Elevate Africa Summit UAS Charts Course for Drone Revolution

Kenya is leading Africa’s drone revolution, with the Unmanned Aircraft Systems [UAS] market set to reach $43 billion by 2025. The Elevate Africa UAS Summit 2024, organized by Kenya Flying Labs, Africa Drone Forum, and Pravesh Global, brought together over 500 participants from 21 countries to discuss the future of UAS technology.

Key discussions focused on drones’ transformative potential in agriculture, healthcare, and logistics. The summit also highlighted gender inclusivity through the Women in Drones panel. Over 150 students from various institutions engaged in STEM workshops, showcasing their enthusiasm for drone technology.

Anne Gitau, Director of KCAA Air Navigation Services, emphasized Kenya’s leadership in drone regulation and technology. Senator Tabitha Munene highlighted drones’ societal impact, particularly in delivering medical supplies and enhancing agricultural productivity. Cleopa Otieno, CEO of Kenya Flying Labs, noted drones’ role in disaster management and geospatial data collection.

Eno Umoh, Chairman of the African Drone Forum, praised the event’s significance, citing Rwanda and Ghana’s successful drone applications. Konza Technopolis hosted live demos and reaffirmed its commitment to innovation, with CEO John Paul Okwiri highlighting initiatives like the development of a drone corridor.

Captain Mercy Makau, Elevate Africa UAS Summit Ambassador, stressed the collective vision needed to drive positive change through drones. Sponsors and exhibitors, including German Drones, Wild Drones, and Kenya Red Cross, supported the event despite ongoing protests in the city.

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