Amsterdam Drone Week is a co-created events festival, that unites the brightest and most creative minds of the UAS Industry, showcases the latest technology and helps unlock the potential of drones and discovery of new applications. For the duration of one week, this umbrella event connects the entire UAS value chain through a diversity of events around drone regulations, new technology and future solutions.

What is Amsterdam Drone Week about?

Why Amsterdam Drone Week?

“The EU needs to take a leading role worldwide in developing the right framework for this market to flourish, by unleashing the benefits for key economic sectors,” says Violeta Bulc, EU Commissioner for Transport (source:

And that’s exactly what we’re doing here. The global market for drone powered business solutions is currently worth 127.3 billion dollars and will grow immensely in the coming few years. One of the reasons being the European drone framework that is predicted to be in place by 2020. Due to this framework, endless of – at the moment – far future technologies and applications will suddenly be within reach. 


Who attends?

Amsterdam Drone Week is a b2b event created for anyone (from science and regulatory bodies to corporates and startups) operating in the UAS industry or employed in different industries but using - or interested in working with - drone technology.

- Join an international community of innovators and like-minded professionals in the field of unmanned aircrafts
- Explore new drone technologies and applications from a broad variety of industries
- Gain perspective on opportunities and future technologies around Unmanned Aircrafts
- Meet your next business partners, clients and competitors


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Investment in the UAS industry: what’s holding us back?

Our board of recommendation advises us on strategic issues which are in the interest of the sector, the general public and Amsterdam Drone Week. At Commercial UAV Expo Europe we spoke to Jacques Kruse Brandaõ, head of political affairs & public co-creation of NXP. He shares his vision on the drone industry and how it is evolving. 

Global opportunities

NXP Semiconductors enables secure connections and infrastructure for a smarter, easier and safer world. They are driving innovation in the secure connected vehicle, end-to-end security and privacy and smart connected solutions markets and supply chips which are necessary to build and develop Unmanned Aerial Systems. 
Jacques states “One of the reasons why NXP is interested in drone business and applications is because we expect it to be an evolving market and a huge opportunity for our world. Drones have many applications; bus services, rescue missions and transportation. There are plenty of opportunities for the society and citizens when it comes to using drones.” 

Challenges to overcome

According to Jacques Kruse Brandaõ, there are still challenges that need to be overcome before companies can truly be successful in this upcoming market. These are mainly regulations and communication. “If we want to overcome these obstacles, we need to look at already existing industries such as automotive and IOT and learn from their best practices. We obviously want to avoid accidents in the air and against obstacles - radars and sensors to detect traffic and buildings are needed for this.” 

Seeking approval

Jacques states that one of the main challenges we have is to convince the aviation authorities to give the green light. “Once the techniques, technologies and regulations are defined, we are able to make a huge leap towards implementation, which means that investing in this industry will become more attractive.” 

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