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. The largest of its kind, the award currently stands at $1 million for the international competition and UAE Dhs1 million 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 a Swiss company with their search and rescue Gimball drone.[9]

The 2016 competition awarded Loon Copter's sea-hybrid UAV in February 2017.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "UAE Drones for Good Award: Wadi Drone makes conservationists' job easier". gulfnews.com. Retrieved 2015-05-24.
  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". www.prnewswire.com. Retrieved 11 February 2016.