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DJI and AUVSI kick off second annual XCELLENCE Humanitarian Awards

Last year, AUVSI and DJI held the inaugural XCELLENCE Humanitarian Awards during the AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2018 in Denver, CO. Five organizations that use drones for critical life-saving missions shared the award. This year DJI and AUVSI have teamed up again to kick off the second annual XCELLENCE Humanitarian Awards. The submission period is now open. See below for details.

DJI and AUVSI kick off second annual XCELLENCE Humanitarian Awards

Nominations Are Now Open To Honor Exceptional Applications Of Unmanned Technology

January 14, 2019 – 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 recognize and reward organizations 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 recognize 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 recognize 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 recognized with a $25,000 donation divided among the winners’ organizations.

Last year, the inaugural AUVSI XCELLENCE Humanitarian Awards went to five organizations 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


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Haye Kesteloo is the Editor in Chief and Main Writer at DroneDJ, where he covers all drone related news and writes product reviews. He also contributes to the other sites in the 9to5Mac group such as; 9to5Mac, 9to5Google, 9to5Toys and Electrek. Haye can be reached at or @hayekesteloo