The 'Drones For Good' Contest Encourages Humanitarian Drone Innovation

By: Rahul Kalvapalle - Jan 30, 2015
References: dronesforgood.ae & gizmag
Drones For Good is a special initiative and competition, being championed by the government of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), that -- as its name suggests -- aims to explore drones' potential as instruments of social good. When you think drones, you probably think of innocent villagers in Pakistan or Afghanistan perishing as part of the 'collateral damage' brought about by strikes against militants. However, drones actually have a wide array of humanitarian applications, which this initiative seeks to encourage.

Drones For Good is encouraging competition entrants to submit drones with applications such as landmine detection, tree planting and slum servicing and compete for a $1 million prize.

Entrants will have to be able to demonstrate a functioning prototype capable of becoming a real-world solution in one to three years.