Welcome to Africa’s leading Drone Conference

15 – 16 October 2019

Durban International Convention Centre (ICC)

Why Attend Drone Con 2019

Learn more about drone technology

Drones and exponential technologies are changing and disrupting business as we know it, and these changes will impact you.

Understand the rules & regulations

Whether you have an interest in Drone technology and its commercial applications and the rules that govern it, or you have drones operating in your environment and need to better understand how to manage and control their impact, this is the conference for you. 

Network with leaders of industry

This conference has been specifically crafted to allow for maximum networking time. Due to the diversity of topics and attendees, the following timeslots have been allocated to allow for interaction with fellow delegates, as well as exhibitors.

About Drone Con

Redefining the Future of Work with Drones 4.0

Drone Con is one of Africa’s largest drone conferences with a keen focus on African solutions for commercial drone industries and offers delegates a diversity of relevant exhibitions.

This year marks the third widely anticipated annual Drone Con, taking place at Durban International Convention Centre (ICC) on the 15th and 16th of October 2019.

Drone Technology is being adopted at a rapidly growing rate in sectors like Agriculture, Mining, Construction, Security and more. Some Municipalities have also incorporated drone technology in their Smart City programmes to improve efficiencies in areas like Planning, Policing, Emergency Services, Inspections and monitoring of infrastructure projects.

Drone Technology will continue to fundamentally impact the nature of jobs in the future and Drone Con 2019 will aim to enlighten the public on the opportunities related to these influences.

Drone Con’s aim is to provide a platform whereby the best-in-industry provides drone enthusiasts with comprehensive, accurate information on matters industry-users are currently confronted with as well as possible solutions.

Drone Con 2019 will also expand on the upskilling of individuals and the vast employment opportunities the drone industry promises to deliver as per research conducted by the Commercial Unmanned Aviation Association of South Africa (CUAASA) which revealed more than 40 000 jobs will be created within the industry over a ten-year period.

New to the conference this year, we are excited to host a ‘Design Thinking Workshop’ which allows delegates to deliberate on Smart City Solutions and develop approaches on how Drone Technology may be adopted by Municipalities and other state organisations to improve efficiencies and lower operating costs.



Networking Sessions

Drone Flying Cage

Vast Exhibition Offerings

Masterclass Programme

Co-located Events

KZN Export Week: 14 – 18 October

KZN Export Week is an annual programme of Trade & Investment KwaZulu-Natal (TIKZN) developed to recognise, promote and assist with growing KwaZulu-Natal’s export businesses and industries. Through a comprehensive programme of activities, it will provide professional development and information on growth sectors and market opportunities to KwaZulu-Natal’s and Africa’s new and existing exporters and internationally focused businesses. KZN Export Week will be filled with information and networking sessions of interest for emerging exporters, existing exporters and seasoned exporters.

15 – 16 October

African Ports and Rail Evolution is a two-day trade exhibition and conference, gathering the largest group of transport professionals in the African market. Over the past eight years, the event has accelerated new business opportunities in the port and rail sectors. Furthermore, it has featured south-after African and international speakers discussing strategic and technical matters transport and logistic matters. This year, African Ports and Rail Evolution will provide a truly comprehensive platform to reach the entire African port and rail value chain. With Africa on its way to becoming a free trade zone, development plans across the continent are prioritising transport infrastructure projects.

17 October

The Durban Chamber of Commerce & Industry will host the KZN Exporter of the Year Awards where small, medium and large exporters from a variety of sectors will be recognised for their contribution to industry. The Awards will form part of the entire week long KZN Export Week programme.

Women in Transport Awards: 15 October

The third annual Women in Transport Awards will be held on 15 October 2019 at the Durban International Convention Centre in South Africa. These awards bring together Africa’s most renowned transport industry professionals, many of them longstanding attendees of the African Ports and Rail Evolution. This leading industry event provides the platform to recognise, reward and celebrate the success women transforming the transport sector.

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Drone Con 2019 Partners

Endorsing Partners

Media Partners


Drone Con 2019 Speakers 

Alan Ball


Flying Robot

Mervyn George

Innovation Strategy Lead for Africa


Sean Reitz


United Drone Group

Contact Us

+27 (0)74 945 1000


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