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Editor’s View: Great Minds

I’m excited for you to join us at this year’s Government Video Expo, held December 6-8 in Washington, D.C. I think you’ll benefit from every aspect of the show: trying new technologies on the exhibit floor, learning at educational sessions, attending the National Drone Show and Government Technology Learning Symposium, and hearing from our (awesome) expert keynote speakers. By the way, all of these events are free. Just visit get your pass.

We’ve assembled some amazing, inspiring keynotes for the show—speakers with experience and knowledge on a range of video initiatives and environments. Our roster of keynote speakers includes:

  • Robert G. Kennedy, president and co-CEO of C-SPAN
  • Gail McCabe, former broadcast journalist at the American Forces Radio & Television Service, and executive director of CreativeMediaMatters
  • Timothy Herlocker, director of the Emergency Operations Center at the Fire Department of New York City
  • Rodney Grubbs, program manager for NASA’s Imagery Experts Program
  • Lisa Ellman, partner and co-chair of the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Practice at the law firm Hogan Lovells
  • Renard Jenkins, vice president of production and media distribution, PBS Operation  

You can find the full list of speakers and our conference schedule at

We’re also producing a series of paid educational conferences. The three-day DC Post|Production Conference takes place on Dec. 6, 7 and 8; the intensive day-long Production Sessions are also on Dec. 6, 7 and 8; and the Advanced UAV Workshop is on Dec. 7. Visit and click on “Program” to see the entire schedule.

If you’d like a discount code for any of the paid sessions, e-mail me directly and I’ll be happy to get you one. Let’s just call it the Digital Video “friends and family” rate.

I look forward to seeing you at the show. Come say hi—I love to hear what everyone’s working on, thinking about and interested in learning.

Showcase Your Work: DC Drone Film Festival

The DC Drone Film Festival, a highlight of the National Drone Show, will celebrate the visionary work of drone videographers from across the country and around the world. Share your passion for aerial filmmaking with your peers! We are now accepting submissions. Find out more at

Winners in each category will receive a $250 cash prize. Winning videos will be screened throughout the National Drone Show in December. Creators of three of the winning videos will receive a Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera.