After attracting more than 800 submissions from 57 countries in its first edition, the UAE Drones for Good Award, which offers a top prize of $1 million, is launching once again.
The competition, which is open to individuals, teams, universities and companies from around the world, aims to encourage innovation in the civilian application of drones and promote the development of legal frameworks for their operations.
The UAE Drones for Good Award was launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice president and prime minister of the United Arab Emirates and ruler of Dubai, in February 2014.
A collision-resistant drone by Swiss team Flyability won the $1 million prize in the international competition, and Wadi Drones by Matt Karau received the AED 1 million (roughly $272,000) prize in the national competition.
The main categories of the award include but are not limited to the following: environment, education, logistics, transport, construction and infrastructure, healthcare, civil defense, tourism, social services, economic development, and humanitarian aid and disaster relief.
Submissions will be accepted until Nov. 1. Applicants are required to suggest new ways of improving an existing service using drones or offer new services that could be implemented through these technologies. In addition, the projects should be semi- or fully autonomous and use the most advanced civilian technology available. They should also be safe and economical.
More information on the UAE Drones for Good Award can be found here.