Drone Con 2019

15 – 16 October 2019

Durban International Convention Centre (ICC) 

Conference Overview

Topics for 2019

Regulatory and Industrial Policy Framework

A View from the Security Cluster

Skills Development for the Next Generation of Drone Pilots, Technicians and Data Scientists

Unmanned Traffic Management

Smart Cities Integration of Drone Technology

Emerging Use Cases for Drone Technology

Game Changers: Drone Deliveries, Passenger Drones and Autonomous Drones

Design Thinking Workshop for the adoption of Drone Technologies in Smart Cities

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.

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.


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