Vufine Voted “Coolest Start-up” at InterDrone 2015

Most comprehensive industry event brought together nearly 2,800 drone builders, flyers and buyers from 48 countries and all 50 states

MELVILLE, N.Y., October 5, 2015 —  BZ Media LLC announced that Sunnyvale-based Vufine was voted the winner of the best new start-up contest at InterDrone. InterDrone The International Drone Conference & Exposition held at the Rio in Las Vegas Sept 9, 10, and 11 drew 2,797 attendees from 48 different countries around the world as well as all fifty states. The event featured nearly 100 exhibiting companies in 148 booths. Chris Anderson, CEO of 3D Robotics and founder of DIY Drones, delivered the Opening Keynote address and called that moment in time as the equivalent of the dawn of the Internet.

Oct 5, 2015 10:58:06 AM

InterDrone: Passion, Problems and Potential of Drone Technology

On its first day, InterDrone, the International Drone Conference in Las Vegas, (Sept. 9-11, revealed the passion, problems and potential of this new technology and movement.

I’m calling drones a movement and not just a technology because a new video chip with enhanced refresh rates, say, is a new technology, but no one gets that excited. Drones, on the other hand, bring out positive and negative feelings as classic breakthroughs such as automobiles, flight, and nuclear power do.

The passion and potential were obvious, but some of the problems I uncovered were revealed unintentionally.

Oct 2, 2015 1:15:00 PM

Topics: InterDrone

Inaugural Women in Drones Event at InterDrone a Huge Success

Stellar Lineup and Panel Discussion Inspired Audience of More Than 50 Top Level Leaders; Fostered Unique Networking Opportunity for Women in the UAV Market

BZ Media LLC announced today the success of its Women in Drones Luncheon, a special networking event at InterDrone™ The International Drone Conference & Exposition held on September 10 at The Rio in Las Vegas. Lisa Ellman, Partner and Global UAS Group Chair at Hogan Lovells, led the event, which brought together more than 50 leading women in the commercial drone industry to discuss challenges and triumphs faced by women in the predominantly male industry.

Sep 30, 2015 11:21:00 AM

Topics: Women in Drones

InterDrone 2015 Closes as Largest Commercial Drone Show

Most comprehensive industry event brought together nearly 2,800 drone builders, flyers and buyers from 48 countries and all 50 states


Sep 24, 2015 2:38:08 PM

Topics: InterDrone

Inaugural InterDrone Film Festival Crowns Winner

Nearly 2,800 drone builders, flyers and buyers watch winning films, vote for "People’s Choice"

MELVILLE, N.Y., September 21, 2015 — BZ Media LLC announced today the winners of the first annual InterDrone™ Film Festival which took place September 9 at the Rio hotel in Las Vegas. The grand prize and a check for $2,000 for the Best Video overall went to Scott Sporleder of Matador Network for Jordan From The Air.

Sep 24, 2015 8:52:00 AM

Topics: InterDrone

DJI announces aerial Micro Four Thirds cameras at InterDrone

Photographers and videographers using DJI’s drones to capture their images may be excited about the latest announcement to come out of the International Drone Conference and Exposition (InterDrone) in Las Vegas this week. DJI announced what it said is the first commercial aerial Micro Four Thirds camera. Micro Four Thirds is based on the concept of high-quality, digital-dedicated design for pictures.

Sep 11, 2015 1:33:07 PM

Topics: Releases

Skyward announces an information-management solution for operators

Skyward, an information-management platform for aerial robotics, wants to help commercial drone operators better plan their flights. The company just announced its first information-management solution at the International Drone Conference and Exposition (InterDrone) in Las Vegas this week.

(InterDrone is produced by BZ Media, publisher of InterDrone News.)

“In the last year, I’ve seen the commercial drone market evolve rapidly, with over 1,400 FAA grants to date,” said Jonathan Evans, CEO of Skyward. “Skyward gives those operators comprehensive tools to access the sky and meet their business objectives. Skyward is committed to powering the next generation of aviation.”

The new platform is designed to provide operators with flight-planning tools, and a record system to track information and airspace data necessary for business, insurance or regulatory requirements.

The key features include an airspace map; flight planning and logging tools; a digital system of record that manages personnel, drones and equipment; online storage; and support from regulatory and operational experts.

“Skyward is built to power commercial drone businesses,” said Evans. “Existing maps and apps built for hobbyists don’t meet the requirements of a professional operation. Skyward is the one solution a drone operator needs to navigate the new rules of the sky and run their business.”

Sep 11, 2015 1:23:15 PM

Topics: Releases, Software

Former FAA employee talks drone regulations

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has been catching some heat with its proposed drone regulations and the slow-moving process around them. Jim Williams, former manager of the FAA’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) integration office, spoke at the International Drone Conference and Exposition (InterDrone) this week in Las Vegas, giving some insight into what is going on behind the FAA’s thought process.

Sep 10, 2015 3:10:26 PM

Topics: Regulation

Going from consumer to professional drones

The only difference between a consumer drone and a professional drone is what you do with it, according to Yannick Lévy, vice president of corporate business development at Parrot, who spoke at the International Drone Conference and Exposition (InterDrone) in Las Vegas this week.

Sep 10, 2015 11:57:24 AM

Topics: InterDrone

What venture capitalists are looking for in the drone industry

While 3D Robotics and DJI seem to be leading the drone industry and headlines with their latest releases and funding rounds, there is still room for other players in the game.

“The market is huge; we are just in the very beginning, and there is an opportunity for there to be multiple winners just like there are for other industries,” said David Lam, director and head of the U.S. office of WestSummit Capital.

Lam was joined by Miles Clements, principal at Accel Partners; David Famolari, director at Verizon Ventures; and Sanjit Dang, investment director at Intel Capital at the International Drone Conference and Exposition (InterDrone) this week in Las Vegas to talk about the next wave of drone innovation and what their organizations look for when considering an investment.

(InterDrone is produced by BZ Media, the publisher of InterDrone News.)

While none of the venture capitalists could give specifics about their recent investments, they were able to give an insight into what makes a drone startup, developer or business stand out.

While all the hype lately has been around consumer drones, the speakers saw the enterprise market as the largest opportunity. According to Famolari, Verizon Ventures looks for companies that are close with their customers and are solving their problems. Dang revealed that Intel Capital is looking for technologies that can help catapult the drone market forward, whether that means through software or hardware. In general, the speakers cited strategic and financial reasons for investing in a company, such as the benefits for investors, how will the company expand the market or create a new market, and whether it makes sense financially.

Some advice the speakers had for drone entrepreneurs looking for venture capital included:

  • Continue to network, work hard and be kind
  • Be conscious of how you frame opportunities to venture capitalists, and consider how your company sees strategic value
  • Stay humble and expect to learn much because the drone industry is rapidly changing every day

“The evaluation of your company, the money, and the ability to fundraise is in yours and [your] customers hands,” said Dang.

Sep 10, 2015 11:30:47 AM

Topics: InterDrone