In the game of drones, you either fly or fall…

India is in the middle of defining its regulatory framework for drones. Indeed, it’s the perfect time to take a closer look at the global trends.

In keeping with our mission to enable co-creation of technologies and solutions that shape the future, swissnex India is keen on engaging the Swiss and Indian players in the drone industry. Switzerland is one of the leading nations in drone technology, owning an ecosystem that is equally appealing to startups, corporates and the research communities.

We’re bring the key players from the drone ecosystem in Switzerland and India to explore synergies and share best practices in the three most important aspects of the drone industry…

Find the answers to the most pertinent questions:

  • What are the skills of tomorrow? How do we make academia future-ready?
  • What’s the future of drone technology? What are the sectors that could radically benefit from it?
  • How do regulations impact the pace of growth of drone-based solutions? How could the policy makers unlock the full potential of these solutions?

… and hear from the experts what could possibly shape the Indian drone market that’s poised to grow to $885 million by 2021.


Anshul Sharma is the Co-founder & CEO of Redwing Aerospace Laboratories. Redwing Aerospace Laboratories is an aerial robotics startup focusing on logistics, defence and enterprise solutions. The founders of Redwing Aerospace Laboratories are one of the most awarded aerospace engineers in the country with awards from NASA, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Airbus, NTU Singapore and MIT Massachusetts. Anshul has been aiming at Building revolutionary products for global healthcare problems.
Anshul Sharma
Ankit Mehta is the Co-founder and CEO of ideaForge Technology, a next generation drone systems company that manufactures advanced Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) for Defence and Geospatial applications. Ankit joined IIT Bombay in the year 2000, to pursue a Dual Degree (B.Tech. and M.Tech.) in Mechanical Engineering, specializing in Computer Aided Design and Automation. Ankit founded ideaForge straight out of college in 2007. Ankit is currently playing a prominent role in defining & standardizing the UAV regulations in India, providing neutral policy suggestions to positively impact the entire industry. He was listed as one of the top 35 entrepreneurs under the age of 35 in India and on a separate occasion, was invited along with 200 other CEOs, to discuss the future growth of India, with the Honorable Prime Minister of India, Mr. Narendra Modi.
Ankit Mehta
Co-Founder and CEO / ideaForge
Simon Johnson mentors and invests in Swiss tech start-ups and an advisor to the Swiss National Centre for Robotics. A serial entrepreneur, Simon left his sales and marketing job at Hewlett-Packard to create a satellite positioning, navigation and tracking systems company. He then co-founded and was CEO of a Softbank funded company, which provided the first premium content on mobile phones for companies including Yahoo! and Microsoft. Simon produced and presented a primetime Swiss television program showcasing technologies that will change our daily lives. His latest venture, OpenStratosphere, is about stratospheric solar powered unmanned vehicles that will end the dominance of satellites! Simon is also consulting for the World Bank on its future mobility project Lake Victoria Challenge, Senior Advisor of Alpana Ventures and Vice-President of the Drone Industry Association Switzerland DIAS.
Simon Johnson
VP of Drone Industry Association Switzerland / Co-founder & CEO of OpenStratosphere
Nicola Kyburz, co-founder of Linda (Line inspection with Drone Automation), is experienced in banking and finance, startup advisory, contract negotiations, consulting in energy business, law, etc. An operator of autonomous long endurance drones, Linda is equipped with laser scanner, cameras and more, to provide digitalized intelligence through data of critical infrastructure like power lines, acquired by powerful multi sensors.
Nicola Kyburz
Co-Founder, CFO / Linda
From a Master of Engineering achieved between EPFL and Caltech (California Institute of Technology), Mélanie previously worked as a project manager and industry liaison, with a wide expertise in IT and Energy projects. With a wide network in various industries across Switzerland, Europe and the world, including in the aviation world, she currently leads the development of the network, partnerships and collaborations at INVOLI.
Melanie Guittet
Co-Founder, Business Development / Involi
Raghav Khanna did his Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Kanpur and his Masters at ETH Zurich where he was awarded the ETH Medal for building a novel thermal energy storage for solar power during his masters thesis. He is currently a graduate student at the Autonomous Systems Lab under the guidance of Professor Roland Siegwart where he works on using autonomous aerial vehicles and data analysis to map farms and help farmers produce more and better quality crops with less chemical input, as part of the Flourish European Project.
Raghav Khanna



6:00 p – Welcome by swissnex India, NUMA and Huviair
6:15 pm – Inside the drone ecosystem of Switzerland and India – Simon Johnson DIAS and Ankit Mehta Ideaforge
6:30 pm – How drone startups take flight – Melanie Guittet Involi, Nicola Kyburz and Mughilan T R Skylark
6:45 pm – Skilling of tomorrow – bridging the gap in academia: Raghav Khanna ETH
7:00 pm – Thematic brainstorming
7:30 pm – Closing & Networking dinner