ORGANIZATION

DroneWarz is a non-profit organization that focuses on engaging the community with exciting games, contests, and events that will inspire and ignite an industry in flight . Our programs are designed primarily for research and education purposes with a focus on emerging UAV technologies. DroneWarz programs include outreach to both youth and adult cyber security and drone communities to raise awareness to these transformational and disruptive technologies and their overall safety and security potential. 


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LEADERSHIP

These are the dedicated people behind DroneWarz that volunteer their time to deliver remarkable outcomes for enthusiasts and the community. 

Erin Patrick Owens > DarkSkyz

Erin is the founder and CEO of DroneWarz. He is an industry cyber security expert with over 20 years of experience having served as a CISO for over 10 large US based firms. He is a long time drone enthusiast and has been leading Robotics hacking and drone hacking programs at DefCon since DefCon24. He won coach of the year in Colorado in 2016 for his innovative contributions with First Robotics and continues to build programs that inspire others to engage technology in new ways. He is considered an expert in cyber warfare False Flags and attribution fault analysis and is contributing to the ethical hacking community by taking our ware to the skyz (See the DroneWarz "Skyz" Payloadz and Project SkyJacker - the first wireless assault drone ever released). 

Justin Whitehead > H0m3l3ss [email protected]

Justin is the CTO of DroneWarz. He is an industry cyber security expert and CEO of Digital Silence, a world-class provider of information security research and consulting services. Justin conducts manual external and internal penetration testing across a wide range of sectors (government, healthcare, financial, aerospace, etc.) to help clients validate compliance with internal policy and industry best practices. In his spare time, Justin leads the development of Skyz, the DroneWarz OS and flight controller for extended offensive and defensive cyber operations in Drones. His innovations with Raspberry Pi and Debian Lte have created the first ever open source drone and robotics platform (See the DroneWarz "Skyz" Payloadz and Project SkyJacker - the first wireless assault drone ever released). 

Chris Kiggins > Kaptain Kaveman

Chris is the Chief Drone Scientist at DroneWarz.  He has a cyber security background and serves as an industry drone expert building enterprise solutions for a large drone firm in Colorado. Chris has been with DroneWarz since DefCon24. He designs and innovates commercial and professional UAVs to meet the unique demands of his clients and travels the country with drone enthusiasts at related conferences and events. Chris works on game changing DroneWarz platforms and innovations that will ignite an industry in flight. (See the DroneWarz SkyJacker - the first wireless assault drone ever released). 

Travis Hartman > HeadShrinker

Travis is a Drone Scientist at DroneWarz.  He is an industry cyber security expert and coordinates complex groups of cyber, information operations, and other capabilities within research and development groups. He is also the Curriculum Director for the Cyber Security Forum Initiative raising awareness to cyber warfare. He leads a large security conference and is a drone enthusiast and futurist. Travis joined DroneWarz at DefCon26 and now augments both our Platformz and Paylaodz teams to help develop Project SkyJacker 2.0 and new designs planned for DefCon27. 

Jason Penney > DiveStick

Jason is the Events Director for DroneWarz. He is an industry cyber security expert and CISO for a large healthcare firm. Jason joined DroneWarz at DefCon26 and helped make the Village a huge success. He has been attending DefCon for years and now combines this community passion with his beginner MultiGP racer skills in Dallas TX to sponsor and lead DroneWarz initiatives. Jason will be evolving the gamez at DroneWarz with our scientists to create new and extraordinary outcomes. 

Sujeet Bambawale > DeadShot

Sujeet is the Marketing Director at DroneWarz. He is an industry cyber security expert and leads cyber security engineering teams at Symantec. Sujeet has been with DroneWarz since DefCon25 and now heads up Talks and Marketing initiatives. He has presented at several national events and will enable our growing corporate sponsors and exciting programs to break traditional DefCon boundaries. 

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