International Drone Show 2024 speakers

International Drone Show in Denmark in May features leading drone experts

Today, the programme for the International Drone Show on 29 May in Odense is announced, and it's packed with drone experts from Denmark and abroad. Big international names such as Wing and Manna are part of the programme, which features more than 40 speakers, four conference tracks, five panel discussions and several demo flights.   

The International Drone Show is Northern Europe's largest drone event and takes place on 29 May at HCA Airport in Odense. The conference and exhibition will provide insight into the latest drone technologies and applications in a range of industries. With visitors from Denmark and abroad, the event is a unique opportunity to make connections and meet new business partners.

Now revealed is this year's programme, which includes more than 40 speakers, five panel discussions and four conference tracks with the following themes: defence, security and the Arctic; legislation and operational security; industrial use cases and new technologies; and commercial use of drones.

- We're really excited about the strong line-up for this year's International Drone Show in May. The programme is packed with experts from Denmark and abroad, including leading companies like Wing and Manna. This is not only a recognition of the event's international relevance, but also a testament to Denmark's position as an innovator in drone technologies. We look forward to sharing new insights and starting important conversations about the opportunities and challenges facing the international drone ecosystem, says Søren Elmer Kristensen, CEO of Odense Robotics.

The programme highlights include leading names from the Danish and international drone community who will address key opportunities and challenges in both development and implementation:

  • Drones play a key role in military and security operationswhere they can support reconnaissance, surveillance, counter-terrorism, disaster response and law enforcement. Key speakers within this theme include Kay Wackwitz, CEO and Founder of Drone Industry Insights, which will talk about drone market trends and industrial use cases. This track also includes workshops with the Ministry of Defence's Materiel and Procurement Agency (FMI) about their procurement and use of drones, as well as a panel discussion on the challenges of using drones in the Arctic.
  • Drone legislation and operational safety is a crucial theme that addresses how to capitalise on new innovation potentials while taking public safety and privacy into account. Key speakers within this theme include Lars Korsholm, Head of Office at the Swedish Transport Administrationwho will present the ongoing work on Denmark's future drone strategy. In addition, the Mehmet Keyvan, CEO and Founder of Keyvan, talk about their solution that can create a green zone of data for each country or state for drone operations by taking into account airways, procedures, special areas and restrictions.
  • A growing number of drones are being used as a resource-efficient toolThe programme will showcase a range of solutions that also minimise risk and can perform a variety of tasks such as infrastructure inspection, disaster management, environmental monitoring or even logistics in the healthcare sector. Highlights of the programme include Titta Andersson-Bohren, European Policy and Community Affairs Manager at Wingwho will talk about their guidelines based on experiences from Australia, USA, Finland and Ireland. In addition, the Bobby Healy, CEO and Founder of Manna, talk about drone delivery operations in Europe. Last but not least Laurent Rouchon, Sales Director at Drone Volt, talk about inspecting high-voltage power lines and showcase Drone Volt's new LINEDRONE for the first time.

Visitors to the event can also experience an exhibition and several complex demo flights. For example, Nordic Wing will showcase their latest Astero ISR 2.5 and their Raptor system; UMS Skeldar will present their V-200 platform that supports tactical operations in surveillance, emergency response, security and defence, and Drone Volt will also perform a demo flight.

- The International Drone Show is a chance to network while seeing drones in action. Visitors can experience complex drone demos that span a wide range of applications. This is possible thanks to the state-of-the-art facilities we have here at HCA Airport, says Michael Larsen, Head of UAS Denmark Test Center, which is located at HCA Airport and offers BVLOS flights, a C-UAS centre, R&D facilities, a business park and 1,900 square kilometres of airspace over land and sea.

Last year, more than 400 people attended the International Drone Show. The conference programme included around 40 speakers and the exhibition included around 30 companies. This year's media partners are Unmanned Systems Technology and eVTOL Insights.

About the International Drone Show
The International Drone Show is organised by Odense Robotics, Denmark's national cluster for robotics and drones, and UAS Denmark International Test Center, an internationally recognised test centre for drone technology. The annual conference and exhibition takes place at HCA Airport near Odense, Denmark. For more information:

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