Next Generation Drones 2020

US$ 1.5 Million Prize Pool

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Registration Period
13 Dec 2019 - 29 Feb 2020
Saudi Arabia - Riyadh

About NGD

Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia is hosting NGD2020 (Next-Generation Drones), the largest world-class start-up competition for advanced UAS systems. Join 100+ drone start-ups founders in a dynamic gathering to present their innovations. Top 10 start-ups will win prizes of USD 1.5 Million.
NGD is an exhibition based competition where the contestants will show their drone solutions to the Judges and be scored based on the scoring criteria.

100+ startup companies

March 18-21, 2020

1.5M$ Prize Pool

International judges

NGD Prize Pool Breakdown

1st Place

US$ 600,000 (US$ 200,000 for each category)

2nd Place

US$ 300,000 (US$ 100,000 for each category)

3rd Place

US$ 150,000 (US$ 50,000 for each category)

4th-10th Place

US$ 75,000 (US$ 25,000 for each category)

NGD Judges

Michael de Lagarde

Co-Founder & CEO

Michael Mazur

Global Head
PwC Drone Powered Solutions

Jeremiah Karpowicz

Executive Editor
Commercial UAV News

Marcel Kaegi

Manager of Innovation and Digitalization Unit
Federal Office of Civil Aviation Switzerland

Registration Timeline

Fri, 13 Dec 2019

Registration Opens

Sat, 29 Feb 2020

Registration Closes

NGD Timeline

Wed, 18 Mar 2020

Day 1

Judges and teams arrival

Thu, 19 Mar 2020

05:00 - 10:00 PM

Day 2

Startups Competition

Fri, 20 Mar 2020

07:00 - 11:00 PM

Day 3

Closing Ceremony

Sat, 21 Mar 2020

9 : 00 pm - 10 : 00 pm

Day 4

Departure from KSA

NGD Categories


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Competition terms and conditions of the competition can be found here


What is the NGD?
Next-Generation Drones event, Startup gathering to showcase the latest drone technologies worldwide and compete to win the big prizes.
Does NGD includes a drones race?
No, It’s a competition depends on showcasing the newest and the best technology for drones.
What are the benefits of participating at NGD?
Networking with startups from all over the world working on the same field, investment opportunities with large companies and marketing your products in the newest emerging market in the region
Is there any specifications for participated products?
Yes, several criteria have been listed here
Do I need a visa to visit Saudi Arabia
Yes, you can apply for Saudi visa from here
What about participants flights and accommodation in Riyadh?
Flights, accommodation and transportation will be arranged for all participants.

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Registration Period
13 Dec 2019 - 29 Feb 2020

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