Media Cube company Drone Consultants Ireland win European Satellite Navigation Competition

The Media Cube, IADT is delighted to announce that New Frontiers participant Ian Kiely and his team of Drones Consultants Ireland, a Media Cube company, has been announced as the winner of the 2018 European Satellite Navigation Competition aka the ‘Space Oscars’.

The European Finals took place in Marseille as part of European Space Week. Drone Consultants Ireland’s ‘Jack in the Box’ entry is a self-sustaining, aircraft deployable drone system that can be parachuted to remote and inaccessible locations, supplying flight bursts of 10 continuous hours for up to 500 expedition hours as opposed to 25 minutes flight time for a standard drone and has immediate applications in search & rescue, environmental and disaster scenarios. 

Congratulating Ian Kiely on winning the European Finals, Dr. Annie Doona, President of the Institute of Art, Design & Technology, Dún Laoghaire praised the winning submission saying:

“We were delighted when Ian Kiely, a New Frontiers DIT/IADT graduate company from the Media Cube won the recent Ireland Regional Competition of the 2018 ESNC Awards. To win the overall European Award is a remarkable achievement. I would like to congratulate Ian Kiely and his team and thank him for his engagement with the staff and students at IADT.”

Jessica Fuller, Head of the Directorate of Creativity, Innovation & Research at IADT commented:

‘It is uplifting when a New Frontiers graduate flourishes on the programme and Ian’s success is well deserved. A considerable amount of effort and research made the ‘Jack in the Box’ vision a reality. We look forward to working with Ian and Drones Consultants Ireland on future projects’.

Media Cube, IADT
Media Cube, IADT

The Media Cube works in partnership with Enterprise Ireland and the Local Enterprise Office in the Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Council and beyond. It provides state-of-the-art facilities including office space, meeting rooms, boardroom and canteen facilities, serviced reception areas and of course the best sea views from its roof top terrace!

Ann Marie Phelan, Enterprise + Innovation Manager at the Media Cube, along with New Frontiers partners at DIT Hothouse, works closely with client ventures to help them formulate and refine their proposition and navigate the investment options available to support the growth of their start-up. The Media Cube offers multiple opportunities to expand networks: networking events see a range of successful founders, investors and professional advisers sharing their experience and expertise with our client companies.

The “real value” according to Ms Fuller “Comes from the mentoring and financial supports available through the Media Cube. We are always looking to support entrepreneurs & innovators with a thirst for international success. Wonderful to see innovators like Drone Consultants Ireland being acknowledged and awarded for the risks they take”