General 2020 African Drone Forum Challenge Questions

The African Drone Forum (ADF) asks what would happen if Africa was no longer bound by surface infrastructure. It explores new territory, made possible through advances in autonomous aerial technologies, and can significantly improve transport and mobility in rural and remote areas. It is a community made up of global investors, thought leaders and experts at the forefront of drone technologies, African governments, regulators, media and businesses. The ADF aims to support the drones for good industry while working through the regulatory and safety implications of this technology.

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The ADF is focused on creating long-lasting connections in the African drone ecosystem. To be a part of the community, sign up to our newsletter and engage with us on social media.

The objectives of the ADF were to convene and promote top drone ideas, practices and technologies for the continent, as well as catalyze, demonstrate, validate and reward aerial delivery services that could transform distribution services in Africa. It also connected local and global entrepreneurs with regional decision-makers and strategic investors. View the images and presentations here.

Tanzania set the pace in 2018 with Africa’s first ever gathering of drone advocates, and we thank them for their commitment for year zero. Rwanda was a fitting venue for the next event as Rwanda’s government was the first in Africa and one of the first in the world to promulgate comprehensive performance-based UAS regulations allowing Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) commercial operations. Hosting the ADF2020 in Rwanda strengthened the insights and knowledge exchange at the symposium sessions on regulatory transformation, while the geography of the lake region challenged the competing flying teams to excel within a real-world use-case environment.

Following the incredible success of the ADF2020, we are consulting with partners and key stakeholders to plan the future of the African Drone Forum. In the meantime, our communications platforms remain active with news from across the ADF community. If you want to be notified as future ADF events are announced, please subscribe to our newsletter here.

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The ADF is not a funding body, and as such does not actively provide funding for drone startups or organizations at any level of development. When opportunities for members of our community are available, they are posted on our website, and detailed in our newsletter.

Lake Kivu Challenge (LKC)

Ten teams from around the world congregated in Rwanda to compete in the Lake Kivu Challenge Flying Competitions. In the Karongi District, at the beautiful Lake Kivu, they demonstrated their flying operations in front of a jury. Meet the winners of the Lake Kivu Challenge here.

Each category held a different criteria within the Lake Kivu Challenge. To find out what was required of each team for the Emergency Delivery, Find and Assess and Sample Pick-Up Flying Competitions, you can view it here.

View all the winners from the Flying Competition here.

Following the success of the Lake Kivu Challenge, we are consulting with partners and key stakeholders to plan the future flying competitions. To stay up to date with the community and to be the first to hear the announcement, sign up to the newsletter and follow us on social media on these platforms: Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram.


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Find images from the African Drone Forum 2020 here. All images must be credited: World Bank/African Drone Forum.