The 1st ever EU Drone Awards is almost there. Indeed on 24th January, at the European Parliament, the names of the 3 winners per category will be announced. During this amazing evening, the guests will have the opportunity to meet main actors in the drone economy from the regulatory side, consulting side startups side and corporate side. Find here more information regarding the event.
Last week we introduced you to our top finalists. Now it is time for you to meet two of our high-level jury members.
They come from companies that are contributing to the development of the drone economy: David Hoffman Associate General Counsel and Global Privacy Officer at Intel and Philippe Duvivier Business Developer at Parrot Drones.
Intel Jury’s member
David Hoffman is Associate General Counsel and Global Privacy Officer at Intel Corporation. In this capacity, he heads the organization that oversees Intel’s privacy and security policy activities and supports Intel’s business groups which create technology and spur innovation in Internet of Things, cloud computing, big data, artificial intelligence, connected cars as well as drones. Mr. Hoffman is also a Senior Lecturing Fellow at Duke University School of Law.
Intel insight on the Drone Economy
Founded in 1968, Intel is a world leader in computing innovation. Today, Intel is transforming from a company that primarily serves the PC industry to one that also powers the cloud and billions of smart, connected computing devices. With revenue of $55.3 billion in 2016, Intel has more than 100,000 employees in 63 countries and customers in over 120 countries.
Intel started investing in drones in 2014 because it was already clear that UAVs are one of the computing platforms of the future. UAVs will enable a myriad of applications and services, which will spur significant economic growth.
Drones have a tremendous potential to support cutting-edge research, create new jobs and industries, and most importantly, improve and save people’s lives. Multiple drones per pilot and flights beyond the line of sight are the technology imperatives to push the boundaries of innovation for social benefit.
Intel’s technology is the backbone propelling everything from commercial inspection use cases to new light shows spectacles. Intel manufactures professional drones as well as drone compute platforms. Intel’s products are designed with safety and performance in mind. In 2016, Intel acquired two European drone companies – Ascending Technologies and MAVinci – proving the prominence of European know-how in the drone space. Intel is also partnering with many other innovative companies to develop cutting-edge hardware and software solutions for a larger drone deployment across different sectors.
Parrot Jury’s member
Philippe Duvivier is a Business Developer at Parrot Drones. Philippe is scouting the world for innovative civil drone professional use, and expanding the Parrot Professional drone ecosystem through merge & acquisitions.
Parrot insight on the Drone Economy
Founded in 1994 by Henri Seydoux, the Company is a French technology firm that has a strong international focus and has successfully adapted its business model over the years.
Headquartered in Paris, the Company employs more than 1,000 people worldwide, with nearly half focused on research and development, and it generates the vast majority of its sales on international markets. The Company has been listed on Euronext Paris (FR0004038263 – PARRO) since 2006.Pioneering the identification of tomorrow’s technologies, the Company initially developed its business around handsfree communication systems and infotainment solutions for the automotive industry, a market on which it has a leading position today.
After the Company floated on the stock market in 2006, the Group has gradually diversified its activities, developing and selling retail products in the connected devices sector, focusing in particular on audio and gardening products with a view to exploring a range of innovative technologies.Since 2009, the Group has also started to design and sell drones, benefiting from the research work carried out by its Innovation Lab. Building on its success on the consumer drone market, the Group is developing its drone offering for commercial markets, combining a range of advanced solutions around hardware, software and services.
We are looking to meeting you all at the EU Drone Awards!