InterDrone, the International Drone Conference & Exposition, kicked off its inaugural show on Sept. 9-11 at the Rio in Las Vegas, where it drew 2,797 attendees from all 50 states and 48 different countries.
The event, hosted by BZ Media LLC, featured nearly 100 exhibiting companies. Fourteen companies announced new products, including DJI for its new Zenmuse X5 and X5R drone cameras. The event’s film festival received more than 300 submissions from 19 countries, and winners in five categories were announced at a reception.
Chris Anderson, CEO of 3D Robotics and founder of DIY Drones, delivered the opening keynote address. The InterDrone technical program was spread across three conferences: Drone TechCon, for builders, engineers and software developers; Drone Flyer, for UAV pilots and operators; and Drone Business, for drone dealers and service businesses.
There were 138 drone industry experts who taught sessions or spoke on panels, and just over 1,000 of the nearly 2,800 attendees took the full three days of technical classes and sessions.
“InterDrone had a nice balance with everyone – from Fortune 500 enterprise-level customers down to individual drone operators,” comments Thomas Haun, vice president of strategy and globalization at PrecisionHawk. “There were a lot of professionals regardless, whether it was agriculture, insurance or oil and gas; it was a really good mix. The variety of conference content created a buzz at the show, and we will definitely be back next year.”
InterDrone 2016 will be held at the Paris Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas on Sept. 7-9.
“Our original goal with InterDrone was to be the largest commercial drone conference and expo in North America this year, but clearly, the entire world wanted to be part of this event,” says Ted Bahr, chairman of InterDrone. “More than 150 media and association partners on five continents have helped build InterDrone into the premier ‘Big Tent’ commercial drone event in the world.”