RIT Dubai students win the University “Drones for Good” competition

RIT Dubai team "Badayer Connect" won the 1st prize in the Drones for Good University Challenge: Providing temporary Wifi in Al Badayer desert held by the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Center. The competition took Place at the Mission Space Exhibition in the Burj Park. The aim of the project was to design a UAV that provides temporary wifi to winter campers in Al Badayer Desert for the duration of their stay without causing any disturbance. 

The UAE Drones for Good Award is dedicated to transforming the innovative technologies behind civilian drones into practical, realisable solutions for improving people’s lives today. 

The UAE Government invite the most innovative and creative minds to find solutions that will improve people’s lives and provide positive technological solutions to modern day issues. 

This Award is designed to offer the people of the world an opportunity to really make a difference.

The students involved in this competition were Usama Shah (ME), Varsha Behrunani (EE), Hazel Gamboa (EE), Sadiya Siddique (EE) and Elham Bepary (EE) and they won a reward of AED 7,000. They were mentored by Dr. Muhieddin Amer, Dr. Boutheina Tlili, Dr. Gurdal Ertek and Mr. Khalil Darwish.

Their winning idea was the fuel powered UAV which carries an antenna to provide satellite internet to the user. The students designed a system in which the user’s location would be read directly by the GPS module and sent to the UAV’s autopilot. They also developed a drone rotation system which would ensure the availability of Wifi for as long as required.

Other universities that participated in this category include Khalifa University, Petroleum Institute, BITS Dubai, Emirates Aviation College and Ajman University.