Wingcopter has taken home the prize for best emergency delivery category at the Lake Kivu Challenge, sponsored by the World Bank.
The decision means a £65,000 prize for Wingcopter, who also won an award for its safety measures.
The flying competition was part of the 2020 African Drone Forum which took place in Rwanda in February, a first of its kind on the continent, and was hosted by the Rwandan Government.
The forum aimed at showcasing the advances in autonomous drone delivery that can make a significant difference for isolated communities and rural areas across Africa.
Meanwhile, the challenge received 92 applications from 35 countries, but only the top ten drone companies were invited to put their drones and operators through real-life scenarios at Lake Kivu in Western Rwanda.
“We are very proud to be winners of the Lake Kivu Challenge,” commented Tom Plümmer, CEO and co-founder of Wingcopter, “as this challenge and the African Drone Forum embody the innovative spirit of humanitarian aid and the African drone community as well as the great potential for sustainable drone deployments.
“We strongly believe that Wingcopter drones can leapfrog existing infrastructure by delivering significant social and economic value in Africa and beyond.”