Drone X Challenge 2020

US$1.5+ Million


Applications are now closed.
Selected teams for the final event will be announced in April 2021.

US$1 Million Final Prize
US$500,000+ R&D Grants

Qualified Teams
for Phase III

About the

A US$1.5+ Million Global Challenge (US$1 Million Final Prize and US$500,000+ in R&D Grants) that is pushing the frontiers of R&D and innovation in drone technologies.

DXC 2020 aims at accelerating the practical deployment of drones/UAVs in key applications focusing on transportation and delivery. DXC 2020 will support innovative commercial applications/solutions that tackle two major challenges: payload capacity and flight endurance.


  • Fixed-wing Drones Battery Powered
    Minimum Payload: 15 Kg
    Minimum Endurance: 45 Min
  • Hydrocarbon/Hybrid Powered
    Minimum Payload: 50 Kg
    Minimum Endurance: 360 Min
  • Multi-rotor Drones Battery Powered
    Minimum Payload: 50 Kg
    Minimum Endurance: 45 Min
  • Hydrocarbon/Hybrid Powered
    Minimum Payload: 50 Kg
    Minimum Endurance: 180 Min


Advisory Board

  • Dr. Zexiang Li
    Professor of the Department of Electrical
    and Computer Engineering - HKUST
  • Dr. Gary McGrath
    Senior Director of Technology
  • Dr. Kamel Saidi
    Leader of Sensing & Perception Systems Group
    in the Intelligent Systems Division
    National Institute of Standards and Technology
  • Dr. Ahmad Bani Younes
    Assistant Professor
    San Diego State University (SDSU)
  • Dr. Tarek Taha
    Lead – Robotics Lab
    Dubai Future Foundation
  • Dr. Giuseppe Loianno
    Assistant Professor
  • Dr. Anibal Ollero
    Head of the Robotics Vision and Control Group
    University of Sevilla
  • Edward Anderson
    Technology and Innovation Specialist
    World Bank
  • Asher Siddiqui
    Investor, Mentor and Advisor
    Krypto Labs


US$1.5+ Million

R&D Grants Phase I: US$320,000*
Phase II: US$300,000*
* Divided among funded teams
Final Prize US$1,000,000

Krypto Labs

Krypto Labs is a global innovation hub that offers custom business incubation and acceleration programs, corporate innovation, funding for early-stage startups, entrepreneurship-focused training and an inspiring coworking space. Krypto Labs is a strategic partner with Silicon Valley-based 500 Startups, which is among the world’s most active seed investors with over 2,000 startups.

Krypto Labs has evolved into a leading global player in terms of attracting leading-edge ideas, startups, and innovative solutions. Through its broad entrepreneurial network, Krypto Labs has successfully executed several sector-specific cohorts that have culminated in top startups receiving strategic investments and various business development support, including mentorship, networking, and access to markets. Krypto Labs is also involved in various R&D initiatives whereby it leverages on startups and entrepreneurs for developing cutting-edge innovation solutions. Krypto Labs also provides world-class innovation programs through strategic partnerships in corporate innovation and ecosystem development.

Krypto Labs is headquartered in the sustainable eco-development Masdar City in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.