UAE Drones for Good

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UAE Drones for Good is an annual international competition and award by the government of the United Arab Emirates to encourage useful and positive applications for drone technology. It offers a $1 million award for the international competition and UAE Dhs1 million award for the UAE competition.[1]

The award was launched at the UAE Government Summit 2014.[2] The first 2015 award was contested by more than 800 entries from 57 countries including MIT's 'Waterfly' collaborative drone 'swarms'.[3][4] The finalists included Spanish company CATUAV for a drone fitted with optical sensors to scan war-affected regions of Bosnia and Herzegovina for landmines buried during the 1990s.[5][6][7][8] The eventual winner was Swiss group Flyability with a search and rescue Gimball drone.[9] The 2016 competition awarded Loon Copter's sea-hybrid UAV in February 2017.[10]


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  2. ^ "Drones for Good: UAE Honors Peaceful-Purpose Innovators". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 2015-05-24.
  3. ^ "MIT's entry in Dubai's 'Drones For Good' contest is a drone swarm that can land on water". Retrieved 2015-05-24.
  4. ^ Leon, Pamella. "Drones For Good Gives UAVs A Reputation Overhaul". Retrieved 2015-05-24.
  5. ^ Lavars, Nick. "Imaging drones to spot signs of explosive chemicals leaking from landmines". New Atlas. Retrieved 20 December 2016.
  6. ^ Wasmi, Naser Al. "UAE entrants offer positive alternatives uses for drones in competition". The National. Retrieved 20 December 2016.
  7. ^ Adams, Derek. "Drones for Good awards to give $1 million to UAVs that do things other than killing and spying". T3. Retrieved 20 December 2016.
  8. ^ Kennedy, David. "How these drones for disaster relief and eliminating landmines are aiming to rebrand the controversial technology". Financial Post. Retrieved 20 December 2016.
  9. ^ "Swiss search-and-rescue drone wins UAE competition | The National". Retrieved 2015-05-24.
  10. ^ Foundation, Dubai Museum of the Future. "US$ 2 Million 'UAE Drones for Good Award' and 'UAE AI & Robotics Award for Good' Declare Winners". Retrieved 11 February 2016.