The 2016 United Arab Emirates (UAE) Drones for Good Award is accepting online video and proposal submissions until Nov. 1, 2015. Initially developed in 2014, the award features a $1 million cash prize and is “dedicated to transforming these exciting technologies into practical solutions for improving people’s lives.”
The program’s overall goal is to find and develop drone/unmanned aircraft system (UAS) projects that will benefit the world as well as develop jobs and opportunities for the UAE.
“The award will help develop government services and encourage international talents to innovate and create ideas in partnership with high-level institutions and universities,” said Mohammed Al Gergawi, minister of Cabinet Affairs and chairman of the Organising Committee of The UAE Drones for Good Award. “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.”
Those interested in participating can register through the Award Web site along with submissions of their videos and proposals, which will be reviewed by a judging panel of global experts. Ten applicants from each category in the International and National competitions will be selected for the next round, which will be announced on Nov. 22, 2015.
The initial competition was won by the Swiss Flyability entry and its collision-resistant drone. For more information, visit www.dronesforgood.ae.