Mayo positioning itself at the cutting edge of an industry of the future

Posted in Connect on January 15, 2015.


Mayo is positioning itself to be a major centre of a developing industry that looks set to be one of the great growth sectors of the future.

The increasing use of drones and the application of the data they capture have been at the forefront of the minds of some of the world’s leading tech innovators.

In November 2014, many of these thinkers were first brought to Mayo for a unique technology event – one of the world’s first conferences dedicated to drones and data. The event was built on the back of the global Web Summit in Dublin.

The event explored how Ireland, and in particular the west coast, can harness future opportunities associated with the design, testing, manufacture and construction of drone technology.

Speakers from Facebook, NASA, Verifly, and Hoverbike were in attendance.

The event was such a success that it was held again in November this year in Westport. (link to https://www.mayo.ie/news/drones-conference-back-in-mayo/)

The event was attended by over 300 delegates from 22 different countries and was one of the events of 2015. The event was organised by Mayo County Council working with San Francisco-based Irish man Philip McNamara (CEO of VoxPro).

To put the rapidly expanding growth of drones into perspective, DJI, one of the leaders in drone manufacturing, expanded from 90 employees and $4.2 million in revenue in 2011, to 1,240 employees and more than $130 million in revenue last year. It now has 2,800 employees, three factories, and this year expects to post sales three to five times greater than 2013.

Mayo is seeking to benefit from this growth potential by creating the right environment for businesses to invest in the county and create employment.

Delegates at the conference were referring to Mayo as the ‘Drone Capital of Europe’. The team at Mayo County Council says, ‘why not?’ So in 2015 Mayo County Council appointed researchers to explore opportunities in the emerging Drone Sector. The team have made plans for 2016 to position Mayo at the centre of this industry.

For further information, contact the Enterprise & Investment Unity at Mayo County Council invest@mayo.ie

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