12th of March, 2019.

Race of Drones Oulu brings the first international drone World Cup of 2019 to the Arctic zone of Finland. ROD takes place in Oulu – the Capital of Northern Scandinavia – on the 12th of March 2019.

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What is drone racing?

A race for competitive drone pilots. Drone racing is one of the fastest growing sports in the world. The pilots guide the drones with remote controls by watching the route on their FPV virtual reality goggles – making it feel like they were actually flying. Excitement and speed is guaranteed – racing drones reach speeds of 200 kilometres per hour!

The race is arranged in collaboration with the Finnish drone union FPV Finland and as a part of FAI Drone Racing World Cup events.

Not a competitor? Don’t worry. Everyone is welcome into the audience, free of charge.

Welcome to Oulu!

Race of Drones Oulu takes place in the Capital of Northern Scandinavia. Oulu is best known as a smart technology city – and the 5G hub of Finland. There are more than 25k university students in Oulu and it is one of the youngest cities in Europe!

More specifically, the event is located in Ouluhalli, a multi-purpose sports arena that accommodates thousands of people. The address is Ouluhallintie 20, 90130 Oulu.


Scandic Oulu Station

Radisson Blu Hotel Oulu

Lapland Hotel Oulu

Scandic Oulu City

Nallikari Lomakylä

Break Sokos Hotel Eden Oulu

Original Sokos Hotel Arina Oulu

When is the race?

On the 12th of March 2019. The race goes on from 11 am until 6 pm. There are lots of interesting side activities going on for the duration of the day – both drone-related and other cool stuff.

It is a great time to come to Oulu since there are plenty of unique events happening on the same week. The crazy Polar Bear Pitching event for daring startups also takes place on the 12–13th of March and the Oulu Music Festival offers a selection of rare events for game music enthusiasts, for example. Take a look at other see and do’s of Oulu: https://visitoulu.fi/en/see-do/.

11:00 am

Doors open for the audience. First round is about to start.

4:15 pm

Elimination. Let’s see who’s got it for the final.

5:35 pm

The final is here. Now things are getting exciting.

5:50 pm

Award ceremony. Let’s applaud the winner.

Sign up is closed

Unfortunately the sign up is closed since we have all our 40 pilots registered. Thank you for your interest!

Contact person for pilots: aprepo@fpvfinland.fi.

Rules for pilots: Download PDF


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Contact and interviews:

Marko Pyhähuhta, Media Relations, BusinessOulu
Phone number +358 40 661 7818
E-mail marko.pyhahuhta@businessoulu.com

Auli Kangas, Project Manager, BusinessOulu
Phone number +358 44 703 1389
E-mail auli.m.kangas@businessoulu.com

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What a race! We had an audience of more than 1400 people. Explore the atmosphere!

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Thrilling snapshot of the event made by Saha Prod

Event Partners

This event is made possible by these companies:

Are you interested in partnership? Please contact:

Auli Kangas
+358 44 703 1389