcast will continue to  live stream every Wednesday at 9am MT/11 am ET simultaneously to both AUVSI channels (website, YouTube, X) and Zoldi’s (YouTube, X, Facebook, LinkedIn). It will again feature all-star guests from across the entire uncrewed ecosystem, including space, who discuss their efforts, linked to monthly themes. Next year’s themes include “R&D to Real World Ops,” “Dual Use Tech” and “Secure Skies,” to name a few. The Dawn of Autonomy will kick off the new year with “New Tech” month, sponsored by industry newcomer AIBOT.

The related Drone Law Connections (DLC) drop-in audio chat club on the Clubhouse app will also continue to run next year, with two significant changes. Instead of a weekly chat, DLC will now become a once-a-month chat on the first Thursday every month, 11am MT/1pm ET. The plan is to have all Dawn of Autonomy guests for any given month join the room to talk about their link to the month’s theme (e.g. “January – New Tech”). Zoldi is also completely handing over the reins to co-hosts Maggie Schuster and Sam “The Dronist” Scully, who have both played a major role in Clubhouse this year, to moderate the monthly discussions throughout 2024.

For more information about how to book your guest appearance on the 2024 Dawn of Autonomy podcast (which also includes a Clubhouse audio chat) contact Dawn Zoldi at info@p3techconsulting or Mike Greeson at mgreeson@auvsi.org.

About AUVSI

The Association for Uncrewed Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), the world’s largest nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of uncrewed systems and robotics, represents corporations and professionals from more than 60 countries involved in industry, government and academia. AUVSI members work in the defense, civil and commercial markets.

About P3 Tech Consulting

P3 Tech Consulting LLC is a U.S. company that connects people who have a passion for advanced technology platforms with full spectrum policy-relevant information to propel their companies and to do global good. Its services include consulting, expert presentations and publications on tech legal & policy issues, strategic planning and policy/program creation with an emphasis on UAS and AAM. P3 Tech delivers unique education programs and content that partner with academia, the legal ecosystem, technical programs and commercial expos.

About UpStreem

UpStreem provides technical production services. The company has more than 10 years of experience producing video content, building websites and fostering community growth and business development across various social media platforms. Its CEO, Mike Pehel has passion for innovative marketing techniques. He has worked as a marketer in the commercial drone industry and acted as an advocate and voice for the industry in his former role as Chair of the InterDrone conference.

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