3D printing and drones and other new tech: at Startup Olé 2017 Hardware tech and companies from across the world came together at the EU-backed conference in Salamanca, western Spain, last week. Roughly 150 startups had stands and 50 participating in different pitches during the well-attended two-day event in the historic university town. Similar events in the UK would be dominated by app developers but in Spain it was a mixed bag of homegrown and far-flung talent, including representatives of 10 Armenian startups.
The Spanish crop featured diverse companies across a range of technologies including food, travel, energy and consumer hardware, as well as information technology. Among the firms were Cleandrone, which is using UAVs to wash windows of high-rise building or panels on solar farms. The next annual Startup Olé showcase also featured Drone Hopper, a startup that wants to use drones for firefighting and pesticide spraying. Several firms were based on harnessing 3D printing technology, among them a company making casts for both people and pets with broken bones.