Bird & Bird has announced that it will be a sponsor for the second annual UAE Drones for Good Award. This government initiative for the development of civil drones for charitable purposes is the biggest award of its kind, offering total prize money of AED 4.67 million. As one of the world’s leading aviation firms, Bird & Bird regularly advises clients at the forefront of technology and innovation in this field.
The competition launched by H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, rewards drone inventions that improve people’s lives and provide positive technological solutions to modern day issues. The competition has attracted more than 1000 entries from 165 countries, including the UAE, Canada, Australia, USA, UK, Ethiopia, Greece, and the Philippines.
Bird & Bird will offer free legal advice to the winner and runners-up of the competition as part of its support of the initiative, helping newcomers to the industry develop their ideas.
Anders Nilsson, Managing Partner of Bird & Bird in the UAE commented: “We’re excited to be part of this initiative which supports innovation and technology within the aviation industry - one of our key sectors in the region. The awards are a global forum for entrepreneurs, manufacturers and investors in the unmanned aerial vehicles industry, and we feel very much at home in this innovative environment. We are very pleased to support the development of drone technology and the good that drones can achieve."
The finals will be held at Dubai Internet City, from 4-6 February 2016. Admission to the public is free.