The event which happened on Monday, 17th June 2019 at Futurise, Cyberjaya featured over 40 exhibitors comprising of drone services companies, drone makers and human capacity development consultants. MyDroneX was kicked off with a forum entitled, “The Global Drone Race” which looked into the globalization, sustainability and disruptions of the international drone industry.
The forum opened with a warm introduction by Kamarul Bahrin Haron, Deputy Editor-in-Chief of Astro Awani, who said that new Malaysia needs new technology and MyDroneX is significant as it paves the way for the future. The free conference was open to the public and members of the audience included industry players, hobbyists, students and professionals from various industries that are adopting this technology.
Sharing his knowledge and insight on the matter was Yang Junwei, the World Economic Forum (WEF) Project Lead of Drones and Tomorrow’s Airspace. Yang states that drones, as well as Artificial Intelligence (AI) and precision medicine, are all part of what many deem as the fourth industrial revolution which is transforming society and the world economy at an unprecedented speed. When asked about his opinion on how to overcome the clash between drone production and its regulations, he said that the traditional regulatory framework over the past hundreds of years is outdated and stakeholders from different industries need to work hand in hand in to create an ecosystem that can benefit everyone.
Kamarul Mohamed adds, “Drones will improve the quality of life. Immediately, humans will no longer be needed to do mundane, boring, dangerous jobs. AI will free humans to do more meaningful things.” Kamarul is the founder and CEO of Aerodyne Group, one of the top five companies that rule the global drone industry. Aerodyne has teamed up with the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) in order to maximize public exposure of the uses and advantages of DroneTech. Gopi Ganesalingam, the Vice President of MDEC’s Enterprise Development Unit, shares that they are working closely with institutions like public schools and universities to cultivate talents that can contribute to the industry.
The panel also discussed the challenges and risks that comes with rapid development. Susanne Schödel, Secretary General of Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) believes that a shift in people’s mindset on drones is necessary and she is hopeful that society will be able to embrace change but policymakers need to proactively act faster to ensure that drones will not prove to be a risk or threat to the public.
Although different parts of the world seem to be adopting DroneTech at different paces, clearly the same issues apply and The Global Drone Race panelists have done a successful job at painting a picture of the global drone landscape to the public. MyDroneX has created an accessible platform for anyone to engage with DroneTech community locally and internationally.