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Kenya to host this year’s Elevate Africa drone Summit

The Elevate Africa Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Summit, an event that showcases new innovations and milestones within the drone ecosystem, will this year be held between June 28 and 29 in Kenya.

Day one of the summit will feature a symposium and exclusive B2B networking sessions in Nairobi, while day 2 will feature an Expo with live demonstrations of various drone technologies at the Konza Technopolis in Machakos.

Attendees will have an opportunity to participate in training workshops where they will learn from keynote addresses and panel discussions with industry leaders, government officials, and academia.

They will also get an opportunity to witness live demos showcasing the latest in drone technology, explore cutting-edge applications in sensing, monitoring, healthcare delivery, and industrial operations as well as connect with startups, investors, and potential collaborators.

“The Elevate Africa Summit promises to be a monumental event, offering attendees a unique opportunity to engage with the brightest minds in the drone industry. More than a summit, it is a gateway to the African sky, opening doors to new possibilities and collaborations that will shape the future of UAS technology in Africa and beyond,” noted Cleopa Otieno, CEO of Kenya Flying Labs.

The event has been organized jointly by the Kenya Flying Labs, Pravesh Global, Africa Drone Forum, Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) and Konza Technopolis.

This year’s summit marks a significant moment in the evolution of Unmanned Aerial Systems and drone technology on the African continent, and particularly in Kenya, a nation that has become synonymous with pioneering advancements in the drone industry.

It aims to showcase the remarkable achievements within the Kenyan drone ecosystem and provide an invaluable platform for collaboration and knowledge exchange across the continent.

It will bring together industry leaders, innovators in drone technology, regulatory bodies, private sector enterprises in GIS, agriculture, healthcare and logistics, donors and development agencies, government and civil aviation authorities, academics, researchers and students, entrepreneurs, investors and venture capitalists.

“The decision to host this year’s Elevate Africa Summit in Nairobi is rooted in Kenya’s role as a frontrunner in the realm of UAS innovation. With its groundbreaking drone regulations, Kenya has created a fertile ground for drone technology, making it the ideal location for the summit,” noted Otieno.

Indeed, the country’s comprehensive approach to drone regulations has made it a test bed for UAS innovations worldwide. The involvement of entities like Konza Technopolis, with its dedicated drone corridor for testing and development, underscores Nairobi’s crucial role in the future of UAS technology.

“This summit will illustrate how leveraging the power of the global drone community can bring transformative changes, not only in Kenya but across Africa,” noted Otieno.

Unmanned Aerial Systems have been major contributors to the growth witnessed in industries such as agriculture, healthcare and surveillance, enabling players within these industries to conduct operations on a large scale with ease.

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