After months of anticipation, finally the European Drone Heroes for 2017 were chosen. And they are very worthy of the title!

During the international Commercial UAV Expo Europe, held in Brussels, a professional jury has selected 5 outstanding drone projects across Europe to be the 2017 Drone Heroes. The Belgian Minister of Defence Steven Vandeput handed out the awards to the winners.

From left to right on the photo: team Voliro, Lisa Murray, Steven Vandeput, Richard Ruiterkamp, Massoud Hassani, Pawel Korzec, Olivier Fontaine, Jelena Petkovic, Guy Verhoeven and Mark Vanlook)

 

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(on the photos below from left to right: the winners, minister Steven Vandeput, EUKA-chairman Mark Vanlook and UAV Expo organizer Lisa Murray)

photography by www.marcvanraes.be

HIGH POTENTIAL DRONE HERO

Pawel Korzec – Droneradar – Poland
“THE JURY DECIDED TO ENCOURAGE DRONERADAR FOR THEIR EFFORTS TO REALIZE THIS PROJECT SO FAR WITH LIMITED RESOURCES.”

CREATIVE DRONE HERO

Massoud Hassani – Mine Kafon – The Netherlands
“THIS IS A VERY CREATIVE PROJECT WITH AN IMMENSE SOCIAL IMPACT. IT CAN BE IMPLEMENTED AND BE EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY AND IT SHOULD BE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.”

INNOVATIVE DRONE HERO

Cliff Li – Voliro – Switzerland
“THE JURY WAS VERY POSITIVELY IMPRESSED WITH THIS INNOVATION. THEY SEE A LOT OF APPLICATIONS AND POSSIBILITIES BEHIND IT.”

START-UP DRONE HERO

Jelena Petkovic – Vectrino – Croatia
“VECTRINO ANSWERS TO A REAL NEED WITH THIS PROJECT AND HAS THE POTENTIAL OF HAVING A WORLDWIDE SOCIAL IMPACT!”

INTERNATIONAL DRONE HERO

Richard Ruiterkamp – Ampyx Power – The Netherlands
“THE JURY WAS IMPRESSED BY THIS MATURE BUSINESS CASE, WHICH IS ALSO VALIDATED BY REAL CUSTOMERS. THIS HAS TO BE PUSHED TO AN INTERNATIONAL LEVEL AS SOON AS POSSIBLE!”

PUBLIC DRONE HERO

Guy Verhoeven – Skycan – Belgium

“VOTED MOST POPULAR BY THE PUBLIC VIA AN ONLINE VOTING POLL”