Dutch drone start-up nominated for international drone prize

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The Dutch start-up Avy has been selected from more than a thousand contestants as a finalist in the international drone competition ‘Drones for good’ in Dubai. The competition selects the best drone and drone-applications with a humanitarian purpose. The winner receives a prize of 1 million dollars.

Avy has developed a rescue drone for refugees in need traveling across the Mediterranean Sea. The drone is capable of flying long distances, can detect boats and – if necessary – drop life jackets, food and medicine. In the past year, 3,500 refugees died during this dangerous endeavor. Avy aims to reduce this number drastically.

‘Drones for good’ is organized by the Dubai ICT-fund and Dubai Telecom and aims at stimulating the development of innovative drones for a better world. Of all the entries, 10 international finalists have been selected to compete in the competition which takes place on the 17th and 18th of February in Dubai.

Avy will launch their drone, the Avy One, on the 2nd of February in the Amstelkerk in Amsterdam.