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$10,000 Prize Up For Grabs

The Drone User Group Network is all about fostering interest in civilian drone technology and promoting the usefulness of that tech in benefiting society. One way they seek to accomplish this is with the Drone Social Innovation Award. They are looking for "The most socially beneficial, documented use of a drone platform costing less than $3,000." With a $10,000 prize up for grabs we're sure many hobbyists and corporate entities will be eager to submit an entry.

To submit an entry you need to make a 2-4 minute video and write a 1-2 paper about your project which addresses the judging criteria listed below. You have until June 20th to submit an entry with the winner being announced in July.

Criteria to Cover

Tier 1

Depth and type of impact: Did you help a community to better manage their natural resources? Expose government corruption? Assist first responders in a disaster situation? Protect endangered species? Tell us what your drone does to change the world. Breadth of impact: How many people benefited? How many acres of land were impacted? How many animals or plants were positively affected? Tell us how we might quantify the impact of your project.

Tier 2

Cost: In addition to the $3,000 cap per drone, we have a preference for less expensive solutions. If you can accomplish for $500 the same thing it takes another group $3,000 to do, we'll select the people using the less expensive equipment. Replicability: How easily could another person or community do what you did to benefit their own area?

Tier 3

Coolness: We like things that have a little bit of a wow factor. Popularity: Try to get as many people as possible to like your video. There will be a "people's choice" award for the most popular project, and popularity might factor into the cash prize choice as well.

For more rules and information visit the award page at the Drone User Group Network Website

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Old Jan 02, 2014, 05:32 PM
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I'm going to enter this...
Old Jan 02, 2014, 11:01 PM
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Hmm I wonder if the Albatross would be appropriate.

Not hugely innovative, other than providing an affordable professional grade airframe. Especially compared to other professional platforms such as the Penguin or even Mugin.

It may not be hugely innovative as far as photography, or electronics, however it could very easily open up the envelope for affordable (professional) UAV's
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Furman University entry in drone competition

You can see our entry at
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and we invite your votes at

There is a feature story on our activity on the Furman University homepage at
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You can see our entry at and we invite your votes at

There is a feature story on our activity on the Furman University homepage at
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