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Twenty innovators shortlisted for UAE Drones for Good Award

Semi-finalists to demonstrate their ideas to make best use of drone technology at Dubai event in February

Twenty innovators shortlisted for UAE Drones for Good Award

The Organising Committee of the UAE Drones for Good Award has announced that 20 contestants have qualified for the semi-finals stage of the competition, which attracted entries from all over the world.

The UAE Drones for Good Award is the biggest award of its kind, offering a total prize money of AED4.67 million ($1 million) for international competitors and AED1 million for UAE competitors.

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, CEO of Dubai Museum of the Future Foundation and coordinator general of the UAE Drones for Good Award, said 1,017 projects were submitted from 165 countries.

He said that the second edition of the award witnessed large number applications that displayed high levels of innovation and technological development.

Live performances for the semi-finals and finals will be held in Dubai Internet City from February 4-6.

The successful entries to the semi-final stage of the second UAE Drones for Good Award have come from 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 with three each. Transport and construction sectors have two semi-finalists while economy, civil defence, education and logistics sectors have one each.

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