AUVSI Xponential has opened nominations for the second annual Xcellence Humanitarian awards, sponsored by DJI.
The awards set out to provide an opportunity for the industry to recognise and reward organisations and individuals who have used unmanned technology in innovative ways to serve in humanitarian or philanthropic efforts around the world.
Brian Wynne, CEO of AUVSI, thinks it is important for people to be recognised for their work.
He commented: “The first-ever Humanitarian Awards in 2018 gave us an opportunity to recognise the accomplishments of truly exceptional leaders with a passion for service and the vision to solve the world’s problems in new and innovative ways.”
“The world needs to know about these individuals, and with the help of our partner, DJI, we can share their stories to inspire a new generation of incredible humanitarian projects,” he added.
The Humanitarian Awards is a special category of the annual AUVSI Xcellence Awards and will take place at AUVSI Xponential from April 29 to May 2 at McCormick Place in Chicago.
The awards will announce recipients across 14 categories highlighting technology, solutions and operations that improve economy, lifestyle and society, with Humanitarian Award winners being recognised with a $25,000 donation divided among respective organisations.
Last year, the inaugural AUVSI Xcellence Humanitarian Awards went to five organisations that flew drones on critical, life-saving missions around the world, including hurricane recovery, search and rescue, hazard mapping and medical deliveries.
Anyone interested in nominating can go to the official AUVSI Xcellence Awards website to register before deadlines close on February 6.