The third annual International Drone Expo (IDE 2016) at the Los Angeles Convention Center saw not just a drone conference, but a drone race too.
53 of the world’s top drone racers competed. The pilots battled each other on an extremely tight and technical course, with multiple gates and a huge structure fly around.
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Ken “FlyingBear” Loo from San Francisco ultimately won the race. 2nd place went to 11-year-old Ashton “Drobot Racer” Gamble, and third place went to Jarod Rhodehunter Rhodes.
It’s not often you get to go to a conference and get a drone race on top of it, but it is a great reminder why we’re all here – for the fun of drones!
I also checked out the show floor, which had some pretty crazy new things, including a human carrying drone. It basically looks like a motorcycle mounted on a massive drone.
I also led the women in drones panel with some fabulous trailblazers in the industry.
See you next year Los Angeles. Happy flying!