Search & Rescue Challenge Finals to be Held in NY (Learn More – Videos)

Search And Rescue Competition With Ford And United Nations Development Programme Demonstrates Lifesaving Ideas From Around The World For $100,000 Grand Prize
Search And Rescue Competition With Ford And United Nations Development Programme Demonstrates Lifesaving Ideas From Around The World For $100,000 Grand Prize

DJI, the world’s leading maker of unmanned aerial vehicles, joins Ford Motor Company and the United Nations Development Programme on Sunday to host the company’s annual SDK Challenge.

Ten teams will compete for a $100,000 prize to see whose software can best launch drones from the bed of a moving vehicle, guide them through a simulated disaster site to identify victims and return to land back on the vehicle. 

The Ten finalists from universities and research groups around the world have built their solutions with DJI’s Software Development Kit (SDK). They will compete in a disaster scenario at the FAA-designated drone test site at Griffiss International Airport in Rome, N.Y. 

(Learn More about DJI, courtesy of DJI and YouTube)

Guests will have the opportunity to fly DJI drones as well as observe the competition in progress. Media will be able to interview contestants and officials from DJI, Ford and the United Nations Development Programme. 

More information about the DJI SDK Challenge can be found here. 

WHO: DJI, Ford Motor Company and United Nations Development Programme

WHAT: SDK Challenge – top 10 teams from around the world compete in a search and rescue mission challenge for a grand prize of $100,000.

WHEN: Sunday, August 28th – Competition 9:15 A.M. – 4:00 P.M. – Awards Ceremony 6:00 P.M.

WHERE: Griffiss International Airport, Rome, N.Y.

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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 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.

Ford Motor CompanyFord Motor Company is a global automotive and mobility company based in Dearborn, Michigan. With about 203,000 employees and 67 plants worldwide, the company’s core business includes designing, manufacturing, marketing, financing and servicing a full line of Ford cars, trucks, SUVs and electrified vehicles, as well as Lincoln luxury vehicles.

At the same time, Ford aggressively is pursuing emerging opportunities through Ford Smart Mobility, the company’s plan to be a leader in connectivity, mobility, autonomous vehicles, the customer experience, and data and analytics. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company.   

(Learn More, courtesy of The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP))

UNDP partners with people at all levels of society to help build nations that can withstand crisis, and drive and sustain the kind of growth that improves the quality of life for everyone. On the ground in nearly 170 countries and territories, we offer global perspective and local insight to help empower lives and build resilient nations.