- Semi-finalists in International and National competitions vie for AED 4.67 million in prize money
- Successful semi-final entries from UAE, Canada, Australia, United States, United Kingdom Ethiopia, Greece, and the Philippines
- Projects offer innovative solutions in the fields of environment, education, logistics, transport, construction and infrastructure, health, civil defence, tourism, social services, economic development, and humanitarian aid
- Qualified teams selected from among 1,017 projects submitted from 165 countries around the world
The Organizing Committee of the UAE Drones for Good Award has announced that 20 contestants have qualified to the semi-finals stage at the National and International competitions of the award, which attracted entries from all parts of the world.
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).
Launched by the UAE Government during the second Government Summit in 2014, the UAE Drones for Good Award is aimed at making optimal use of technology to serve humanity and create happiness in the community.
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, especially since they were selected from 1,017 projects submitted from 165 countries from around the world.
He said that the second edition of the Award witnessed large number applications that displayed high levels of innovation and technological development, strengthening the international position of the Award globally to achieve its goal of using new technology to serve humanity.
Al Aleeli said the UAE Drones for Good Award has today become a global benchmark for applied innovations of drones in major sectors involving governments, organizations and individuals. It has encouraged the use of technology in a cost-effective manner as the scope of employing drones technologies in the area of government services continues to grow amid significant advancement in research and development.
Al Aleeli commended the participating national universities for their key role in the award and for coming up with the advance levels of projects compared to the first edition. Stressing the importance of exchanging knowledge between national and international teams to develop this sector, Al Aleeli invited the public to the Award event to enjoy the live performances during the semi-finals and finals competitions which will be held in Dubai Internet City from 4 to 6 February 2016.
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 the 'Other' category.