UAE Drones for Good is an annual international competition and award by the government of the United Arab Emirates to encourage useful and positive applications for drone technology. The largest of its kind, the award currently stands at $1 million for the international competition and UAE Dhs1 million for the UAE competition.
The award was launched at the UAE Government Summit 2014 and the first 2015 award – contested by more than 800 entries from 57 countries – was won by Swiss company Flyability on 7 February 2015. Applications proposed included MIT’s ‘Waterfly’ collaborative drone ‘swarms’, as well as applications in search and rescue, civil defence and conservation.
The ‘UAE Drones for Good Award’ aims to encourage innovation in the civilian application of drones technology and promote the development of legal frameworks in this area. The award will not only honour the achievements in drones technology but also inspire creative minds to follow the path of innovation to serve humanity.
The main categories of the award include, but are not limited to: Environment, Education, Logistics, Transport, Construction & Infrastructure, Healthcare, Civil Defense, Tourism, Social Services, Economic Development, Humanitarian Aid & Disaster Relief.
- Be able to demonstrate a working prototype for the final stage of the competition.
- Reflect a genuine service or present a solution to a real human need.
- Suggest new ways of improving an existing service using drones, or new kinds of services that could be practically and economically implemented through these technologies.
- Be semi-autonomous or fully autonomous.
- Be innovative, futuristic and use the most advanced civilian technology available.
- Be safe, effective and economical.
Applicants must be able to demonstrate a working prototype for the final stage of the competition, offering a genuine service or solution to a real human need. They should suggest new ways of improving an existing service using drones, or offer new kinds of services that could be implemented practically and economically through these technologies. In addition, the projects should be semi – or fully autonomous, as well innovative, futuristic and use the most advanced civilian technology available. They should also be safe, effective and economical.
Individuals, teams, universities and companies are eligible to participate in both the National and International competitions. UAE citizens and residents may choose to participate in either the National Competition or the International Competition, while contestants who are not UAE citizens or residents are eligible to participate only in the International Competition.