More than 20 European drone innovators signed up, six were chosen finalists, only three were victorious. It was after an intense deliberation that the international jury picked three winners for the prestigious Drone Hero Europe awards.
“Any company or organization with an innovative idea with drone tech or a sound drone business case, can participate in this unique contest”, said a clearly happy jury chairman Mark Vanlook. “It wasn’t easy, because all the finalists were very good.”
In the end these were the winners: GEORESEARCH from Austria (start-up), GMP Defense from Poland (international) and Alphalink from Germany (innovative). You can see their video and the short summary of their concepts here: https://www.dronecommunity.biz/drone-hero-europe/winners-2018/.
The jury commented on the winners:
Start-up Drone Hero Europe 2018
“GEORESEARCH is a very innovative start-up. Their impressive swarm has a lot of applications. The have a good vision about how to make their start-up grow. It’s a compact product and it has very impressive data gathering speeds.”
International Drone Hero Europe 2018
“GMP Defense‘s vision and specifics stand out. It’s not a new concept, but they execute it very well. They offer a complete solution with a lot of applications. They are addressing an international issue and they have great prospects for the future.”
Innovative Drone Hero Europe 2018
“Although it is still in a concept phase, the solution of Alphalink is very innovative. Their pitch was the best overall. They have found a very specific innovation, that could be a real game changer when implemented successfully. This is innovation at its best, no doubt.”
Public Drone Hero Europe 2018
Of course there was also the public contest! This year Dronesbench from Italy was victorious. A clearly moved Mauro Pompetti was very honored to receive this award and present their drone project to Europe.
Lisa Murray (organizer UAV Expo Europe): “We are tremendously happy that we were able to host the Drone Hero Europe for the second time. This contest brings an added value to the Commercial UAV Expo and we are always curious to see which innovations are standing out in Europe. Very exciting stuff!”