DJI-Sponsored AUVSI XCELLENCE Humanitarian Award Finalists Announced

The Association for Unmanned Vehicles Systems International (AUVSI) today named eight finalists from the unmanned systems community for the first AUVSI XCELLENCE Humanitarian Award, sponsored by DJI, the world’s leader in civilian drones and aerial imaging technology.

The AUVSI XCELLENCE Humanitarian Award will recognize five organizations and/or individuals that have made a significant impact using unmanned systems to serve in humanitarian or philanthropic efforts. Recipients of the Humanitarian Award will receive a $25,000 donation divided among their organizations. The eight finalists demonstrated groundbreaking efforts to improve lives by using drones for disaster management, medical assistance, and search and rescue.

“UAVs are playing a vital role in humanitarian operations around the world—from Chile to Tanzania, to China and Australia—as demonstrated by the submissions we’ve seen from this inaugural program,” said Michael Perry, Managing Director of North America at DJI. “In addition to recognizing those that have made great contributions to their communities and the environment, this opportunity helped uncover some new innovative applications in how UAVs are being used to serve humanitarian and lifesaving purposes. We thank the judges who undertook the great challenge of selecting the eight finalists from a pool of remarkable submissions, and we hope this inspires more users to accomplish great feats with this valuable technology.”

The Humanitarian Award winners will be announced at a ceremony on Thursday, May 3, during AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2018 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver. The finalists are:

  • Aeryon Labs Inc.Aeryon SkyRanger UAS Provides Critical Aerial Intelligence to First Responders in Sint Maarten in the Wake of Hurricane Irma (Canada)
  • AnsuR TechnologiesGEO-VISION – Integrating Drones for Situational Awareness in Disaster Management (Sweden)
  • ONG DroneSAR Chile, Emergency Response Team and Humanitarian Aid Through the Use of Drones (Chile)
  • DroneSARDroneSAR UAV Search & Rescue (SAR) Solution – Executing Autonomous Aerial Search and Delivering Live Drone Data to Augment First Response Efforts (Ireland)
  • Gene Robinson, Wimberley Fire Rescue“First to Respond” Bringing UAS to Search and Rescue 2005 – 2018 (US)
  • Nepal Flying LabDrone Hazard & Vulnerability Mapping in Nepal (Nepal)
  • WeRoboticsDrones for Disease Vector Control (Switzerland)
  • Zipline InternationalZipline’s Medical Drone Delivery Operation in Rwanda (Rwanda)

“The unmanned systems industry is innovating at an incredible rate and creating tremendous benefits for our economy, lifestyle and society,” said Brian Wynne, president and CEO of AUVSI. “The XCELLENCE awards give us a chance to recognize the companies and individuals who are propelling the industry into the future.”

As the unmanned systems industry’s largest trade show and conference, XPONENTIAL offers a broad-based and balanced educational program brimming with cutting-edge content and inspirational insights, ranging from policy implications and technical challenges to use cases and best practices across vertical markets and everything in between.

The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) — the world’s largest non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of unmanned systems and robotics — represents corporations and professionals from more than 60 countries involved in industry, government and academia. AUVSI members work in the defense, civil and commercial markets.

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