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Six enter final round of UAE Drones for Good Award
February 05, 2016
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DUBAI: The UAE Drones for Good Award announced that three contestants, each from the international and national competitions of the award, qualified to the final round of the award. On Thursday, 20 semi-finalists demonstrated their projects live in front of a panel of high profile international judges at a specially organised event in Dubai Internet City.

The award, launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, aims to employ civilian applications of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) technology for improving people’s lives.

The three finalists in the international competition are Loon Copter’s multi-rotor drone (USA), 4Front Robotics’ USAR Robot drones (Canada), and SenseLab’s SaveME drone (Greece).

The three finalists in the national competition are Buildrone’s construction and repair aerial robot drone, ReefRover’s drone for studying underwater ecosystems; and FlyLab’s drone aimed at the education sector.

Speaking on the occasion, Saif Al Aleeli, chief executive officer of Dubai Museum of the Future Foundation and Coordinator General of the UAE Drones for Good Award, said: “Innovation is a key factor in building the future and using technology in the service of humanity, especially considering the increasing demand for efficient services in various sectors. The second UAE Drones for Good Award has become a major platform to host global innovators and launch the latest technological projects and innovations that offer services to improve the lives of human beings, and find solutions to some of the most critical issues facing the world today.”

Al Aleeli added: “The drones sector is certainly in its early stages but we are confident that it will evolve in the coming years as a major contributor to the world economy.”

The finals of the second edition of the biggest award in civilian application of drone technology will be held on February 6, at the same venue in Dubai Internet City with the winners getting to take home US$1 million in prize money in the international Competition and Dhs1 million in the national competition.

The UAE Drones for Good Award received more than 1,000 projects from 165 countries from around the world, displaying high levels of innovation and technological development, strengthening the international position of the Award to utilize new technology to serve humanity.


Furthermore, the UAE Drones for Good Award and UAE AI & Robotics Award for Good organised, during the awards event, a series of workshops by The Assembly, a smart lab initiative based in Dubai, to stimulate interest and encourage innovative solutions in drones and robotics technologies sector among undergraduate students from about 25 universities in the UAE.

Al Aleeli said: “As a leading centre for innovation, the UAE offers the most effective platforms to employ the best practices in drones and robotics technology to improve the life of people. The workshops by The Assembly will contribute to the exchange of experiences and knowledge in these sectors and help enhance awareness about their importance in the efficient delivery of services in the coming years.”

The workshops will be led by experts in the field, including Danny Munnerley, Manager of innovation and Development in Learning at the Higher Colleges of Technology; David Gallacher, Assistant Professor in the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies at Zayed University; Dr. Abdulla Ismail, Professor of Electrical Engineering and Assistant to the President at the Rochester Institute of Technology, Dubai; and Prashant PK Gulati, the founder of The Assembly.

During the three days of the award event, six workshops will be held - two per day, each accommodating up to 25 students. The workshops on the first day are focused on drones technology while the second day discussions will tackle the robotics sector.

“We are happy to be part of such distinguished and high-profile international events as the UAE Drones for Good Award and the UAE AI & Robotics Award for Good, which represent the UAE’s futuristic vision to apply next generation technologies for the good of humanity. The interactive workshops will get the young students connected to what is happening at the awards event and introduce them to the latest techniques in drones and robotics. These workshops will provide young minds the opportunities to develop their own approaches for the use of these technologies to improve quality of life,” said Prashant PK Gulati, founder of The Assembly.


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