The UAE has become a global platform for the use of future technology for peaceful purposes and employing them in the service of humanity, stated His Excellency Mohammed Al Gergawi, Minister of Cabinet Affairs and Chairman of the Organising Committee of the UAE Drones for Good Award.
The vision of the Award is based on international reports that show that the value of drones market in the world will reach $16.1 billion by 2021, with a growth of 5.5% per annum, especially in the environment and logistics sectors. Drones have also been shown to have huge potential in urban planning 3D imaging technology in addition to areas such as disaster response and projects in various economic sectors such as oil & gas, electricity and construction.
The main categories of the award include, but are not limited to:
Environment, Education, Logistics, Transport, Construction & Infrastructure, Healthcare, Civil Defence, Tourism, Social Services, Economic Development, Humanitarian Aid & Disaster Relief.
The International Competition offers US$ 1 million in prize money while the National Competition offers AED 1 million.
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The prize for national winners is AED1 million. It's an incredibly competitive competition with lots of applicants. Previous solutions ranged from traffic control and smart oil-spill solutions to drones for rapid evacuation.
The 2017 edition of this competition, sponsored by Dubai Internet City, Samsung, Digi Robotics, and MakersBuilders, attracted over 1,000 contestants from 165 different countries and the 40 best local and international teams were shortlisted for the awards.
Student can subsidize this cost by finding funding for their project.
They need to be able to engineer drone-related products.
UAE Drones for Good is year-long competition organized by the United Arab Emirates.
In addition, the product the team's design has to be sophisticated and technically complex. Their team should spend weeks preparing, finding funding, practising pitches, and so on.