ICT Fund takes over Drones and Robots for Good competitions

TRA's ICT Fund appointed new organisers for UAE's drones, AI and robotics competitions

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ICT Fund takes over Drones and Robots for Good competitions The Drones for Good and AI & Robotics for good competitions aims to showcase the positive uses of these technologies. (ITP Images)
By  Mark Sutton Published  August 31, 2016

The UAE's ICT Fund has been appointed to organise and sponsor the Drones for Good and AI & Robotics for Good Awards programs.

The ICT Fund, the finance arm of the UAE Telecommunication Regulatory Authority, will organise the 2017 editions of the two competitions, which aim to identify local and international ideas for deploying drones, robots and AI for humanitarian purposes.

The competitions were previously organised by the Dubai Museum of the Future Foundation.

The Drones for Good and AI & Robotics for Good competitions are the richest such competitions in the world, with $1m prize money for each of the winners of the international competition, and AED1m for the local winners.

HE Hamad Obaid Al Mansoori, Director General, TRA said: "It is our honour that the ICT Fund was entrusted to organize these awards which were launched by H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, which shape the ideal employment of technology to serve humanity." Generating innovative concepts through awards and competitions and support for researchers in their projects is the ideal approach to promote technology's role in serving individuals and society, he noted.

Eng. Omar Mohammed AL Mahmoud, Acting CEO, ICT Fund, said: "The competitions gather global and local innovators in once place with the aim of adopting technology in the service of humanity." He added that the UAE is known worldwide for promoting such projects that will help others in solving human challenges.

We always prioritize the present human conditions and needs in all of its implemented and planned projects. As a hub for international prizes and competitions, the country can serve society and improve the quality of human life using technological advances such as drones and robots and use their capabilities to solve various issues, Al Mahmoud noted.

Applications for both competitions for 2017 are now open at the respective websites, www.roboticsforgood.ae and www.dronesforgood.ae.

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