Shaping the Future of Drones in UK Cities

The Flying High Challenge is a collaborative engagement with up to five cities or city-regions across the UK to shape the future of drones and drone systems

Benefits

World leading

Establish the UK as a world leader in drone systems

Collaborative Approach

Enable cities and people to collaborate with public services users, business, governmental, regulatory and industry stakeholders around the future of drones in cities

Problem Solving

Understand and shape potential drone applications and their social and economic implications

Anticipatory Regulation

Shape the regulatory environment to ensure sustainable integration, safety and privacy while creating space for technological innovation to deliver on community needs

Technology

Drone technology is advancing rapidly with the potential to perform critical services in everyday city life - from transporting urgent medical supplies to bridge inspection and repair

Cities and People

Cities and people must be at the center of shaping potential uses for drones and how they may integrate sustainably into communities

Potential Impact

Drone systems have the potential to advance cities’ social, economic, transport, environmental and innovation plans

Integration Challenges

Drone systems must integrate sustainably and safely within cities and hazardous environments taking into account real-world conditions

Our Approach

The Flying High Challenge is collaborative engagement with up to five cities across the UK to shape the future of drones and drone systems

Run by Nesta’s Challenge Prize Centre, in partnership with Innovate UK, the Flying High Challenge is the first programme of its kind to convene city leaders, regulators, public services, businesses and industry around the future of drones in cities.

By collaborating with selected cities, the Flying High Challenge will support cities to develop plans based on local community needs

The Challenge will:

  • Shape city plans on the future of drones in UK cities, exploring specific applications of drones within cities and hazardous environments
  • Identify and address key complexities such as technology, infrastructure, legal, regulations, safety and privacy
  • Detail technical and economic plans that unlock market opportunity through regulatory testbeds, open innovation technology challenges and live, real-world demonstrations

Nesta

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Innovate uk

Innovate UK is the UK's innovation agency. Innovate UK drives productivity and growth by supporting businesses to realise the potential of new technologies, develop ideas and make them a commercial success.

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The Flying High team can be contacted at: flyinghighchallenge@nesta.org.uk