The United Arab Emirates, an Arabian Peninsula nation along the Persian Gulf, wants to become the global hub of non-military drones technologies. To do so, the Organising Committee of the UAE Drones for Good Award will be giving away $1 million (USD), again. That right, in Dubai, on June 14th, the Organising Committee announced the the second edition of this award. Individuals, teams, schools and companies from around the world are encouraged to submit entries.
The Organising Committee of the second edition of the US$ 1 million ‘UAE Drones for Good Award’ has announced that it will start accepting entries for the award from Monday June, 15. The award, which is open to individuals, teams, universities and companies from around the world, also offers AED 1 million for the winner at the national level. The winners will be honoured at a special ceremony in February 2016 before the fourth Government Summit.
On this occasion, HE Mohammed Al Gergawi, Minister of Cabinet Affairs and Chairman of the Organising Committee of ‘The UAE Drones for Good Award’, said, “Under the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, the UAE aims to become the global hub of civilian application of drones technology. The award will help develop government services and encourage international talents to innovate and create ideas in partnership with high-level institutions and universities. Through this award, the UAE is offering the opportunity for entrepreneurs and incubators to invest in this area which is set to emerge as a multi-billion dollar sector in the coming years.”
Submissions categories for this award include,but are not limited to:
- Civil Defense
- Construction & Infrastructure
- Economic Development
- Humanitarian Aid & Disaster Relief
- Social Services
Submissions for the International and National competitions are open until November 1st, 2015. Registrations can be completed through the Award website, along with submissions of videos and proposals. A panel of global experts will identify the top 10 applicants in each category, which will be named the semi-finalists. Semi-finalists will be named on November 22, 2015.
The semi-finalists will be brought to Dubai to present a working prototype and give a live demonstration of their ideas in front of the panel of judges, which includes high-profile experts and specialists in drones technologies. The members of the panel of judges will be announced at a later date.
If you’ve always wanted to visit Dubai, then get your submissions in.
The award was created by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum during the second Government Summit in February 2014. The first edition attracted over 800 participants from 57 countries.
The ‘UAE Drones for Good Award’ was launched by , in line with the vision of His Highness to employ civilian applications of drones technology for improving people’s lives. “A collision resistant drone by Swiss team Flyability won the US$1 million prize in the International Competition while Wadi Drones by Matt Karau received the AED 1 million prize in the National Competition.”
The UAE Drones for Good Trailer
For more information about the UAE Drones for Good Award, you can visit: www.dronesforgood.ae.