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Conference Day Two: Wednesday, 21 June 2017

8:30 AM - 8:45 AM Registration, refreshments and networking

8:45 AM - 9:00 AM Opening remarks by the Chairperson

Maria Stefanopoulos, Production Manager, ABC News

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Maria Stefanopoulos

Production Manager
ABC News

Discussing the various innovative applications of drones

9:00 AM - 9:30 AM Healthcare: The use of autonomous unmanned aerial delivery system for emergency aerial delivery of essential medical supply

Zac Mtema, Senior Research Scientist, Ifakara Health Institute
  • Using drones for integrated disease surveillance and response systems
  • Discussing the importance of UAVs for accessing hard to reach areas for delivering medical aid
  • Case study examples on how drones have been used to provide medical aid, understanding how drones can help ensure quick access to test samples and improve disease surveillance

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Zac Mtema

Senior Research Scientist
Ifakara Health Institute

9:30 AM - 10:00 AM Introducing the capabilities of M200



9:45 AM - 10:15 AM Agriculture: Integrating drones in the agriculture industry

Stephen Muchiri, CEO, Eastern Africa Farmers Federation (EAFF)
  • Highlighting the use of drones for precision agriculture, farming and crop management
  • Understanding how drones can help increase yield, save time and cost and improve crop health management
  • Discussing the various drone technologies that can help in capturing agriculture-related data

Stephen Muchiri

CEO
Eastern Africa Farmers Federation (EAFF)

10:45 AM - 11:15 AM Delivery: Showcasing WeRobotics’ drone delivery efforts and the potential applications in East Africa

  • Highlighting a recent drone delivery activity conducted in Peru and discussing the lessons learnt
  • Discussing how drones can ensure safe and timely delivery of cargos across the region and analysing the challenges involved in using drones for cargo delivery
  • Developing an in-depth understanding about the different applications including GIS and mapping that drones can be used for in East Africa

11:15 AM - 11:45 AM Morning networking break

11:45 AM - 12:15 PM Journalism: Drones and news gathering/television production around the world

Maria Stefanopoulos, Production Manager, ABC News
  • Showcasing how drones have helped improve news gathering by reaching inaccessible areas and how ABC News, has pioneered and perfected being able to show their audience marvels of the earth in a way they’ve never seen before
  • Discussing the challenges including budget, clearance, location permit and legal constraints involved all over the world, when using drones.
  • Highlighting the lessons learnt by ABC News whilst using drones for news gathering on an active volcano, into the world’s biggest cave in the middle of a jungle in central Vietnam, into a glacier and in and around Ngorongoro Crater

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Maria Stefanopoulos

Production Manager
ABC News

12:15 PM - 12:45 PM Agriculture case study: Drones for agriculture in East Africa

Dieudonné Harahagazwe, Crop and Systems Sciences Division (CSS), International Potato Center
  • Discussing the spectrum of applications that drones can be used for in the agricultural sector
  • Discussing the role of community of practice in generating and sustaining drone-based technologies
  • Presenting a concrete example of utilisation of drones for improving crop statistics in Tanzania

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Dieudonné Harahagazwe

Crop and Systems Sciences Division (CSS)
International Potato Center

12:45 PM - 1:15 PM Case study: Recent efforts in use for UAVs in Uganda for Media, Agriculture and Humanitarian Response Programming



  • Realising the true value of drones and discussing the various ways in which drones are being used for humanitarian and commercial activities
  • Highlighting the positive impact of drones and comparing them with traditional methods of performing various applications including delivery, inspection, surveillance and many more
  • Discussing the future applications of drones in the East African region

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Zac Mtema

Senior Research Scientist
Ifakara Health Institute
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Bernard Justus Muhwezi

Manager, Geo-Information Services
Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS)
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Maria Stefanopoulos

Production Manager
ABC News
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Patrick Sherman

Founder
Roswell Flight Test Crew

1:45 PM - 2:00 PM Chairperson’s closing remarks

Maria Stefanopoulos, Production Manager, ABC News

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Maria Stefanopoulos

Production Manager
ABC News

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Networking lunch and end of conference

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