After the success of its maiden flight, clearance was given to a major global drone competition.
Described as a “Program to Detect Positive Drone Use Cases From Around the World”, the UK Airwards launched last year with overwhelming success, collecting nearly 200 entries from 23 countries. The 2021-22 group’s shows promise to fly even higher, with categories like: Technology, Operations, Support Services, Industries / Fields and Giving Back, plus a people selection section.
“From life-affirming conservation and life-saving projects to pure innovation and breakthrough technology, Airwards is the first awards program to recognize the breadth of drone work around the world,” an Airwards spokesman said in a press release.
The competition is open to individual drone users and companies. Airwards has announced the addition of new jurors for 2021-22:
- Catherine Ball, economic pioneer, consultant, speaker and professor
- Rabih Bou Rashid, CEO, FEDS
- Chris Daniels, CCO, Flare Bright
- Andi Fisanich, Head of Humanitarian Aid, Wingcopter
- Julie Garland, CEO, Avtrain (2020-21 Airwards Winner)
- Fatema Hamdani, co-founder, Kraus Aerospace
- Tautvydas Juskauskas, drone specialist, UNICEF supply department
- Mafunase Malenga, CEO, Shengamo
- Uttam Pudasaini, Co-Founder, NAXA (Airwards Winner 2020-21)
- Simon Robinson, Founder, Inspire Africa
- Ramón Roche, Program Manager, Dronecode Foundation (Airwards Winner 2020-21)
- Ruchi Saxena, Founder, Caerobotics (Airwards Winner 2020-21)
- Mark Watson, UTM Director, NATS
For 2021-22, Airwards will offer new People’s Choice categories. The new categories are described as “companies of different sizes and individuals influencing, disrupting or advancing the drone industry”:
- Organization – standards
- Organization – media houses
- Person – Executive / Senior Leadership
- Person – Under 30
- Person – pilot / operator
Registration for Airwards is free and open from December 1st to January 2022. The entry process includes a quick qualifying round and a second round of shortlisting, followed by the announcement of winners during Airwards Winners Week in May.
“It is a very proud moment to announce the return of Airwards. We were overwhelmed by the industry response in our first year and our ambition for this year’s award is to surpass last year, ”said Richard Nichols, Founder of Airwards.
“We want to find and promote more incredible best practice drone work and shout louder about it, ultimately to show the general public how life is better with drones. We hope that the additional categories, the larger number of international judges and the streamlined registration process will help us do just that for Airwards Year Two. “
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