DXC 2020 Design. Develop. Demonstrate.

Drone X Challenge 2020

Krypto Labs, a global innovation hub with a unique ecosystem for funding ground-breaking startups, is announcing Drone X Challenge (DXC); a US$1.5 Million global challenge (US$1 Million Final Prize and US$500,000 in R&D Grants) that is pushing the frontiers of R&D and innovation in drone technologies.

DXC aims at accelerating the practical deployment of drones/UAVs in key applications focusing on transportation and delivery. DXC will support innovative solutions that tackle two major challenges: payload capacity and flight endurance.
Applications deadline is 10 January 2019

DXC 2020 is open to entrepreneurs, start-ups, R&Ds, university students and companies. The winner should offer an innovative, inventive, or disruptive product/service, which is agile, original, and has scalable commercial applications.

Drone X Challenge has two categories:

  1. Fixed Wing Drones
  2. Multi-Rotors Drones.


Points will be awarded based on the technical and commercial capabilities of the drones meeting or exceeding the Drone X Challenge requirements. Bonus points will be accredited to innovative commercial applications demonstrating:

  1. Advanced Control Systems
  2. State-of-the-Art Avionics
  3. Swift Maneuverability
  4. Scalability
  5. Fault Tolerance
  6. Autonomous Navigation


The overall challenge timeline is divided into 3 phases and a final event. During the challenge, teams will have to design, develop and demonstrate their drone systems according to the specifications of the chosen category.

  1. Phase I – Drone Design Proposal: teams should submit a technical proposal, detailing all the aspects of the drone design, and how the drone system can be used in an innovative commercial application.
  2. Phase II – Develop an MVP: teams should develop a drone based on the proposed design, capable of achieving the minimum payload and endurance requirements of the selected category, minimum viable product (MVP).
  3. Phase III – Demonstrate: teams should demonstrate the utilization of the developed drone in an innovative commercial application.


October 2, 2018

Applications open

January 10, 2019

Applications deadline

February 10, 2019

Announcement of R&D Grants’ winners for Phase I

July 2019

Announcement of R&D Grants’ winners for Phase II

February 2020

Final participating Teams Selection

Spring 2020

Final Day Event

Prize and Grants

The Final Winner Will Receive


R&D Grants During Phases I and II

Phase I: US$200,000 Incentive Grants
Phase II: US$300,000 Incentive Grants
Final event: US$1,000,000 for the Final Winner


The DXC 2020 challenge requires the participants to design and develop a drone within one of the categories listed in the Terms & Conditions and fly the drone to demonstrate the minimum required payload and endurance capabilities in an innovative commercial application.
It is required that drones must be designed and developed by the participating teams themselves, using commercially available or custom developed components. These drone systems should be developed with inherited safety and stability.
Teams should consist of at least 3 members with proven competence in designing and developing advanced drone systems.

Teams can submit up to 2 applications to the competition, but each application should target only one of the categories.


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