SkyGrid, a Boeing, SparkCognition company bringing artificial intelligence, blockchain and over a century of aviation experience to the drone space, today announced the addition of Rumi Morales, partner and board member at Outlier Ventures and former head of CME Ventures to his advisory board. In her role at SkyGrid, Morales will help nurture the ecosystem relationships and technology strategy that will define SkyGrid’s next generation products.

Morales is a pioneer in blockchain technologies and digital currency and a leading educator and investor in artificial intelligence, robotics and quantum computing companies. In her previous position at CME Ventures, the Chicago-based investment arm of CME Group, Morales was responsible for early investments in blockchain startup Ripple, distributed ledger startup Digital Asset Holdings and investment company Digital Currency Group. In general, Morales led investments in blockchain companies as well as companies specializing in AI, IoT, and quantum computing.

“SkyGrid has seen tremendous growth and industry interest in its platform. This is mainly because we have focused on building a highly skilled team of innovators, ”said Amir Husain, President and CEO of SkyGrid. “As a proven leader in blockchain technologies and the crypto ecosystem, Rumi will bring valuable knowledge to the SkyGrid team and play a key role as we continue to scale and build our next-generation platform for autonomy and aviation.”

SkyGrid was recently included in the Forbes 2021 Top 50 blockchain list and leverages the functionality of blockchain and AI to provide safe and secure airspace management for drones. This blockchain-enabled air traffic control system enables accurate, unchangeable flight records, maintenance and regulatory validation and transparency. In addition to the use of blockchain in autonomous aviation, the company has already demonstrated many technology innovations, including a recent “world first” flight demonstration that demonstrated AI-powered cyber defense capabilities fully integrated on board an autonomous, unmanned aerial vehicle.

“I am delighted to be accompanying SkyGrid on its way to defining the future of large-scale unmanned aviation. This is an important mission where security, verifiability and trust are all important roles. Blockchain technology plays a vital role in enabling all of these features and I look forward to helping the SkyGrid team take their breakthrough platform to the next level. “

About SkyGrid
SkyGrid, a Boeing company of SparkCognition, powers the next generation of aviation. As the only airspace management system based on AI and blockchain, SkyGrid solves the industry’s greatest challenges in integrating unmanned aircraft into global airspace and performing autonomous operations. SkyGrid’s AerialOS ™ monitors, forecasts, and adapts to changes in air traffic, environmental conditions, and vehicle health to intelligently route, synchronize, and manage unmanned aircraft. SkyGrid, based in Austin, Texas, enables a variety of commercial drone missions from parcel delivery to emergency assistance.