Iris Automation wins AUVSI’s Startup of the Year

Apr 30, 2018

[UPDATED: May 3rd, 2018]

This month Iris was named Startup of the Year after competing as one of 5 finalists in the Startup Showdown at AUVSI’s XPONENTIAL conference in Denver, Colorado. Each startup had 6 minutes to pitch their business to a panel of judges. Iris was up against strong competition, pitching our collision avoidance system against Jetoptera, Unifly, Alyson, and Copperstone Tech. After hearing CEO Alex’s pitch, the judges awarded Iris with the $35,000 prize because our innovative system has such huge potential to make a marked difference to the whole drone industry.

The competition:

Asylon: building infrastructure for autonomous drone missions.

Copperstone Tech: creating Autonomous Amphibious Robots

Jetoptera: developing powerful UAVs and realistic flying cars

Unifly: using Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM) solutions to connect authorities with pilots

Iris was awarded a $35,000 prize, which includes a booth at XPONENTIAL next year.

Watch CEO Alex Harmsen on the Advancements in Machine Vision panel

April 30th, 2018

This week the Iris team are off to AUVSI’s XPONENTIAL in Denver, Colorado. If you’re there, make sure to swing by Booth #3643 and introduce yourself!

XPONENTIAL is one of the largest annual drone and unmanned systems events, bringing together tech experts, companies, users, policy makers, and anyone else interested in the future of these technologies in shaping the future. It’s hosted by AUVSI, the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International.

This is what Iris is up to this week at XPONENTIAL:

Exhibiting in the Xpo Hall (Booth #3643) 

Competing as a Finalist in the Startup Showdown 

The Startup Showdown is seeking early-stage, disruptive companies who are creating, innovating or enhancing unmanned systems technologies and applications.

During the Startup Showdown, Iris and four other finalists will have six minutes each to pitch their business to the panel, and will then have a six-minute live question and answer session with the judges. All XPONENTIAL attendees invited to join! Wednesday, May 2nd 3:45 PM – 5:15 PM in the XPO Hall

CEO Alex Harmsen speaking as a panelist on Advancements in Machine Learning                                                                                                                              

As a leader in the application of computer vision technology in the drone space, Alex will be discussing Iris Automation’s groundbreaking work. He will be joined by camera manufacturers FLIR, Lumenera and Ximea, in a session moderated by Alan Bergstein, an expert in aerospace electronics and vision systems design. Wednesday, May 2nd 1-2pm in Room 301/302

Iris Automation is on the lookout for incredible people to help us shape the future. Check out our Careers page to find out more.