Call For Papers

2nd Annual Drones Africa Summit Conference, Johannesburg

Smart Link Consultancy is seeking industry professionals to contribute new ideas, solutions, and innovations for current issues and challenges that confront the UAV/Drone space. Our highest-rated presenters are people like you who have challenged conventional wisdom and/or are willing to share real lessons learned.

Conference attendees include these below portfolios:
  • Advertising Professionals
  • Archaeologists
  • Business Innovation Managers
  • Coast Guards
  • Chief Executives
  • Civil Aviation Authority Managers
  • Courier Services Managers
  • Drone Manufactures and Assembly Executives
  • Drone Pilots
  • Drone Training Experts
  • Editors & journalists
  • Farm Managers
  • Film Producers & Directors
  • Fire Chiefs
  • Geomatics Specialists
  • Health Services Providers
  • Innovation Managers
  • IT Managers
  • Land Surveyors
  • Mining Executives
  • Mining Operations Managers
  • Municipal Operations Managers
  • Operations Executives and Managers
  • Parks and Wildlife Managers
  • Police Officers
  • Real Estate Agents
  • Relief and Aid workers
  • University Students
  • Warehouse Managers
From the following Sectors:
  • Aviation and Aviation Regulatory Bodies: Airlines, Airports, Air Navigation Services, Civil Aviation Authorities
  • Construction: Developers & Builders, Construction Companies, Architectural Firms, Urban Planners, Building Inspection, Real Estate, Civil Infrastructure
  • Engineering: Maintenance and Safety
  • Emergency Services: Police, Civil Defence, Coast Guard, Fire and Safety, Rescue Teams, Ambulatory Services
  • Energy Sector: Oil and Gas, Power and Utilities, Mining
  • Government Organisations: Ministries, Provincial and Local Government Authorities, SOEs Authorities, Healthcare Authorities
  • Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
  • Research & Development: Universities, TVET Colleges, Drone Labs, Training Institutes and Researchers
  • Suppliers: Drone Manufacturers, Service Providers, and Parts Suppliers
  • Transportation: Roads and Transportation Authorities, Railways

Proposals will be judged on:

  1. Content

  • Are the ideas presented new and forward thinking?

  • Are the concepts introduced useful and practical?

  • Are learning objectives clearly defined?

  1. Format

  • Are there opportunities for experiential learning interaction among and between participants?

  • Is the scope appropriate to time limitations?

  • Is the instructional design dynamic?

  1. Presenter(s)

  • Is there a demonstrated knowledge of the subject matter?

  • Is there an indication of strong and creative presentation skills?

Smart Link Consultancy is especially interested in new and timely information on industry trends, techniques and best practices in the following areas:

  • Advances in Commercial UAV Applications

  • Aerial Data and Business Intelligence

  • Future Fleets

  • Use of Aerial Data for Mapping and GIS

  • Current UAS Capabilities and Emerging Use Applications

  • Drones in Construction, Aggregates & Mining

  • Counter-UAS (C-UAS) Solutions

  • Drones and the Power of Artificial Intelligence

  • Drones in Precision Agriculture

  • Drones and Public Safety

  • Drones and Blockchain

  • Sessions are 30 minutes in duration.

  • Sessions will be scheduled, Wednesday, October 17 and Thursday, October 18. Please do not submit a proposal unless you will be able to appear on any of the days.

  • Sales pitches for products or services disguised as proposals will not be accepted.

  • Session descriptions should be brief and align with content intended to be presented.

  • Smart Link Consultancy requests permission to rebroadcast speaker image, printed materials, and/or voice and video recording in connection with the 2018 Conference. Speakers maintain presentation content copyrights.

  • Working presentations outlines and/ or slide decks are subject to review. Presenters must use the approved Smart Link Consultancy format.

  • Panel discussions are most effective when limited to no more than 3 participants.

  • The deadline to submit proposals is 14:00pm CAT on August 31, 2018.

Please contact Themba at themba@smart-link.co.za  with any questions.

Submit your proposals to sam@smart-link.co.za .


Address: Office No.14, 87 Commissioner St, Johannesburg, 2000, South Africa
Phone: +27 11 434 0491 | Email: marketing@smart-link.co.za

2nd Annual
Drones Africa Summit