Edited and prepared by Oscar Michel, Masters in Journalism, DCU

Interesting interview with Ian Kiely from Drone Expo Ireland. Ian announces the upcoming event “ Crash Tech

When is it on?

Crash Tech is taking place October 28th 2017 in Citywest Hotel.

What is your event all about?

We are opening the doors to everything that is fun and interactive about technology. There are so many new toys on the market it is hard to know what to buy, where to buy and often you don’t get to try stuff out before you pay. We want to change all of that! We are creating a veritable Zoo of technology.

There will be indoor tracks for electric skateboards, scooters and all the other wheeled inventions on the market. The latest in gaming, VR and robotics. We are building an indoor FPV drone racing track, thanks to Jaak Pieterse we will have Irish racers on hand to show us how it is done.

Throughout each event there will be a live entertainment zone hosting demonstrations of new and interesting gadgets, interviews with leading experts and piles of tech toys.

How many years has it been going?

This is the first year Crash Tech is taking place.

We work with a variety of hardware manufacturers day to day and organise Drone & Tech Expo in the RDS, we have great support from suppliers so things are shaping up nicely.

What exciting things can people look forward to?

Other than a full hands on experience we are delighted that Casey Neistat has agreed to be a guest speaker, he brings a whole new dimension to the show, 2016 winner of the Shorty Award and recently sold BEME app for a colossal amount of money.

If you are lucky enough you might get to meet the man himself, we are giving away meet & greet tickets over the coming weeks that include super goodie bags.

We have had an influx of requests from up and coming YouTubers who would like to Vlog at the event so we are creating a Vlogging / Speaking platform for contributors to work with a live audience.

What was the inspiration to start it?

Our office is based in IADT college of design, we were giving drone lessons to the students and we had an electric skateboard with us.

All the students were talking about this Casey Neistat guy on YouTube ”who flies drones and has an electric skateboard”. It seemed the interest was already there so we started planning and made contact with Caseys team. In fairness, I had to look him up……

What opportunities are on offer for people / startups / investors and companies attending?

This is very simple, attendees will get great value for money, attend a super show and try out the latest everything.

Start-up space will be available to those that might not otherwise get noticed, put them right in front of their customers and give them a platform to impress. (Start-up companies should contact [email protected]) We are very open to suggestion and we will help where we can.

Investors will have an opportunity to see first-hand where the market is moving in relation to connectivity and development while exhibitors will have an excellent opportunity to showcase a target audience on the run up to..…dare I say it. Christmas.

What tips would you give to people attending to get the most out of it?

Arrive on time, come with an open mind and don’t be afraid to have a go!

How can people book tickets?

Eventbrite or CrashTech.ie   Tickets cost €27.50.

If you want to get involved Contact [email protected] call +353 (0) 1 9081155

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