Participate in the IATA Drones Innovation Weekend and develop a proof-of-concept for the safe operation and business impact of drones in aviation. You can select different challenges to participate in. Prizes include a coveted speaking slot at the prestigious
2019 IATA Safety & Flight Operations conference which takes place in Barcelona a few days later.
Are you an innovator, corporate developer, or aerospace enthusiast?
Register now. Participation to the IATA Drones Innovation Weekend is free, but you need to meet the registration requirements indicated in the
Terms & Conditions (pdf).
When: 30-31 March, 2019Where:
Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain
Questions? Contact us at
The Drones Innovation Weekend competition will take part in two phases:
The first phase, will
allow participants in the Drones Innovation Weekend to submit and discuss ideas
using an online tool, in relation to the Challenges, with a panel of experts who
will act as virtual mentors. The goal is to allow the participants to adjust
ideas they want to build in the Innovation Weekend by receiving feedback from
the mentors. Upon completion of registration, the participants will be sent an
email with the Challenge contents, supporting documents and information, and
access to the tool for Ideation Phase. The participants will be invited to join
an online meeting for the start of the Ideation Phase on 15 March 2019.
The second phase,
which will be held from 30-31 March 2019 in Barcelona, during which participants
will further develop and pitch their ideas, designs and solutions. A Jury of
experts will assess the participants’ solutions and then select the winning
For more details, view the full schedule (pdf)
To participate in this event, teams must select a challenge below to compete in. The challenges focus on proof-of-concept for the safe operation and
business impact of drones in an aviation context.
The flying taxi is not science fiction anymore. We will soon have flying
taxis (whether automated or piloted) in several congested cities. Commuters and
the need for faster urban mobility will drive an accelerated use of such new VTOL
taxis. In addition, with the changing type of passengers and increased number
of flying commuters who reside in urban or remote areas, the inter-connectivity
of multi-modal transportation will be essential from a socio-economic
perspective. However, flying unmanned or remotely piloted VTOL taxis to operate
in and out of an airport will require safe and efficient integration into
regulated airspace, which includes a new regulatory framework and a safety risk
assessment as well as supporting technologies and infrastructure. In addition,
security risks need to be mitigated since the use of unmanned technology
increases vulnerability to cyber threats. Under this challenge, Participants
will develop a concept of
operations (CONOPS) for the operation of flying taxis from the arrivals
terminal at Frankfurt Airport to downtown Frankfurt.
See the details of this Challenge (pdf)
The UAS industry is moving at a fast pace in multiple directions (low
altitude, high altitude, recreational and commercial). In addition to
commercial usage (e.g. journalism and agriculture), UAS are also anticipated to
be used for the air transport of goods and passengers. Last-mile delivery companies
are in the frontline of testing new and innovative UAS solutions. Transporting
medicinal supplies from airports to urban areas is not only a game changer, but
a social necessity, especially for aging populations in remote areas. Flying
unmanned or remotely piloted drones to operate in and out of an airport will
require safe and efficient integration into regulated airspace, which includes
a new regulatory framewor and a safety risk assessment as well as supporting
technologies and infrastructure. In addition, security risks need to be
mitigated since the use of unmanned technology increases vulnerability to cyber
threats. Under this Challenge, Participants will develop a concept of operations (CONOPS) for the
operation of a fleet of unmanned drones (UAS) between a warehouse within
Barcelona Airport and residential areas on the sides of Barcelona city.
In the area of e-commerce logistics, few well known e-tailers, logistics
integrators and postal companies are testing drones to deliver packages to
people’s doorsteps (last mile), others are looking at bigger unmanned cargo
airplanes to compete with short-haul trucks (between 100 and 300 miles) to
offer faster and more frequent freight deliveries. Under this Challenge,
Participants will develop a business
concept of innovative UAS solution that will be able to address the social,
economic and environmental challenges of e-commerce deliveries in Switzerland.
you are an innovator, corporate developer, or aerospace enthusiast, you’re
welcome to register as a team. The IATA Drones Innovation Weekend is free to
participate and open to all interested teams who want to be involved in the
competition. You will have to complete your online registration using the link
below, and meet the registration requirements indicated in the Terms &
Conditions (pdf) to be able to join the event.
By registering for the competition, participants explicity agree to the Terms & Conditions (pdf)
The Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, renowned for its expertise in aeronautical engineering and telecommunications, is located in Mediterranean Technology Park, Barcelona, Spain. The campus is a unique blend of modern architecture and open green spaces that foster a perfect environment for innovation and learning.
With its close proximity to the seaside, ease of accessiblity via public transportation and a 15 minute shuttle from Barcelona Airport, it encapsulates the cosmopolitan charm of Barcelona and has everything you need on its doorstep.
There are many hotels located in the Castelldefels area, close to the venue. For more information or booking assistance, please visit the respective hotel websites:
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