Semi-finalists selected for Drones for Good Award

Innovative drone solutions to take part in finals in Dubai next month

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Semi-finalists selected for Drones for Good Award The Drones for Good Awards have attracted a high level of contestants, says Saif Al Aleeli.
By  Mark Sutton Published  January 14, 2016

The UAE Drones for Good Award committee have selected the 20 semi-finalists who will compete in semi-finals and finals of the competition.

The competitors have been selected from 1,017 projects submitted from 165 countries from around the world, and will now participate in the finals event, being held in Dubai Internet City from 4-6th February.

Semi-finalist entries in the international competition include drone solutions for emergency communications, solutions for inspection and control of insect infestations, drones that are capable of operating at night, in confined spaces and both in the air and underwater, drones to support blind athletes and drones for environmental monitoring.

National semi-finalists include drone solutions for emergency recovery, systems that will inspect solar panels, aircraft for maintenance and water pollution, marine surveillance drones for ships and drones to conduct coral reef data collection, drones for the education sector, drones running on renewable energy sources and systems that can conduct aerial construction and repair and that can carry out 3D mapping of construction sites.

The UAE Drones for Good Award is the biggest award of its kind, offering a total prize money of AED 4.67 million (US$1 million for International Competition and AED 1 million for National Competition).

Saif Al Aleeli, Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Museum of the Future Foundation and Coordinator General of the UAE Drones for Good Award, said the qualification of these innovative projects to the semi-finals stage highlighted their advanced approach to addressing the challenges faced in different sectors. He also noted that the contestants in this the second edition of the competition showed an advanced level of projects compared to the first edition.

The successful entries to the semi-final stage of the second UAE Drones for Good Award have come from a range of countries, including the UAE, Canada, Australia, United States, United Kingdom Ethiopia, Greece, and the Philippines.

The largest number of successful entries is in the Environment category with four semi-finalists, followed by Health and Humanitarian Aid sectors with three each. Transport and Construction sectors have two semi-finalists each, while Economy, Civil Defence, Education and Logistics sectors have one each. Two semi-final entries have been received in other category.

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