HoverGames challenges coders to cook up pandemic drone solutions


The second iteration of HoverGames has been launched, and this time it is asking coders to design drone solutions to help with the pandemic.

The competition’s full title is HoverGames Challenge 2: Help Drones Help Others.

It encourages developers to create drone and rover solutions for frontline support during pandemics.

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“The current pandemic has exposed our vulnerability to disease and the general structural breakdown that can occur during a crisis,” said Iain Galloway, drone program lead, NXP.

He continued: “But we don’t have to feel powerless in its wake, we can harness technology to make a difference.

“We invite you to leverage a complete functional system of hardware and software for drone and rover development and to share your creative solutions.”

Applications must be made at the HoverGames website by July 31.

Meanwhile, the competition closes on November 30, with the winners announced the following month.

The competition is hosted by NXP Semiconductors, an American-Dutch company that specialises in connectivity solutions for the automotive and and communication infrastructure markets, among others.

A statement from NXP said: “The competition encourages contestants to thoughtfully consider the full scope of the difficulties facing society during a pandemic, apply new learning, and work cooperatively through the development of open source code and community-tested projects to bring forth solutions that help society prepare for future challenges.”

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