Sat 18-02-2017 23:56 PM
DUBAI, 18th February, 2017 (WAM)--H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council, honoured on Saturday afternoon, the winners of UAE Drones for Good Award and UAE AI/ Robotics Award for Good.
A total of 40 projects were shortlisted for both the awards, 20 from inside the country, including 10 for UAE Drones Award and 10 for UAE AI/ Robotics Award for Good. The finalists were selected from 1,017 entries from 165 countries.
Sheikh Hamdan was briefed on a number of hi tech projects presented by the participating teams, who provide practical and innovative solutions in economy, humanitarian and scientific research areas.
A low weight communication equipment project developed by Nokia won the UAE Drones for Good Award in the international category, while Sanad Academy project won the award in the national category in Dubai.
The international project, ‘Seven Lives’, carried a prize money of $1 million while the national category winner Sanad Academy was handed AED1 million prize money. The Sanad Academy project is based on the idea of inventing a drone that can locate drowning victims and offer assistance immediately.
The award, in its second year as part of the 3rd UAE Drones for Good Award, the UAE AI/Robotics for Good Award aims to support innovation in the key area of artificial intelligence and robotics focusing on their practical use for society’s greater good in areas such as health, education and social services. It is organised by the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Fund.
AI/Robotics award Sheikh Hamdan also honoured a project by the Open Bionics team which won the UAE AI/Robotics for Good Award under the international category while the "In-pipe inspection" robot won under the national category. The In-pipe inspection robot can navigate inside oil and pipelines to detect leaks that need repair so they don’t damage their surrounding environment. The robot enables highly accurate localisation.
The honouring ceremony was attended by Mohammad bin Abdullah Al Gergawi, Minister of Cabinet Affairs and the Future; Sultan Bin Saeed Al Mansouri, Minister of Economy; Lt-General Dahi Khalfan Tamim, Deputy Chief of Police and Public Security in Dubai; and other senior officials.