Josh Walden of Intel on Managing a Fleet of Data-Driven Drones

October 10, 2017

2:30 pm

Drones are often spoken of in mixed terms. While their practical uses are revolutionary, drones still remain one of the most pressing fears for the average consumer. From privacy concerns to swarms of autonomous flying robots, people are having trouble adopting drones completely into their everyday lives. Fortunately, Intel is on the case.

At Innovate Celebrate 2017, Josh Walden kicked off the festivities with a talk about what the New Technology Group is up to in the world of data-driven technology. By focusing on their advancements in drone technology, Walden showed the attendees of our annual conference that the future, in so many words, is going to be pretty cool.

If you didn’t have a chance to check out Josh Walden’s talk, take a look at it below and follow along with a few key points:

Josh Walden, SVP and General Manager, New Technology Group, Intel speaking at #InnovateCelebrate

Posted by TechCo on Tuesday, October 10, 2017

The Importance of Data

As Walden and many other have pointed out in recent years, data has become one of the most valuable assets in the world today. Whether it’s personal information or geographic data points, the collection of data is becoming more and more necessary to compete in the business world.

“Data is the new oil,” said Walden.

Don’t Forget Analysis

Capturing data is all well and good. However, if you don’t have a way of managing and analyzing that data, you might as well just leave it alone, because it won’t do you any good.

“Analysis of the data is really what’s needed,” said Walden.

Drones and Data

Data comes in all shapes and sizes. But when it comes to collecting a lot in a short period time in an inexpensive way, nothing beats the efficiency, or the coolness, of drones.

“Smart drone solutions are needed to not only capture the data, but also to analyze the data and thusly automate the whole process.”

A Good Cause

We all saw what drones can do for the entertainment industry with an epic display during the Super Bowl Halftime show. However, as Walden put it, the uses are endless. And when innovators put their minds to it, they can do a lot of good for people and places that are in need of a little help.

“We’ve sent drones into Houston, into Florida, we’re working to see if we can send them into Puerto Rico to help with not only with search and rescue but also with infrastructure inspection.”

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Conor is a writer, comedian and world-renowned sweetheart. As the Assistant Editor and Writer at Tech.Co, he’s written about everything from Kickstarter campaigns and budding startups to tech titans and innovative technologies. His background in stand-up comedy made him the perfect person to host Startup Night at SXSW and the Funding Q&A at Innovate! and Celebrate, posing questions to notable tech minds from around the world. In his spare time, he thinks about how to properly pronounce the word "colloquially." Conor is the Assistant Editor and Writer at Tech.Co. You can email him at

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