Jonathan Ledgard, director of EPFL and Africa correspondent-at-large at The Economist, will be presenting at Unmanned Cargo Aircraft Conference ’14. He will be talking about “Flying cargo robots out of Africa”.
Africa is growing too fast to build out its road network. Transportation will have to be supplemented from the sky. Low cost cargo robots (“flying donkeys”) operating on established networks can lift Africa by creating jobs and enabling e-commerce and community to community exchanges in a shared economy.
About Jonathan Ledgard
Thinker and pioneer of advanced technology in Africa. Since 2012, director, future Africa, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL). Since 1995, foreign political and war correspondent, The Economist. Expertise: African politics, nature, technology, digital arts. Novelist: Giraffe, Submergence.
Afrotech is a future Africa initiative based at EPFL. Its objective is to help pioneer advanced technologies in Africa at massive scale.