More than 3,500 Commercial Drone Pro's from 54 countries Showcase UAV Market Growth at InterDrone 16

Attendance up 26% and exhibit space up 48% at world’s largest commercial drone show

BZ Media LLC announced that InterDrone™ The International Drone Conference & Exposition held at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas Sept 7-9 drew 3,518 attendees from 54 different countries on 6 continents. The event featured 155 exhibitors and sponsors in more than 230 booths. FAA Administrator Michael P. Huerta gave the Grand Opening Keynote speech to thousands gathered on the first day.

“The second year of InterDrone leapt over every high bar that the first show had set,” said Ted Bahr, Chairman of InterDrone. “Its success reflects the exciting growth in the commercial drone market and the strong desire of businesses to take part in it. Attendance grew 26% and we had 58% more exhibitors and sponsors than last year. More than 260 media and association partners have helped build InterDrone into the largest dedicated commercial UAV event in the world.”

“InterDrone 2016 took Vegas by storm. Enthusiasts from every state and over 50 countries gathered together to geek out over the latest products and services.  I found myself mesmerized,” said Nathan Tennant, a Blogger and Instructor with UAV Ground School. Anthony Merlino, CEO, Verge Aero added, “We heard such great feedback on the opening day, we literally bought plane tickets and flew across the country to be here for the final days!”

Exhibitors and sponsors included a cross section of the entire commercial drone industry including AeroVironment, PrecisionHawk, Yuneec, Intel, SenseFly, Insitu, Parrot, NovaTel, 3D Robotics, eHang, Autel, AUVSI, Hubsan, C-Astral, Brother, Airbus, SlantRange, Kodak, Flir, Parrot, AEGis Technologies, Sentera, and pavilions from Iowa, North Dakota and Nevada.

“InterDrone has been a great show for us. Traffic has been really good. The people who were coming by were knowledgeable and asking great questions. We feel like the show definitely paid for itself and we’ll be back in 2017,” said Adam Sloane, Founder, BirdsEyeView Aerobotics. John Ferguson, CEO of Saxon Remote Systems added, “Our staff was absolutely exhausted. There were nine of us working the booth and not one person had five minutes to sit down the entire show. The traffic was overwhelming. We were definitely making sales, getting tremendous contacts and generating a lot of interest.”

39 companies announced or showed new products at InterDrone, including Yuneec, PowerVision Robotics, Parrot, Intel, Epson, Flir, Insitu, Lidar USA, Hubsan, Leptron, and Kodak. The showstopper was displayed by Japanese robotics company Prodrone, making its first appearance in the United States, with a large hexacopter sporting two robotic arms with claws capable of carrying 44-pound loads for a flight time of up to 30 minutes.

InterDrone featured the second annual Women in Drones Luncheon networking event which was sponsored by Intel and tripled attendance to more than 180 participants. The show debuted a special session called Diversity Rising: Opportunities for Minorities in the Commercial Drone Industry, sponsored by the State of Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED), and held a STEM session called Drones, Software, and Data Analysis in STEM Education – Tomorrow’s Workforce.

The InterDrone Film Festival received more than 300 submissions from 21 countries and winners in six categories were announced at a reception. Frank Shroth, Editor, Dronelife.com said, “There is a tremendous amount going on at the InterDrone trade show!  Exhibitor and attendance numbers were both up substantially and a persistent excitement and enthusiasm level was omnipresent at the conference.”

The technical conference featured 121 classes and panels that were led by 183 speakers. Christopher Karody, Editor, DroneBusiness.center said, “[InterDrone] brought together a ‘who’s who’ from every corner of the drone industry. The very considerable expertise and brainpower was showcased in a non-stop smorgasbord of sessions, keynotes and neat events.  This was one amazing conference and I am proud to have been part of it.”
 
The InterDrone 2016 Photo Gallery URL is  http://www.interdrone.com/interdrone-2016-photo-gallery

InterDrone 2017 will be held at the Rio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas from September 18-20, 2017.

More information about the show is at www.InterDrone.com. For information on exhibiting or event sponsorships, please contact Ted Bahr at ted@bzmedia.com or +1 631-421-4158 x101.

ABOUT BZ MEDIA

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Speaking About InterDrone 2016…………….

Press & Analysts


"Great conference!"
Sally French, Columnist, Wall Street Journal and Founder, DroneGirl

"A great show for us. InterDrone has become the CES for the new drone economy."
Alan Phillips, Publisher, DroneLife

"Four words describe this event: great, great, great, great! Best show ever! Greatest team
ever."
Skip Fredericks, Founder and Producer, Drone TV and Emmy Nominated
Cinematographer

"Congratulations for providing the aviation/drone industry with such a wonderful event. It is
amazing to see how much InterDrone has progressed in a year."
Dr. Arif Erkoca, Director of Business Development, Electronics Valley (Turkey)

"A bustling drone conference in Las Vegas was held this week, the largest event in North America
dedicated to the commercial drone market."
John Persinos, Editor, TheStreet

"The drone industry's trade show took over Las Vegas this week. Thousands of people flooded
the Paris hotel."
Nikki Bowers, Producer, 8NewsNow, Las Vegas

"Hats off to BZ Media who brought together a 'who's who' from every corner of the drone industry.
The very considerable expertise and brainpower was showcased in a non-stop smorgasbord of
sessions, keynotes and neat events. This was one amazing conference and I am proud to have
been part of it."
Christopher Karody, Editor, DroneBusiness.center

"It was quite exciting to have been part of this very successful InterDrone experience. The show
had tremendous growth in the quality of attendees and exhibitors."
Douglas Spotted Eagle, Grammy Award Winning Musician & Producer

"There is a tremendous amount going on at the InterDrone trade show in Las Vegas this week
including FAA Administrator Michael Huerta delivering the grand opening keynote to thousands of
attendees this morning."
UAV.org, September 8, 2016

"InterDrone 2016 took Vegas by storm. Enthusiasts from every state and over 50 countries
gathered together to geek out over the latest products and services. I found myself mesmerized."
Nathan Tennant, Blogger and Instructor, UAV Ground School

"There is a tremendous amount going on at the InterDrone trade show! Exhibitor and attendance
numbers were both up substantially and a persistent excitement and enthusiasm level was
omnipresent at the conference."
Frank Shroth, Editor, Dronelife.com

"Really impressive event. Can't wait to be part of it going forward."
John Tidwell, Editor, DronesX

"A great show with tremendous growth!"
Alan Perlman, Publisher, UAVCoach

"The CES of drone shows - by the looks of what we saw this year, international attendance will
only continue to grow!"
Amber Sampson, Channel 7 News, Las Vegas

"Fabulous networking."
Jennifer Pidgen, Creator of Opportunities, Sundance Media Group

"FAA Chief Michael Huerta opened the show in front of a packed ballroom of nearly 2,000
people."
Las Vegas Review Journal, September 8, 2016

"It was a great event. Congratulations!"
Brandon Lackey, Cofounder, Drone Pilots Zone

"If you didn't make it to InterDrone, you missed lots of incredible new things happening in the
industry!"
Skyward, September 10, 2016

"One of the most important events for civilian drone use. A large number of people convened to
hear from top presenters."
Quadricottero (Italy), September 10, 2016

"I had the great fortune of attending InterDrone this week."
Alex Bakker, Analyst, ISG Insights

"Congratulations on a great conference and thanks for all of your support."
Joe Talley, Publisher, Kinetic Energy Media

"It's vastly exceeded our high expectations. We will feature it next year."
Alan Goya, Producer, Downtownpodcast.tv Las Vegas

"A great event for us."
Doug O'Gorden, Director of Sales, Security Magazine

Industry Associations

"I have never seen an event with more buzz and energy, and I have been to them all."
Mark Barker, Director of Business Development, NIAS-UAS

"You and your team did a great job promoting and organizing InterDrone 2016. Our panel
session was very well attended. We look forward to participating again in 2017."
Todd Schlekeway, Executive Director, National Assoc. Of Tower Erectors

"Our experience at InterDrone was very positive and we look forward to our partnership in 2017."
Reza Karamooz, President, Nevada Business Aircraft Owners Association

"We had a very successful show, a phenomenal amount of foot traffic and excellent media
coverage. Congratulations on the show and we see even bigger and better things for next year."
Thomas Wilczek, Industry Specialist – Aerospace & Defense, Nevada Governor's
Office Of Economic Development (GOED)

"Fabulous convention. Massive interest."
Chris Cernuto, President, LV Drone Club

Exhibitors & Sponsors

"The turnout was insane. The response to our products and services was way beyond what we
expected. We go to a lot of shows but this is THE show that people need to come to if you are in
the Commercial UAV market. Where do we sign up for 2017?"
Enrico Schaefer, Managing Partner, Traverse Legal

"InterDrone has been absolutely wonderful. This is some of the best money we've spent to date.
We believe we have sold 5-6 of our remote systems at about $175,000 each. The buyers are
from Argentina, Chile, Canada – the list just keeps going. The staff is absolutely exhausted.
There are nine of us working the booth and not one person has had five minutes to sit down the
entire show. The traffic has been overwhelming. We are definitely making sales, getting
tremendous contacts and generating a lot of interest."
John Ferguson, CEO, Saxon Remote Systems

"InterDrone has been a great show for us. These are the customers that we want to talk to.
There are a lot of commercial customers interested in our product – we'll be back."
Greg Emerick, EVP Business Development, Sentera

"InterDrone has been a great show for us. Traffic has been really good. The people who are
coming by are knowledgeable and asking great questions. We feel like the show has definitely
paid for itself and we'll be back in 2017."
Adam Sloane, Founder, BirdsEyeView Aerobotics

"The show has been fantastic for us – we're already signed up for 2017"
Daz Young, Founder and CEO, Bestem Aerial

"Our products are LIDAR scanners fitted for a UAV. InterDrone has been, by far, one of the best
conferences I've ever been to. Lots of traffic, lots of the right people – I've met a lot of engineers
and surveyors here, a lot of movie types whom we are also interested in. It's the right audience. I
will definitely be coming back."
Jeff Fagerman, CEO, Lidar USA

"This show's been great for us – we get to talk to a bunch of customers and potential customers,
the show is way bigger than last year – we're looking forward to coming back in 2017."
Rich Kapusta, CMO, Alta Devices

"The show has been great. Prodrone is Japan's leading commercial drone maker and this is its
first appearance outside of Japan. We've been able to meet with lots of people, make a big
splash, get really great media coverage and we've had a ton of traffic coming by the booth."
Fred Borda, Prodrone

"We had a great show. Last year we had a lot of interest from the commercial side of the market
and this year it's even more so."
Alex Moss, Communications Manager, PrecisionHawk

"The attendance has been fantastic. Traffic has been consistent. There's a lot of energy here and
even on the last day there's still traffic flowing and there's people everywhere excited to talk to us
and they are from all over the world."
Richard Arsenian, OEM Sales, Nutanix

"There's a lot of interest in agriculture right now and it's been a great show for us with lots of
interest in our products. We will be back next year."
Matthew Barre, Director of Strategic Development, SlantRange

"Well done on a great event, it really was one of the best drone events I've ever been to."
Mike Winn, Founder & CEO, DroneDeploy

Attendees

"It was my honor to participate this year! I have been raving about this conference since boarding
a flight home from Vegas! It was honestly the most exciting, creative, and intellectually stimulating
conference I have ever attended! I have communicated this to our KY Commissioner of Aviation
and he plans on attending next year. Believe me, it's already on MY schedule!"
Diane St. Onge, Representative 63rd District, State Of Kentucky

"We heard such great feedback on the opening day, we literally bought plane tickets and flew
across the country to be here for the final days. Congratulations on such a successful conference,
it was very good!"
Anthony Merlino, CEO, Verge Aero

"Fabulous show! These companies are going to need to buy bigger booths."
Jeffrey Hurst, Director International Strategic Partnerships, Boeing

"InterDrone was a huge success by all accounts. Phenomenal convention!"
Robert Brock, Director Unmanned Aircraft Systems, State Of Kansas

"Great conference!"
Robert Blair, Vice President of Agriculture, Measure

"Tremendous event. Superior networking."
Harry McNabb, Vice President Sales and Marketing, DroneLife

"It's been fantastic and a great way for us to learn this industry."
Sean Carr, Director of Sales, Mining Media International

"Totally great show, from the opening keynote on!"
Karen DiMeo, UAS R&D Technical Lead, FAA

"A very productive event for my firm in the M&A space."
John Stack, Managing Director Aerospace, The McLean Group




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