Delft, The Netherlands — The winners of DroneClash, the world’s first counter-drone race and real live video game, to be held on 13 February in the Netherlands, will earn over EUR 50.000 of prize money. During this competition participants use their own drone(s) to take down as many other drones as possible. They also need to avoid a whole series of anti-drone interventions. Teams who wish to take part in the competition are invited to register before 15 November 2017.
The best team that wins DroneClash will receive €30.000,- .
The second team will receive €5.000,- and the third team will receive €2.500,-.
Furthermore, there will be bonus prizes for:
1. The autonomous team award: €5.000.
2. The innovative team award: €5.000.
3. The best pilot award: €2.500.
We’ve received feedback from teams that are considering to participate that it sometimes proves difficult to allocate budget. On the other hand, interest from all kinds of organizations is overwhelming. If you are interested but have trouble finding financing, we may be able to point at some interested parties. Contact us!
On 13 February, participating teams will gather in one of Valkenburg airfield’s hangars (the Netherlands). Four teams will compete in each round. Each team has one or more ‘Fighter drones’ which they can use to take down other drones, and a so-called ‘Queen drone’ which they need to defend. The teams and audience can experience the competition as a sort of real life video game.
The teams start in the Battle 1st Arena, where they have to start trying to take each other down right away. The surviving drones fly through the Hallway of Doom Death and Destruction, where they will be attacked by all kinds of anti-drone instruments. Finally, the remaining drones enter the 3 Queen Palace where they must try and knock out the Queen drones of the other teams. Whoever succeeds in this is the winner.
A real problem
DroneClash is a competition that is fun, but at the same time sets out to help manage the real world problem of nefarious drones in society. Drone development has grown hugely in recent years, and the anti-drone industry is growing with it. Ideally, these developments keep each other in check and result in a safe and responsible incorporation of drones in our daily lives. Delft University of Technology’s Micro Air Vehicle Lab (MAVLab) in cooperation with the Dutch National Police and the Ministry of Security and Justice are organising DroneClash to generate new ideas in order to encourage this process.
Taking down a drone sounds easy, but in reality it is a largely unsolved problem. Especially if the end goal is to do so safely, even with people on the ground below. As it stands, the counter drone business is not there yet. But during DroneClash, some of the currently available counter-drones measures will be tested out. DroneClash recently announced the first two counter-measures http://www.droneclash.nl/the-first-two-counter-measures/ that will be deployed during the competition, namely light and entanglement.
This summer, DroneClash announced a new partnership with Robo Business Media, the organizing company of RoboBusiness and TUS Expo (13-15 February 2018), the premier robotics and unmanned systems events in Europe. The day before the actual TUS Expo trade show and conference, DroneClash and TUS Expo will have a joint day of TUS Expo outdoor demo’s and the DroneClash event. DroneClash itself consists of an indoor competition, a counter-drone and security Expo, and security-related demos. We are inviting organisations related to the DroneClash mission to do an outdoor demo and hire a booth at the competition hangar. The competition itself will be visible from the booths.
Date: Tuesday 13 February 2018
Location: Valkenburg airport (Katwijk, The Netherlands, 52.175558,4.415721)
For more information and to register: www.droneclash.nl/teams
YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/droneclash
Website of MAVLab TU Delft: http://mavlab.tudelft.nl
Website of TUS Expo: https://tusexpo.com/