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

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

What’s the latest with the FAA’s drone regulations?

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is still working on its first step in regulating small unmanned aircraft systems. A notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) was publicly released Feb. 15, and the period for comments closed on April 24. Now the industry is waiting for the FAA to complete its analysis, and if the recent FAA Regulations panel at the International Drone Exposition and Conference (InterDrone) in Las Vegas this week was any indication, the industry will have a long wait.

Sep 10, 2015 11:07:00 AM

Topics: InterDrone, Regulation

The future of drones means drones combined with anything

2015 has been a big year for drones. For some, this year marks the year of drones, but for Chris Anderson, CEO of 3D Robotics and founder of DIY Drones, 2016 will be the year the industry’s innovation really takes off.

Sep 9, 2015 4:15:00 PM

Topics: InterDrone

InterDrone Las Vegas Welcomes Leading Venture Capitalists to Program

Accel Partners to Sponsor Start-Up Zone

Offers panel sessions and The Hangar for start-ups to connect with leading funding companies

BZ Media LLC announced today stellar lineups for InterDrone’s panel discussions “Leading VCs Discuss Next Wave or Drone Innovation” and “Ways to Fund Your Drone Business.” InterDrone is being held in Las Vegas, Sept. 9-10-11 at the Rio, and features more than 100 classes, panels and keynotes, including 3D Robotics CEO Chris Anderson and keynotes from AeroVironment, DJI and Parrot.

Aug 10, 2015 2:26:00 PM

Topics: InterDrone

InterDrone Las Vegas Conference Program Announced

Largest, Most Comprehensive Conference Program for Commercial Drone Market in History

BZ Media LLC announced today the InterDrone™ technical conference featuring more than 104 classes, panels and keynotes. The event will debut at the Rio in Las Vegas, Sept. 9-10-11, and will also include an Exhibit Hall with more than 85 industry-leading exhibitors, a Yes-Fly Zone for drone demos, the InterDrone Film Festival, and the Women in Drones Networking Luncheon. Chris Anderson, CEO of 3D Robotics and founder of DIY Drones, will deliver the Opening Keynote address to more than 3,000 drone builders, flyers and buyers on Wednesday September 9.

Jul 20, 2015 1:00:00 PM

Topics: InterDrone

Leading Women Join InterDrone for Special Drone Networking Lunch

Panel discussion on accomplishments so far, new opportunities, and the impact women can bring to an exploding industry

BZ Media LLC announced today the addition of the Women in Drones Lunch and Panel, a special networking event, to the International Drone Conference and Exposition being held September 9-10-11 at The Rio in Las Vegas. The event will be led by Lisa Ellman, a partner and leading public policy lawyer at Hogan Lovells and co-chair of the firm’s global Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Group. She will be joined by Sally French, journalist at the Wall Street Journal, blogger behind, and social media editor for MarketWatch; Dyan Gibbens, leader of Trumbull Unmanned and Unmanned Cowboys, and Gretchen West, who supports NASA on a variety of UAS integration programs and formerly Vice President of Business Development and Regulatory Affairs at DroneDeploy.

May 19, 2015 8:52:00 AM

Topics: InterDrone, Women in Drones

Drone TechCon: Drone innovators and policy makers have to work together

Commercial drones are already being utilized in industries such as real estate, movie production, search and rescue, and agriculture, but the drone industry is about to get a lot bigger in the next couple of years—and it is up to the drone innovators and policy makers to bring it to that next level.

May 5, 2015 2:11:00 PM

Topics: InterDrone, Regulation