About Flying High
The Flying High Challenge is the first programme of its kind to convene city leaders, regulators, public services, and industry around the future of drones in the UK cities.
From February till June 2018, the Nesta Flying High team will work together with Bradford, London, Preston, Southampton and West Midlands to develop vision for drone systems based on local community needs and ambitions.
Flying High will explore specific drone use cases within cities and hazardous environments and address key technology, infrastructure, regulatory, safety and privacy complexities. The challenge will detail technical and economic plans that unlock market opportunity through regulatory testbeds, open innovation technology challenges and live, real-world demonstrations. The subsequent phases of the Flying High through to 2020 will ultimately test the drone applications in the partner cities.
Drone technology is becoming increasingly viable in urban environments. UK cities now have a unique opportunity to shape this disruptive technology, in order to maximise the economic and social benefits it could bring.
By bringing together city leaders, regulators, public services, businesses and industry, Flying High will help cities explore the public attitudes, logistics and safety of drones operating in complex urban environments and develop plans for drone uses for their communities.
A fully engaged network of stakeholders will create space for technological innovation and thus unlock commercial opportunities for drone systems in the UK whilst ensuring sustainable integration, safety and privacy.
Monitor (Marine Ports)
Deliver (Medical Supplies)
Intervene (in City Infrastructure)
The Kick-Off workshop on February 7th is hosted, convening Partner Cities, the Judging Panel, Key Stakeholders, and the Flying High Challenge Team
Partner cities review and analyse preliminary findings of the technical and economic feasibility of chosen prototype use cases.
Findings from Flying High Phase I to be presented, along with the next steps for Phases 2 & 3