Drones for Good: AUVSI Partners with DJI to Launch the XCELLENCE Humanitarian Awards

BY Zacc Dukowitz
6 February 2018

AUVSI recently announced the launch of the XCELLENCE Humanitarian Awards, which will recognize five organizations or individuals using unmanned systems to improve the human condition.

The Humanitarian Awards are designed to bring much-deserved recognition to those using unmanned systems technology to save lives, improve health, and relieve hardship and suffering.

– AUVSI XPONENTIAL

We love the drones for good aspect to these new awards.

Although it’s common knowledge in the drone industry that drones are helping people all over the world, many people still think mainly of privacy concerns or the military when they hear the word drone.

We can only hope that these awards will help spread the word among the public at large that drones and the people making them are doing good things, and working to help people.

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DJI is sponsoring the new Humanitarian Awards, and will be providing a total prize amount of $25,000 to be split among all of the recipients.

Winners will be announced at the AUVSI XPONENTIAL annual conference taking place in Denver, Colorado from Monday, April 30—Thursday, May 3.

Drones are being used around the world today in incredible and meaningful ways, and we want to take this opportunity to honor and reward the organizations and individuals that have used this technology for humanitarian good—from supporting search-and-rescue efforts that save lives to enabling research endeavors that strengthen global sustainability and development goals.

– Michael Perry, Managing Director, North America at DJI

Know of an individual or organization you’d like to nominate?

Submission details and donation information can be found on the AUVSI XCELLENCE Award page. Winners will be announced in the Day 3 keynote at the XPONENTIAL conference, on Thursday, May 3rd.

The deadline to submit nominations is Wednesday, February 21st.

Other XCELLENCE Awards Categories

In addition to the Humanitarian Awards, AUVSI will be recognizing leaders in unmanned systems in three other categories:

Technology & Innovation

Recognizing organizations who strive for innovation as they boldly guide our industry into the next phase of technology advancement.

  • Counter UAS & Security
  • Cybersecurity
  • Detect & Avoid
  • Geofencing
  • Hazardous Environment Detection
  • Remote Identification

Training & Education

Recognizing leadership in training and developing a safety-focused UAS culture.

  • Training and Education Provider (Organization)
  • Airmanship and Contribution to the UAS Safety Culture (Organization)
  • Airmanship and Contribution to the UAS Safety Culture (Individual)

Operations & Safety

Highlighting the drone industry’s commitment to safety and responsibility.

  • User Applications and Operations Software Platforms (Organization)
  • Operational Safety and Risk Management (Organization)
  • Airmanship and Contribution to the UAS Safety Culture (Organization)
  • Airmanship and Contribution to the UAS Safety Culture (Individual)

Visit the AUVSI XCELLENCE Award page to submit a nomination.

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AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2018

AUVSI XPONENTIAL is the largest trade show for the unmanned systems and robotics industry.

This year their exhibit hall will include more than 725 companies from around the world, and the conference will have more than 200 educational sessions, which will provide information about the future of unmanned systems policy, technology, business solutions, and trending topics.

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As you can probably already tell, the conference is huge—annually AUVSI XPONENTIAL brings about 8,500 unmanned technology industry leaders and forward-thinking users from the defense and commercial sectors together to learn the latest on policy, business solutions and technology applications.

This year the conference is taking place in Denver, Colorado, and will span almost a full work week, starting on Monday, April 30 and wrapping up on Thursday, May 3.

AUVSI is emphasizing safety and good works this year, not only by launching their new humanitarian awards but also with a two day public safety UAS forum, and a public safety-focused keynote on Day 3 (when the XCELLENCE award winners will be announced).

UAV Coach was a media partner for AUVSI XPONENTIAL last year, and we’re excited to be partnering with AUVSI again this year. We’ll also be attending, so let us know if you plan to be there—we’d love to meet you!

Learn more about AUVSI XPONENTIAL and how you can attend.

Zacc Dukowitz

Director of Marketing

Zacc Dukowitz is the Director of Marketing for UAV Coach. A writer with professional experience in education technology and digital marketing, Zacc is passionate about reporting on the drone industry at a time when UAVs can help us live better lives. Zacc also holds the rank of nidan in Aikido, a Japanese martial art, and is a widely published fiction writer. Zacc has an MFA from the University of Florida and a BA from St. John's College. Follow @zaccdukowitz or check out zaccdukowitz.com to read his work.

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