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Why the EU Drone Awards

Every day we hear about drones either about its economic opportunities, technological or societal challenges. The drone-based economy is about to explode bringing economic growth, jobs creation and technological and business innovation. PwC has valued the total market of the drone-powered solutions to more than 114 billion euro disrupting traditional industries going from agriculture to mining or infrastructure.

The awards will constitute the cornerstone of the 5th edition of the Young Innovators Unconvention. These awards are here to celebrate the companies, innovators and entrepreneurs who are creating value in Europe and who are creating the basis for the future success of the drone economy in Europe that will bring jobs, break-ground innovation and new business models.

Who, when and where

The 1st EU Drone Awards of the 5th European Young Innovators Unconvention will be held at the European Parliament on Tuesday 24 January 2017 starting from 18:30 with the VIP dinner. Dominique Riquet, MEP for France and Vice-President of the Transports Committee of the European Parliament will be the host of the ceremony. Other key policy-makers, such as MEPs involved in EU drone regulations, the Director-General of  the European Aviation Safety Agency and the European Commissioner for Transport will be invited to take an active role in the awards.

EYIF aims to work with the key players in the drone industry such as the large companies, trade associations and other stakeholders involved in the drone economy. All these players will be invited to contribute to the EU Drone awards as strategic, network, technical or content supporters.

 EYIF to launch the 1st EU Drone Awards at the European Parliament

European Young Innovators Forum proudly announces the launch of the 1st EU Drone Awards, that will be hosted by Dominique Riquet, MEP and Vice-Chair of the Committee on Transport and Tourism at the European Parliament, on 24th January. European Young Innovators Forum (EYIF), echoing its long-standing leadership in celebrating youth innovation and entrepreneurship, and with its ambition to bring together young Europeans with innovative ideas from major European cities, will organize, with the support of the key players in the drone industry, the first ever EU Drone Awards. Read the full article here.

EU Drone Awards Finalists

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Categories

This category will award the most innovative drone manufacturer based out of Europe.

  • market potential
  • market presence
  • impact
  • European dimension
  • user-friendliness
  • design
  • technological innovation

This category will award the most impactful commercial drone-based application in Europe.

  • market potential
  • efficiency gains
  • European dimension
  • market presence
  • impact
  • technological innovation

This category will award the most attractive emerging company out of Europe.

  • market potential
  • impact of the solution
  • team
  • European dimension
  • technological innovation

Criteria

Call for applications online through network partners, social media and key industry players

1st qualification by EYIF based on the criteria established

2nd qualification by Jury members based on proposals by EYIF

Conference call to align on decisions and awards

TIMELINE

  • 23 November - 22 December Call for Applications
  • 15 December - 12 January Selection Process
  • 24 January Award Ceremony