LAEDC’s Annual Economic Forecast & Industry Outlook

The Tesla Foundation is proud to moderate the LAEDC’s Annual Economic Forecast & Industry Outlook. The LAEDC provides an accurate planning tool for the coming year, and the special topic of The Next Generation of Mobility will provide an insider’s look at what lies ahead for our region in the areas of autonomous vehicles, commercial drones, high-speed commuting, goods movement, and the impact of this innovation on our cities.









2nd Annual International Drone Expo (IDE)

Organized by UAVSA (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Systems Association), The Tesla Foundation, and E.J. Krause & Associates, IDE is the official marketplace for all things drone.

IDE draws over 125 international exhibitors and 4,500+ buyers from around the world. The two day event will feature an exhibit floor displaying a variety of drones, parts, and services for commercial applications in cinematography, photography, real estate, emergency response, agriculture, oil & gas, mining, mapping and surveying, underwater exploration, and law enforcement, along with a host of other sectors for commercialists and consumers.

IDE is also the host of the leading commercial drone conference in the world. The high level business conference will bring together the leading experts in the drone industry, focusing on the latest rules and regulations, in-depth the challenges and solutions, case studies, as well as how drone technology can help facilitate business and improve bottom line performance.

We are just beginning a new era of aviation. The future is now and drones are here to stay! With more sophisticated sensors, enhanced digital technology, GPS and LIDAR systems, drones and other robotic vehicles are revolutionizing the way we live and do business. Drones became an economically feasible choice for business owners and prosumers ushering in the biggest gateway to aviation we have ever seen.  Much like the internet boom, drones are changing our lives for the better. The commercial drone sector will continue to be a key growth factor in creating next generation technology.



Tesla Foundation and the UAVSA meet with members of the White House and FAA

Keith Kaplan CEO of the Tesla Foundation and the UAVSA met with members of the White House and FAA with Professor Raja Sengupa of UC Berkeley, former White House Counsel Lisa Ellman of McKenna, Long, and Aldridge, today to discuss the issues surrounding a “Drone Pilot’s License”, which would assure the ability for our Veterans that have been injured and US Citizen’s that because of physical limitations can’t get a pilot’s license to be employed in the new “Drone Economy”. To introduce the benefit of implementing air traffic control measures with SafeFlight Systems™, the software to manage drone traffic and could have prevented the “Lawn Crash”, and the issues regarding FAA rule making impeding commercial use of Drones.

The Tesla Foundation has created the Professional Drone Association the UAVSA ( to give a voice to the emerging Professional Drone Community in this process and foster the community in the spirit of collaboration and the open source tradition of the scientific and engineering community.









The CEO of the Tesla Foundation Speaks at the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi on the disruptive and transformative power of innovation.

The World Future Energy Summit (WFES) is an annual event, dedicated to advancing future energy, energy efficiency and clean technologies. Held under the patronage of Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, WFES includes a summit, an exhibition, the Project Village, Round Table Discussions, the Young Future Energy Leaders program, corporate meetings and social events.

The Summit attracts world leaders[who?], international policy makers, industry leaders, investors, experts, academia, intellectuals and journalists to discuss practical and sustainable solutions to future energy challenges.

The Summit, hosted by Masdar, Abu Dhabi’s renewable energy company and staged at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, represents a business platform bringing together project owners and solution providers with investors and buyers from both the public and private sectors. The Summit is also an opportunity for everyone with an interest in addressing climate change to come together to share solutions, reach agreements and continue to make progress.



 The First Ever Commercial International Drone Expo

For the first time in history the entire global commercial drone community is converged at the LA Drone Expo on Saturday 12/13/14, that’s Dec 13th 2014. DJI, 3D Robotics, Aerial Media Pros, Rotor Drone Magazine, Epson, Zeiss, and many more along with the best commercial and hollywood drone pilots in the world all in one Expo!

This expo is the work of the first and biggest commercial drone association in the world, the UAVSA (Unmanned Autonomous Vehicle Systems Association). The association created by the Tesla Foundation and was formed by the people that are at the core of this revolution and who are looking out for the commercial, professional and enthusiast community of drone entrepreneurs, users and makers at every level for the safe and ethical use of drones everywhere.








January 25th Award Recipient Linden Blue

The Nikola Tesla Center for Invention presents an evening with one of the masters of modern energy and aviation with the presentation of the Nikola Tesla Award for Innovation.

Linden S. Blue is co-owner of General Atomics, a diversified international high technology company with world leadership positions in fusion, fission, training research and isotope nuclear reactors, high power lasers, high power electromagnetics, ultra wide band telecommunications, and unmanned surveillance and strike aircraft (Predator). Since 1986, he has concentrated his activities on the development of the advanced, second-generation Modular Helium Reactor (MHR).  Since 2001, Blue also has been CEO of Spectrum Aeronautical LLC, a company involved in development of advanced composites aircraft manufacturing systems.

Blue is also co-founder and chairman of the Executive Committee of Cordillera Corporation of Denver, a holding company with principal assets in real estate, gas utilities, and oil and gas production. From 1982 to 1984, he was president and CEO of Beech Aircraft Corporation and a director of Raytheon Company. From 1980 to 1982, he was managing director and CEO of Lear Fan Limited. From 1977 to 1980, he was with Gates Learjet Corporation, serving as executive vice president and general manager, and earlier as head of strategic planning.

Blue’s other activities include: Board of Overseers, Center for Naval Analysis; Board of Trustees and Executive Committee, Hudson Institute; board member and past president, Green Foundation (geophysics and planetary physics); board member, National Parks Foundation; chairman of the Airports and Airways Committee, General Aviation Manufacturers Association; and board member, Burnham Institute (cancer and diseases of aging research).

Blue received his bachelor’s degree from Yale University in 1958, and is also a graduate of the Advanced Management program of the Harvard Business School.







The Nikola Tesla Invention Series

Where there is Invention there’s prosperity. Invention has no race, no religious preference, no social or government election, it is just human creativity and the processes needed for its distribution and integration to serve mankind.

Tesla Foundation Group Center for Invention was established in 2010 to help all people and countries build prosperity by promoting creative thinking, invention development, support and processes. As an activation methodology to these important efforts, TFG has created a series of events celebrating invention and inventors.

At each event, TFG identifies inventions and inventors recognizing the manifestation of their thoughts and celebrating the life of an inventor who has through their work created systems, services and products to improve mankind. Each TFG series event brings together inventors and thinkers awarding one inventor with the prestigious Nikola Tesla Invention Award for their special unique and important contribution to mankind.

In addition to the Nikola Tesla awards ceremonies the event anchor will interview the Nikola Tesla Award honoree about his or her invention(s) and their human story of failure and success behind the scenes.

Each of the TFG series events are filmed and distributed free online to the general public, schools, universities and industry providing information for personal growth and education. All of the events will be subtitled in English and later TFG will add other languages. The videos will be available at and are released under a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND license, so they may be freely shared by anyone on any other website or blog globally.