Sneak preview programme Amsterdam Drone Week

23 October 2018

From 26 – 30 November the international event Amsterdam Drone Week takes place. Amsterdam Drone Week is an initiative of RAI Amsterdam and EASA, and is powered by the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure & Water Management, Airbus, Bell, Boeing, and IDS. During this event the new European regulations for drones and the future of Urban Air Mobility is discussed by leading experts, policy makers, and companies in the unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) community.

Besides the EASA High Level Conference on Drones, Amsterdam Drone Week will be filled with several international leading conferences, showcases and demonstrations. Among the list of top-level speakers are EU Commissioner Violeta Bulc, Tom Enders (Airbus), Dutch Minister Cora van Nieuwenhuizen (Ministry of Infrastructure & Water Management), Steve Nordlund (Boeing HorizonX), Patrick Ky (EASA), and Uber Aviation’s Eric Allison, to name a few. ADW brings together insights on Smart mobility, Regulations, Technology & Solutions. The agenda for Amsterdam Drone Week includes a variety of events with top-level speakers, all discussing and bringing new insights on the three themes: Smart Mobility, Regulations, and Technology & Solutions.

What to expect

Below is a list of confirmed events taking place during the exhibiting days of Amsterdam Drone Week (27-29 November):

  • Grand Opening (27 November)
  • Mobility as a Service – New Business Models (27 November)
  • EASA High Level Conference on Drones – New European Regulations (27-28 November)
  • Formula FPV Drone Racing – Demo (27-29 November)
  • Drone Solutions Theatre Sessions (27-29 November)
  • Unmanned Cargo Aircraft Conference (28 November)
  • Towards an Integrated Infrastructure and Air Traffic Control System (28 November)
  • Conference on Drones in the Public Domain (28 November)
  • 1st UIC2 Forum – Urban Air Mobility Initiative (28 November)
  • Meeting Drone Alliance Europe (28 November)
  • Amsterdam Security Conference (29 November)
  • How to Build a MaaS – DevOps (29 November)

A sneak preview on what topics and speakers to expect during Amsterdam Drone Week:


Smart Mobility: What does the future of on-demand mobility look like?
On 27 November Amsterdam Drone Week brings the exciting future of on-demand mobility. Tom Enders (Airbus), Eric Allison (Uber Aviation), Steve Nordlund (Boeing HorizonX) and many other top representatives, discuss new business models for on-demand (air) mobility that will make cities smarter, better and more efficient.

Regulations: A common European market for drones
Topics discussed under the theme of regulations include common rules for small drones, inclusion of autonomy, urban (air) taxi’s, as well as looking into the challenges posed to the industry itself, Member States and EASA. Featured speakers, including Koen de Vos (EC), Massimo Garbini (IDS), Ben Marcus (Airmap) and Christoph Raab (DAE), elaborate on the gaps between the high density of operation and the lack of fully fledged U-Space.

Technology & Solutions: Who brings the future of drone applications to life?
On 28 November, the importance of a 5G network for integrating drones in an urban environment are discussed. Furthermore Gail Orenstein, an award winning FAA and CAA licensed news drone journalist, stresses why UAV technology is so critical in times of war. On 29 November, Tineke Bakker – van der Veen (Boeing) explains the importance of encouraging tech education for the next generation.

Registration for Amsterdam Drone Week is free.

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