World of Drones Congress attendeesMore than 1,200 drone experts and enthusiasts converged on Queensland last month for the international World of Drones Congress, including an influential industry delegation from Japan who attended at TIQ’s invitation.

The congress was held for the first time in 2017, and brings drone experts, manufacturers and enthusiasts to Brisbane to explore drone technology, business applications, and regulation.

The congress is also a major opportunity to promote Queensland’s world-class drone industry to international buyers and manufacturers.

TIQ Japan Business Development Manager Melissa Inooka accompanied the 14-person Japanese delegation to this year’s congress and then on to the Outback Aerodrone symposium in Barcaldine.

She said the visit was a great opportunity to demonstrate Queensland’s drone capabilities to a group of influential delegates.

‘The delegates who travelled to Queensland are key players in Japan’s drone industry,’ she said.

‘They came from drone manufacturers, software developers and satellite companies, and from the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organisation (NEDO), a Japanese Government organisation that’s leading a strategic drone project.

‘They were very interested to see Queensland’s drone expertise at the congress, and to have the opportunity to network with industry and research leaders.

‘They could also see western Queensland’s potential for drone testing, with those big open skies and the collaborative attitude of locals leaving very positive impressions.’

World of Drones Congress attendee using VRMelissa said the Japanese delegates had started discussions with a number of Queensland drone companies in meetings arranged by TIQ.

The Queensland Government is aiming to make the state a world leader in the drone industry, with recent developments including a new national drone research centre in Brisbane and grant funding for Townsville company Fly Freely to further develop its flight planning system for drone operators.

The second annual World of Drones Congress was held from 9 to 11 August at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, and featured an extensive conference program, more than 30 drone exhibitors, and Australia’s first National Drone Safety Forum.

The inaugural Outback Aerodrone Symposium ran in Barcaldine from 11 to 12 August, and was hosted by the Remote Area Planning and Development Board.

The aerospace sector is identified as an emerging export priority in the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022.