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ADF will launch a business plan competition that focuses exclusively on African entrepreneurs who have identified new and innovative use cases for commercial drone applications. Finalists will be invited to pitch their business concepts live at the forum. To receive updates on this competition, please sign up for our newsletter and follow us on Twitter @ADF_rising.

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The objectives of the ADF are to convene and promote the best drone ideas, practices and technologies for the continent, as well as to catalyse, demonstrate, validate and reward aerial delivery services that will transform distribution services in Africa. The challenge will also connect local and global entrepreneurs with regional decision-makers and strategic investors.

The 2020 African Drone Forum (ADF) asks what could 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. Made up of a gathering of global investors, thought leaders and experts at the forefront of drone technologies, local African government, regulators, media and businesses, the ADF aims to build a global community and support industry while working through the regulatory and safety implications of this technology. Cultural effects on communities are also explored

The flying competitions of the African Drone Forum – Lake Kivu Challenge will be held in Karongi on the shores of Lake Kivu, Rwanda in February 2020. The African Drone Forum Symposium and Expo will be held in Kigali, Rwanda from February 5 to 7. Competition flights are scheduled to start February 8, 2020.

DughTanzania set the pace in 2018 with Africa’s first-ever historic gathering of drone advocates, and we thank them for their commitment for year zero and now as they pass the proverbial baton to our next host country.nRwanda is a fitting venue for the next iteration of the event as the Rwandan 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 ADF2020 in Rwanda is expected to strengthen the insights and knowledge exchange at the symposium sessions on regulatory transformation, while the geography of the lake region will challenge the competing flying teams to excel within a real-world use-case environment.

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