Justin Cardoza has spent nearly 16 years in the media industry traveling around the world working with the latest cameras, drones and media technologies. Through this experience working for major media networks such as ABC, NBC, Discovery, FOX and CBS, he discovered that keeping cameras, drones, sound equipment and other portable tools charged and ready to go was a major issue. Cardoza worked for two years on a solution and designed the world’s first smart case for drones. Last year, he left his steady salary to start ModBox, which creates solutions for drones, media, construction, military, emergency services and security industries. Cardoza says drones are a $130 billion market with close to 3 million drones in use today. ModBox’s first product has more than 500,000 applicable users in the United States alone. “My goal is to make current and emerging technology easier for everyone,” Cardoza says. “Our cases have over a dozen features based on feedback from pilots around the globe.” Cardoza’s experience in different industries has given him a unique advantage in designing solutions for drone pilots and media creators. “I am the end user, and that has given me a strong head start in designing a product that I know professionals can use to get their work done faster,” he says. Cardoza is also passionate about encouraging and helping young content creators to build a career and improve their skills. He runs a group called CineSchool, an open community where aspiring photographers, designers and videographers can learn, chat and grow. “I share tutorials, advice and encouragement free of charge,” Cardoza says.
FINALISTS // Seth Kitchen • Myles Loffler