Drone X Challenge 2020

US$1.5 Million
Challenge

DESIGN • DEVELOP • DEMONSTRATE

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

About the
Challenge

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.

Categories

  • 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

Timeline

Advisory Board

  • Dr. Zexiang Li
    Professor of the Department of Electrical
    and Computer Engineering - HKUST
  • Dr. Gary McGrath
    Senior Director of Technology
    Qualcomm
  • Dr. Ahmad Bani Younes
    Assistant Professor
    San Diego State University (SDSU)
  • Dr. Tarek Taha
    Senior Technical Lead
    Algorythma
  • Dr. Giuseppe Loianno
    Assistant Professor
    NYU
  • Edward Anderson
    Technology and Innovation Specialist
    World Bank
  • Asher Siddiqui
    Investor, Mentor and Advisor
    Krypto Labs

Prizes

US$1.5 Million
Challenge

R&D Grants Phase I: US$200,000*
* Divided among funded teams
Phase II: US$300,000*
* Divided among funded teams
Final Prize US$1,000,000

Krypto Labs

Krypto Labs is a purpose-built innovation hub offering custom business incubation programs, funding for startups, and an inspiring co-working 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 is also associated with ADFG, a leading investment firm together with its controlled entities has assets under management of US$20 billion. Krypto Labs is headquartered in the sustainable eco-development Masdar City in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

The Krypto Labs incubator program is carefully designed to support new ideas and established start-ups with vital assistance, including mentorship, funding, networking, and other support services to allow innovators to concentrate on their core competencies. Selected start-ups will receive funding in return for a negotiated stake in their company.