Drones & UAV Conference – Zimbabwe

With the unfolding events taking place in Zimbabwe, this year has paved way for the first ever Drones and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) Conference in Zimbabwe.

Important Event Information:

Date: 10 & 11 November, 2021

Venue: Celebration Center, Harare, Zimbabwe

Why Attend?

The COVID-19 pandemic has been both a boon and bane for drone technology worldwide. Despite witnessing a revised market growth rate because of the global pandemic – which market research firm, Research, and Markets had pegged at $95billion by 2030 – the commercial drone industry might have seen its best year yet in 2020. The delivery drone market especially experienced a boom, with American drone logistics Zipline just celebrating their one-millionth medical delivery; Wingcopter and Aerial Metric are working with locally-led Flying Labs; and countries like Nigeria and the DRC warming up to the arrival of drones over their skies.

This should be an advantage to developing nations if drone production continues on the exponential curve with which it is rising today; it would make drones available at an affordable cost to people who need them. For a young economy like Zimbabwe, drones and their software applications are needed in economy mainstays like mining and agriculture; and for humanitarian causes like disaster management and healthcare.

According to the World Economic Forum, agriculture drones will have a particularly powerful impact in the developing world, whose mostly smallholder farmers face enormous challenges producing quality food and selling it for a decent price. That is because data analytics for agriculture are becoming more specialized, meeting the specific needs of the agriculture industry. And the features that farmers are seeking from drones depend upon their individual needs, though some common areas are covered.

Soil analysis, planting, crop monitoring, crop spraying, crop health, and irrigation are some of the most sought-after areas for drone-led inspections and data analysis. There are areas where there are very clear value propositions, but that depends on how someone wants to use the technology.

Drones have also changed the technology game for mining, surveying, and mapping, tourism, utility inspection, surveillance, search and rescue missions, crowd control, and public safety, media production, among many other industries. The range of operational convenience they offer for these industries – safety, saving on time and costs, 2D and 3D pictorial presentations; as well as precision of results has seen their commercial applications rising in value.

But, there are legal, privacy, and safety concerns to consider when incorporating drones in an economy’s daily operations, especially when they have to fly in public places. These and other issues will be under discussion at the Drones and UAV Conference Zimbabwe, the very first conference to be held in Zimbabwe on emerging technologies in unmanned aerial systems and will be held on 21 – 22 July 2021 at the Celebration Centre in Harare, Zimbabwe. The event will look at the challenges and opportunities presented by drones, and the best ways in which the law and technology can come together for the good cause of revolutionizing industrial operations through disruptive innovation.

What to expect

  • learn more about drone technology
  • understand drone laws and regulations
  • network with local and international drone leaders
  • stay ahead and up to date

There will be lot more on offer.

For more details and information, download the official publication of the programme below.

About the Author


Kumbirai is a final year Surveying & Geomatics students at the Midlands State University in Zimbabwe. He is also the Founder and Team Lead at African Surveyors Connect.

Kumbirai is also a young and innovative Geospatial Analyst, Developer, and Researcher with key interests in spatial epidemiology, Web-based GIS applications, Space technology, Exploration, and Inclusive and Digital Land Information Systems all towards the attainment and achievement of the Global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. A true believer in the power of location and geospatial intelligence to achieve all these goals.

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