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Release 13.08.2019

First ever drone and UAV innovation contest to accelerate the global drone industry

The use of remotely controlled aircraft, UAV or drones, in various sectors of industry and business, as well as in support of social activities, is advancing. In an unprecedentedly wide drone competition, new players are attracted to the industry, pursuing innovations and presenting the potential of drones.

 - According to the latest market research, the global drone service market is estimated to increase at least tenfold over the next five years from the current approximately four billion euros. Drones are revolutionizing trade, logistics, agriculture and forestry as well as research and security, says Ultrahack CEO Mikko Järvilehto.

Approximately 50 teams around the world are expected to compete in the Drone Olympics 2019 competition, some of which will focus on solving drone tasks and others on software development. Ultrahack, who is responsible for organizing the event, has already raised the topic by organizing the Aurora Arctic Drone Hackathon, the world's first drone in Arctic innovation competition, in 2017.

 - We believe that such competition will be a great tool for developing new solutions, and an open-minded Finnish innovation ecosystem provides an excellent framework for it, says Järvilehto.

The competition will start at the current ongoing application and pre-competition stage and will culminate in the final event in Uusimaa region in southern Finland, from 2nd till 5th of September.

Real-world challenges for drones

 - There are eight series in the competition with their own partners, award criteria and judges, says Järvilehto. With the variation between drone flight, experimental technology and innovation missions, there is something for every drone enthusiast.

Business Finland is one of the Drone Olympics partners.

Check out the challenges and competition at


More about the competition:

Mikko Järvilehto (CEO)
mikko.jarvilehto (at)