Opportunities for Cargo Drones in Africa and Lake Victoria Challenge – Presented by Caroline Gevaert, The World Bank

Opportunities for Cargo Drones in Africa and Lake Victoria Challenge – Presented by Caroline Gevaert, The World Bank, at the Unmanned Cargo Aircraft Conference, on November 28, 2018, at RAI Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

The people of Lake Victoria need to be connected. According to World Bank estimates, Africa needs to spend $38 billion more each year on transport infrastructure, plus a further $37 billion on operations and maintenance — that’s just to sustain its current level of development.

Leap-frog technologies such as cargo drones can be used to overcome this infrastructure gap, providing rural towns and villages with access to services like emergency aid, commercial goods, medical supplies and wider economic opportunities.

In October 2018, African legislative authorities from multiple countries, interested (governmental and commercial) users, and top-notch cargo drone companies came together in Mwanza, Tanzania to showcase current cargo drone capabilities.

This event, supported by the World Bank, the World Economic Forum, UNICEF, the World Food Program, and Tanzanian governmental authorities, will be followed by a larger one in June, 2019.

Don’t miss out, but come to the Lake Victoria Challenge next year to see drones battle in real-life challenges, hear experts discuss business opportunities in the symposium, and visit the expo – be a part of this emerging African opportunity.

About Caroline Gevaert
After two Master degrees, Caroline Gevaert took her expertise to the field (with a drone in hand) in 2015 to collect images to support of urban upgrading projects in Kigali, Rwanda. This resulted in a PhD degree from the University of Twente / Faculty ITC in 2018, where she is currently an Assistant Professor. She is also a Machine Learning and Remote Sensing Specialist at the World Bank. Her interests lie in connecting state-of-the-art artificial intelligence for image interpretation with local knowledge and practices – connecting the latest technological developments with practical needs and use cases.

About The World Bank
The World Bank Group is one of the world’s largest sources of funding and knowledge for developing countries. Its five institutions share a commitment to reducing poverty, increasing shared prosperity, and promoting sustainable development.

About Unmanned Cargo Aircraft Conference
This 7th edition of the conference will take place on November 28, 2018, at RAI Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Scope: The Conference aims to bring together manufacturers, operators, knowledge institutes, consultants and government organizations active in the upcoming field of unmanned cargo aircraft.

Unmanned Cargo Aircraft (UCA) are a relatively new phenomenon; the first UCA service is to be started in Kenya this year. UCA offer the potential to transport loads of 1 to 10 tons or more over both short and long distances, on routes that are unfeasible or uneconomical for other modes of transport.

During the conference, internationally renowned speakers will introduce UCA development projects and potential applications.

Topics to be covered are:

UCA business models: how to earn money with UCA?
UCA configurations: what could – and should – UCA look like?
Regulation: where are UCA allowed to fly, and under which conditions?
Societal benefits: what can UCA contribute to economic and social development?
Industrial participation: how can UCA contribute to innovation and what opportunities do they generate for new enterprises?
Market analysis

Target group: Shippers | Carriers | Harbour authorities | Research institutions | Military | Ship manufacturers | System Integrators | ICT suppliers | Logistic service suppliers | Entrepreneurs | Investors | Airports | Governmental Institutions | Cargo Companies | Fulfilment companies | Retailers | E-tailers | Consultants

It is a unique opportunity to exchange ideas and network with this pioneering community of unmanned cargo researchers, engineers, business developers and end-users.

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