John McKenna

Co-Founder & CEO,

Speaker Bio is a UK-based Boeing-backed business developing cutting-edge technology for autonomous flight ("The OS for Autonomous Flight"). Founding team ex. Apple, CERN, McLaren & hedge funds. Our enterprise platform enables control-room based remote operation of connected & autonomous aerial vehicle fleets at national scale.

As CEO at, John leads on strategy, product, financing and sales. 

Previous career: Managing Director, BeTomorrow UK - included conceiving and leading sales for the drone display business which became Dronisos, one of the leading drone entertainment businesses in the world (2013-17); supported Makani Power’s CEO seeking investment in Europe (2012-13 - acquired by Google X); Group Commercial Director at OC Sport - from start-up to one of the largest outdoor sports marketing businesses in the world (2003-12 acquired by Télégramme Group); Strategy Consultant at Marakon Associates - consulting to senior teams at ABN AMRO, Barclays and BT (2000-03); and Structural Engineer at ARUP - amongst other projects, led the onsite team for £30m rebuild of New Grand Stand at Lords Cricket Ground (1994 – 2000).

BE Civil Engineering, University College Dublin. 1st Class Hons.

MSc Structural Steel, Imperial College, London. Under scholarship. Distinction.