After the selection of the finalists, the nominees will be coached to pitch their idea, prototype or concept.
The Jury consists of innovation experts, academics and representatives of federations.
They all have an excellent understanding of the drone economy in Europe.
Peter Van Blijenburgh
Blyenburgh & Co – CEO & UVS International – President
Mr. Van Blijenburgh has been implicated with RPAS/drones since 1987 & has supplied advisory services to corporate & governmental entities in Europe, the Middle East, and Far East & USA. UVS International is a non-profit association registered in The Netherlands and operating out of offices in Paris, France, which represents more than 4100 companies (manufacturers & operators) & organizations involved with RPAS/drones in 35 countries.
Droneport – Business Development Manager
For the last 15 years Peter Dedrij has proven himself to be an expert in strategic marketing and business development at companies like Microsoft.
Recently he has taken on the responsibility for the development of DronePort at Sint-Truiden: a UAV test-site combined with facilities for start-ups and established companies which are active in this sector.
UAVA – Vice President
Jakub Karas is co-founder and co-owner of Upvision. He has more than 15 years of experiences in photogrammetry and remote sensing. Also many experiences in GIS, new technologies (laser scanning, mobile mapping) and drones. He is the winner in the category Best Commercial Video from Drones in the contest “Age of Drones 2016”.
Jakub Karas is Vice President of the Czech Unmanned Aerial Alliance, the Czech representative on the International RPAS Coordination Council and a non-executive member of the UVS International Board of Directors.
Federation Professionnelle du Drone Civil – President
Stéphane Morelli founded in 2012 Azur Drones, a RPAS civil operator specialized in Energy, Building, Industry and Security sectors. Azur Drones has already performed several missions for major companies of these sectors.
In 2013, Stéphane Morelli co-created the Fédération Professionnelle du Drone Civil, the French national RPAS users association of which he is President. He is the French representative on the International RPAS Coordination Council and a non-executive member of the UVS International Board of Directors.
Stephane Morelli Vita
BeUAS – SECRETARY
Laurent Geeraerts is an independant RPAS-instructor and licensed examinator. He works as a trainer and is responsible for support and contact with Couderé-clients (Gatewing X100/Trimble UX5). He’s also active as an instructor for Noordzeedrones.
Laurent is also one of the driving forces behind the Belgian drone federation BeUAS as secretary of that organization and member of the Board of Directors.
BHO Legal – Attorney-at-law and Founding Partner
Oliver Heinrich is co-founder and partner with BHO Legal, a boutique law firm based in Cologne, Germany, with focus on aerospace and high-technology projects.
Oliver is heading BHO’s participation in “Drone.Rules.eu”, an EU (COSME) funded project for awareness raising on the complex legal framework for operating drones in EU Member States, including questions on data protection and privacy.
Oliver is a member of the Board of Directors of UVS International and member of the extended Board of UAV DACH, Germany’s largest association for civil drones.
NOKIA – Head of Drone Business, Advanced Mobile Network Solutions
With more than 12 years of experience in the telecom industry Sebastian is passionate about new technology and automation, and how they can improve our lives. Previously, Sebastian held various positions in R&D for Nokia’s mobile networks business. In July 2016 Sebastian was elected board member of the newly founded Global UTM Association, an association focused on interoperability blueprints for Unmanned Aircraft Systems Traffic Management.
UAV-DACH – President
Norbert Lohl is Adjunct Professor for International Aviation at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He lectures for Aviation Safety and Airworthiness at the Technical University Braunschweig, Germany. He is co-author of “Cologne Compendium on Air Law in Europe”, ISBN 978-3-452-27523.
Since 2016 he is the President of UAV-DACH, the German national RPAS association. He is the German representative on the International RPAS Coordination Council and a non-executive member of the UVS International Board of Directors.
ASSORPAS – Councillor
Martin Montagna, an RPAS aerial systems and services expert, he founded in 2008 ViReal, a company specialized in unmanned aerial surveys, with specific authorization from the Italian NAA.
He is co-founder and Board member since 2012 of ASSORPAS, the Italian national association for light RPAS (MTOM <150 kg) which has as objective to represent the Italian light RPAS community and to promote the safe and responsible use of light RPAS in Italy. The association maintains close relations with the Italian civil aviation authority (ENAC), is a member of UVS International and has a seat on the RPAS Coordination Council (IRCC).
SAPRITALIA A.P.S. – President
Olivier Fontaine is the president, accountable and safety manager of the Italian non-profit association Sapritalia A.P.S. which has as scope to promote the creation of new jobs and safety in the field of RPAS.
He is certified by Créteil University, France in the domain of aeronautical education, and is a teacher in an Aeronautical Vocational high school. Olivier undertakes specific research on the relation between education and safety and collaborates with universities in Abu Dhabi, U.A.E. and Twente, The Netherlands with which he publishes papers on safety, just culture and education. Olivier is one of the three Italian representatives on the International RPAS Coordination Council and a non-corporate member of the UVS International Board of Directors.
LARPAS – Communication Manager
Ilmars Ozols has more than 5 years of experience in working with unmanned aircraft systems as constructor, remote pilot and instructor.
He represents Latvian Association of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (LARPAS, www.larpas.lv) to promote safe and responsible use of RPAS and overall development of this sector. He is the Latvian representative on the International RPAS Coordination Council and a non-executive member of the UVS International Board of Directors.
DARPAS – President
Rob van Nieuwland worked at TNO Defence and Security for 23 years as a researcher, project manager, programme manager, business developer, and account manager in the fields of military aerospace and national security.
In 2012, he instigated the founding of the Dutch Association for RPAS operators and constructors, DARPAS. He is the president of DARPAS and acts as the DARPAS spokesman for the media. Rob is the Netherlands’ representative on the International RPAS Coordination Council and a non-executive member of the UVS International Board of Directors in 2011.
Robert Van Nieuwland
Goncalo Antunes Matias
PORTUGUESE ASSOCIATION FOR UNMANNED AIRCRAFT – President
Gonçalo Antunes Matias is an airline pilot and flight instructor since 2008. In March 2016 he presented his thesis discussing the fundamental criteria underlying Basic Regulation Applicable to the Operation of Unmanned Aircraft in Portuguese airspace, and actually presented a regulation proposal.
In May 2016, he founded the Portuguese Association for Unmanned Aircraft and has been elected its President for the next 4 years. Gonçalo Matias is the Portuguese representative on the International RPAS Coordination Council and a non-executive member of the UVS International Board of Directors.
BLACKLIGHT UAS – Senior Project Manager
As Senior Project Manager for BlackLight UAS, Isabelle has experience in the operational and business aspect of the RPAS. Her years of experience with RPAS have given her the chance to lecture and develop courseware for universities looking to set a new standard in the education certified drone pilots. Isabelle has worked on projects using UAS for inspection purposes, search & rescue, mapping, defense and security, humanitarian relief, and surveillance, in addition to enjoying aerial photography in her free time.. Isabelle is an active member of the Amelia Dronehart Community where she aims to inspire more women to join the industry and play a larger role in the commercial use of RPAS.
PIX4D – Business Development Manager
Julian worked on a wide variety of projects, from the North Sea via Africa to Antarctica. During this time he also worked for a start-up that developed photogrammetry solutions, before joining Cyra at the very start of the laser scanning revolution. After the company merged with Leica Geosystems, Julian held positions with responsibility worldwide in sales, product management and business development, advancing laser scanning both commercially and technically.
Now with Pix4D in Switzerland, Julian is back in the start-up environment again, pioneering the application of UAV solutions in his role as Business Development Manager.
ARPAS UK – Chairman
Perran established two successful companies operating drones before establishing himself as a consultant where he continues to develop new areas of business.
Perran is Chairman of ARPAS UK , a non-profit trade association for the UK RPAS industry. Working closely with the industry regulator CAA and Government to influence and ensure that the regulatory framework for the safe and professional operation of remotely piloted aircraft is fit for purpose and encourages best practice. Perran is a member of the International RPAS Coordination Council and a non-corporate member of the UVS International Board of Directors.
Perran James Bonner
COSTAIN GROUP PLC – Aerial Solutions UAV Manager
A civil and structural engineer by trade Peter Slater formed the RPAS service provision branch of Costain known as Aerial Solutions in 2015. Aerial Solutions has gone on to win the industry’s largest innovation award at Construction News 2016 for “significant contribution to Surveying”. Aerial Solutions meets the needs of its customers through a strategic combination of 3rd party service providers and in house capability in line with Costain’s Engineering Tomorrow strategy.
Sky Futures – CEO and Co-founder
CEO and co-founder of Sky-Futures. James is an Army veteran who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, a former corporate strategist with Deloitte and a passionate surfer. Passionate about data, he has pioneered the creation and use of proprietary cloud based inspection software, the use of AI for automated inspection techniques, and built a service offering across 24+ countries globally. He has secured work with the leading Oil and Gas companies globally including Chevron, Shell, ConocoPhillips and Petronas and Engineering firms such as Amey, Arup and James Fisher.
Pilgrim Technologies – Founder & President
Founder & president of Pilgrim Technology, a company that performs technical inspections in industrial areas (marine, offshore, oil & gas) in Europe and on the African continent. Since 2012, Pilgrim Technology develops and produces professional drones and global drone solutions under the name of Eagle View.
Anne-Marie is a member of 3 working groups in the French Civil Drone Council and a JARUS working group. She is a member of the Board of Fédération Professionnelle du Drone Civil (the French national drone association), and a member of the Board of Directors of UVS International.