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.
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.
Peter Van Blijenburgh
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.
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.
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.
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.
With more than 12 years of experience in the tech and telecom industries, Sebastian Barbiarz is passionate about the potential of new technology and automation to improve our lives. Before AirMap, Sebastian led innovation within the mobile telecom industry with a focus on Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) and UTM. Previously, Sebastian held various positions in R&D for Nokia, Ericsson and Alcatel-Lucent mobile networks business. Since July 2016, Sebastian has served as one of the first board members of the Global UTM Association.
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.
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.
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.
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.