moving into the future
The one thing about the future that is non-negotiable is that it needs to be fully sustainable. We simply cannot afford to put more pressure on our ecosystems. This means that we fundamentally have to change a number of things we currently are doing on the planet.
One of these things is moving things and people around. While it can be argued that telepresence, local production via 3D printing and vertical farming will reduce the needs for logistics, we still want to meet friends in person, go to the hospital as quickly as possible, receive vital products and medicine, just to name a few.
Currently we need to build large infrastructure for almost any kind of transport mode. The more individual the mode of transport, the higher the overall infrastructure cost: it costs significantly more to build streets to every house on the planet, than building a few space ports. Not only does it cost more, it is also highly unhealthy for our ecosystems. The construction industry is an enormous contributor towards the climate crisis.
What if we could change all of that? What if we could provide individual transport using renewable energy and without the need for large infrastructure? This is not a dream or a distant future. Today we can already fly in electric helicopters. The future is here.
But as most of the time in history, the future is not evenly distributed. Our goal is to contribute towards providing every human on the planet with access to individual aerial transport operated with renewable energy and without the need for large infrastructure.
We intend to use sport as a driver for the conversation between engineers, policy makers, investors and the general public.
Based on a series of races between any and all of the roughly 850 teams on the planet who are building, exploring and pioneering this entirely new mode of transport we will create public awareness through the fun, passion and excitement instilled through almost any kind of sport.
The races will take place in different locations on the planet - the first ones already have given green light - between different classes of vehicles with different challenges. The location of the first race is set and will be made pubic once the process of defining rules and regulations for the race has ended.
Clearly this is at the beginning. We do not pretend to know how to best compare form-factors in a race. We do not pretend to know what a exciting race might look like.
But we know the time has come for this to happen and we are ready to create it. We are not in this alone - together with teams from all over the globe we are working on establishing the rules and regulations to ensure safety and fun!
As the cost and complexity for production and experimentation of new aircraft drop, many people on the planet seize the opportunity to build the future in their garage, with significant funding or anything in between.
More than twenty of these pioneers are taking part in the conversation we facilitate in order to define the rules and regulations for air races for this new generation of aircraft.
These will include safety for the pilot as well as for the audience. They will include technological constraints and define classes around various form-factors. And they will describe the measures of competition, like speed, duration, agility and more.
Born in Switzerland and raised in Spain, Guatemala and USA, Mike has 20+ years of international commercial, business development and marketing experience acquired at top global sporting events, blue-chip corporations and technology startups in Europe and America.
During the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, Mike Marqués was its Head of Business Development responsible for commercial partnerships on both the teams and on the race side. Once the race started, he took over the Commercial Director role for the Miami Stopover in charge of securing local and national sponsors to ensure the operational viability of the two week long event held in South Florida in May 2012.
Since then, recognizing the untapped marketing potential sophisticated sports could bring to corporations, Mike has been involved with numerous sporting campaigns and events usually as responsible for the commercial and marketing areas.
Mike Marqués is a lecturer for Sports Marketing and Sponsoring at the Munich Business School, holds an MBA from INSEAD (France), and a Master of Science in Telecommunication Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Valencia (Spain). In his spare time, he is an avid regatta sailor and freeride skier.
Frank's passion is to solve significant challenges of our planet. He has been working at the intersections of digitization, sustainability, and communications for more than 20 years. In 2015, he founded DroneMasters to accelerate the development of vertical mobility and drones. His focus is company building and kicking off new aerial business models. He co-founded the DroneMasters Academy, which provides access to science, tech, engineering, and math (STEM) using drones and drone sports.
Frank has organized numerous events, which have reached up to 100,000 participants. With meetups and conferences, he has created the most significant cross-industry network of experts and enthusiasts, who are actively shaping the development and the use of drones.
Frank hosted the first conferences on drones in logistics, transportation, and mobility in Europe. He organized the first major indoor drone race in Germany and invented the dronathon, a marathon for industrial drones, which was acknowledged by the World Airsports Association FAI in 2018.
Frank is a member of the steering committee of the UAV Advisory Board of the German Federal Ministry of Transport. He lives in Berlin, is married, father of three children, and enjoys running marathons.
Thomas was born in the US and grew up in Europe in an environment dominated by natural sciences. But instead of pursuing a scientific career he directed his focus onto the internet leading to a series of successful and unsuccessful projects and ventures ranging from collaboration platforms to mobile couponing systems, least cost routing services and ecommerce platforms. This led to a passion of exploring the social and technological edges of the technium. During this journey he has gathered extensive experience as founder, CEO and CTO of businesses between one and fifty million EUR revenue and employs this for building new impact oriented businesses. The best place to follow his activities is https://www.thomas.cr
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