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DJI and AUVSI Kick Off Second Annual XCELLENCE Humanitarian Awards

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Nominations Are Now Open To Honor Exceptional Applications Of Unmanned Technology

AUVSI XPONENTIAL, the annual international gathering for leaders in unmanned technology, is pleased to invite nominations for the second annual AUVSI XCELLENCE Humanitarian Awards. Proudly sponsored by DJI, the world’s leader in civilian drones and aerial imaging technology, the awards 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.

“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,” shared Brian Wynne, President and CEO of AUVSI. “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.”

The Humanitarian Awards is a special category of the annual AUVSI XCELLENCE Awards, taking place at AUVSI XPONENTIAL from April 29 to May 2, 2019 at McCormick Place in Chicago. As an opportunity to recognise outstanding achievements in unmanned technology, the XCELLENCE Awards will announce recipients across 14 categories highlighting technology, solutions and operations that improve our economy, lifestyle and society. Humanitarian Award winners will be recognised with a $25,000 donation divided among the winners’ 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. Honorees said the award inspired them to continue innovating and helped fund their continued operations.

“Our company was founded to empower everyone with the gift of flight,” said Mario Rebello, Vice President and Country Manager, North America, at DJI. “We are lucky to have seen our technologies embraced by users of every kind, from places all over the world. Our cooperation with AUVSI to introduce these Humanitarian Awards in 2018 let us put the focus on the people that make unmanned technology not just innovative, but also life-changing. We look forward to the incredible cases that this year’s awards will reveal.”

The submission period for the AUVSI XCELLENCE Humanitarian Awards is now open. Those interested can refer to the following information:

Registration Site: Official AUVSI XCELLENCE Award 2019 website

Application Deadline: February 6, 2019

Application Fee: Free for the Humanitarian Award

Announcement of Humanitarian Winners: May 2, 2019 (Day 3 of AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2019)

AUVSI XPONENTIAL is the largest trade show for the unmanned systems and robotics industry. The 2019 exhibition will allow visitors access to 8,500 professionals, more than 700 exhibitors, and 150+ sessions of learning about the future of unmanned systems policy, technology, business solutions, and trending topics. For more information and to register, visit xponential.org.

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DJI is a global leader in developing and manufacturing civilian drones and aerial imaging technology for personal and professional use. DJI was founded and is run by people with a passion for remote-controlled helicopters and experts in flight-control technology and camera stabilization. The company is dedicated to making aerial photography and filmmaking equipment and platforms more accessible, reliable and easier to use for creators and innovators around the world. DJI’s global operations currently span across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and its revolutionary products and solutions have been chosen by customers in over 100 countries for applications in filmmaking, construction, emergency response, agriculture, conservation and many other industries.

Global leader in civil drone technology and aerial photography systems

DJI is a global leader in developing and manufacturing innovative drone and camera technology for commercial and recreational use. DJI was founded and is run by people with a passion for remote-controlled helicopters and experts in flight-control technology and camera stabilization. The company is dedicated to making aerial photography and filmmaking equipment and platforms more reliable and easier to use for creators and innovators around the world.

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