The Award

The International UAV Humanitarian award (UAVHA) has been created to recognise and honor the outstanding achievements carried out by global UAV operators who offer support in a Humanitarian crisis. This is the very first award of its kind and we are pleased to have global support from key industry experts and humanitarian professionals.

The Mission

UAVHA will provide a platform to appreciate these committed individuals and show powerful companies and governments the many uses of drone technology. Our Mission is to highlight the efforts of these organizations and individuals who are truly inspiring and serve as a fine example of how today’s drone technology can make the world a better place.







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The Technology

Drones, or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), offer a constant drum beat of innovative technology capabilities that result in a wealth of possibilities. Immediate UAV assessment allows for a diverse portfolio of rapid strategic planning applications that are being effectively used in humanitarian response around the globe.

The Award Announcement

The award will be voted on throughout the year by our unique panel of judges and will be announced at the 2015 UK Drone show held at the National exhibition centre (NEC) UK. The event will showcase all the key areas and technology used to assist UAV operators around the world.


The Judges

These judges will select the the Nominees based on the innovative and unique application of the technology, the effectiveness of the reporting / application, the enhancement of the processes / procedures, the sharing of what they learned and communication of those lessons to other pilots, the unique challenges / road blocks they encountered and how they were overcome.


Patrick Meier

Patrick Meier is an internationally recognized thought leader on humanitarian technology and innovation. His brand new book, “Digital Humanitarians: How Big Data is Changing the Face of Humanitarian Action,” has already been endorsed by Harvard, MIT, Stanford, Oxford, UN, Red Cross, World Bank, USAID and others. In 2010, he was publicly recognized by Clinton for his pioneering digital humanitarian efforts, which he continues to this day. Patrick’s work has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, CNN, BBC News, UK Guardian, The Economist, Forbes & Times Magazines, New Yorker, NPR, Wired, Mashable, TechCrunch, Fast Company, Nature, New Scientist, Scientific American and elsewhere. His influential and widely read blog iRevolutions has received over 1.5 million hits.

Patrick is also an internationally sought-out speaker, having given over 200 talks in more than 20 countries across 6 continents. He has spoken at the White House, UN, Google, Twitter, Harvard, Stanford, MIT, Skoll World Forum, Club de Madrid, Mobile World Congress, PopTech, TTI/Vanguard, SXSW and several TEDx’s. Given his expertise, Patrick often serves on judging panels for international competitions, which have included GSMA’s Global Mobile Awards and UAE’s Drones for Good Award. At present, Patrick is Director of Social Innovation at QCRI where he both develops and deploys unique Next Generation Humanitarian Technologies in partnership with multiple humanitarian groups. He is on the Innovation Team of the United Nations Secretary-General’s World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) and has been awarded a number of fellowships: UNICEF Humanitarian Innovations Fellow, Rockefeller Foundation Fellow and PopTech Fellow. Patrick is also a National Geographic Emerging Explorer.


Brendan Schulman

Brendan Schulman is Vice President of Policy & Legal Affairs at DJI. He was formerly head of the Unmanned Aircraft Systems group at the law firm of Kramer Levin in New York where he defended civilian drone pilot Raphael Pirker in his landmark case against the Federal Aviation Administration concerning the commercial use of drones. Also while in private practice, Mr. Schulman authored a comprehensive regulatory proposal for a lightly-regulated “micro” drone category to accelerate safe, pragmatic, and open access to commercial drone technology. Mr. Schulman has represented various Fortune 500 companies, tech startups, robotics companies, investment firms, and educational institutions in their development and use of unmanned aircraft — including Texas EquuSearch, a volunteer search and rescue organization that has used drones since 2006 to help find missing people. Frequently quoted in the media on policy and legal issues surrounding UAS technology, Mr. Schulman also sits on the Board of Advisors of the international Humanitarian UAV Network and has been building and flying his own recreational drones for over 20 years.

Daniel Gilman

Daniel Gilman

Daniel Gilman is a Humanitarian Affairs Officer in the Regional Partnerships Unit of The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA) Office for Asia and the Pacific (ROAP). He supports strategic and operational engagement with private sector, civil society organizations, as well as governments and regional organizations.

Formerly he worked in the Policy Analysis and Innovation Section of UN OCHA. He worked on promoting the development of humanitarian innovations in the wider humanitarian system and within OCHA, as well as other emerging policy issues. He was on the team that produced the landmark OCHA policy report “Humanitarianism in the Network Age” and is the author of a number of other policy studies, including “Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in Humanitarian Response”, and “Humanitarianism in the Age of Cyberwarfare”. He is on the advisory board for the Humanitarian UAV Network. He previously worked for the UN Department of Political Affairs.

Edward Anderson

Edward Anderson

Edward Anderson is a Senior Innovation Policy Specialist at the World Bank’s Global ICT unit. Since August 2014 he is based in Dares Salaam, Tanzania, where he represents the World Bank on Technology and Innovation. As part of this role he leads work supporting the governments’ Open Data Initiative and is responsible for designing government modernization projects in UAV mapping, citizen data, microwork and smart sensors.
Prior to moving to Tanzania, Edward was based at World Bank Headquarters and coordinated a programme to use digital engagement tools and open innovation methodologies to transform public service delivery. This work covered Africa, Asia and Latin America and ranges in topics from open data to crowdsourcing, mobile government and smart civics. Edward also participates on the advisory boards of various European smart city networks and projects including Open Cities, City SDK, Code for Europe and My Neighborhood.

He holds Master’s degrees in both aerospace engineering and international economics. He started his career with the UN and European Space Agency, where he focused a range of technologies for disaster risk management. He joined the World Bank in 2007 working in risk assessment and risk modelling in Latin America and East Asia and building new partnerships with technical communities including NASA, Google, Random Hacks of Kindness, and Crisis Commons. Throughout his career, Edward has sought to find ways to harness science and technology for resilient development.


Phillip Bloom

Philip Bloom left Sky News after 17 years working as a news cameraman, 9 years later he has built a up a globally respected reputation within the industry. From filming with Canon DSLRs on Lucasfilm’s “Red Tails” to shooting the BAFTA / Raindance winning documentary “How To Start A Revolution” through to his latest project “The Wonder List” for CNN, Bloom is known for bringing high quality imagery to every project he works on.

Besides his on location dedication to his craft, his huge passion is well known and shared through numerous social media platforms. His very popular website www.philipbloom.net has become one of the main educational resources for filmmakers across the globe.


Eric Cheng

Eric Cheng is an award-winning photographer and publisher, and is the Director of Aerial Imaging and General Manager of the San Francisco office at DJI, the creators of the popular Phantom aerial-imaging quadcopter. Throughout his career, Cheng has straddled passions for photography, entrepreneurship, technology and communication. He publishes Wetpixel.com, the leading underwater-photography community on the web, and writes about his aerial-imaging pursuits at skypixel.org His work as a photographer has been featured at the Smithsonian’s Natural History Museum and in many media outlets including Wired, Outdoor Photographer, Popular Photography, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Make, ABC, Good Morning America, CBS, CNN and others. His video work has been shown on the Discovery Channel, National Geographic Channel, and on virtually every news network around the world.

Caught between technical and creative pursuits, Eric holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in computer science from Stanford University, where he also studied classical cello performance. He leads regular photography expeditions and workshops around the world, and has given seminars and lectures internationally at events including TEDx, the Churchill Club, Photoshelter Luminance, CES, SXSW, AsiaD, DEMA, and others.


Patrick Egan

Patrick Egan is a licensed pilot, inventor and entrepreneur. With 10 years of experience in commercial real estate and 20 years in marketing / technology, Patrick is a pioneer in the drone industry and now runs the largest and most successful drone pilot network in the world, AirVid.com. He is determined to use UAV/Drone technology to solve problems and aspires to help people in need, making the world a better place in the process.


Robert Scoble

Rackspace’s Futurist searches the world looking for what’s happening on the bleeding edge of technology and brings that learning to both the Internet and to strategists at Rackspace.

As Futurist for Rackspace, the leading Managed Cloud Computing Company, Scoble travels the world looking for what’s happening on the bleeding edge of technology for Rackspace. He’s interviewed thousands of executives and technology innovators and reports what he learns in books (“The Age of Context,” a book coauthored with Forbes author Shel Israel, has been released at http://amzn.to/AgeOfContext ), YouTube, and many social media sites where he’s followed by millions of people.


Randy Scott Slavin

Randy Scott Slavin is an award winning Director, Photographer & Aerial Cinematographer based in New York City.   He is well known for his photography series Alternate Perspectives and NYC Unplugged as well as directing commercials, branded content and music videos for American Express, NJOY, Atlantic Records, Tribeca Film Festival, AT&T, Bank of America and others.  Slavin first gained attention for his aerials with the viral video Aerial NYC which was featured by Time, Fox News, Gizmodo, Mashable and many other premiere press outlets around the world. In early 2014 Slavin founded the New York City Drone Film Festival, the world’s first film festival exclusively dedicated to drone cinema.


Abi Weaver

Abi Weaver, a director within the international division of the American Red Cross, is currently researching and testing emerging technology solutions with the vision that they can help strengthen disaster resilience in urban communities. Abi comes from a family of early adopters. Her grandmother was the first among them to purchase a personal computer. In primary school, her parents adopted a household robot. And with this background, it’s no surprise that Abi’s career eventually steered toward 3D printers, augmented reality and smart cars.  But for Abi, the lure is not the technology. The draw is what these tools enable humans to accomplish.  In addition to her 10-year career with the Red Cross, Abi has held strategic communications and government relations positions at PATH, an international nonprofit organization that accelerates global health technologies, as well as the National Parent Teacher Association, America’s premiere child advocacy organization. She has earned degrees in journalism and public relations, and lives in the Washington, DC metro area.


Colin Guinn

Colin joined 3D Robotics in 2014 after co-founding and serving as CEO of DJI North America. He is one of the most interviewed experts on UAV technology in the world, and has been featured at premier industry conferences and in countless top-rated publications and newscasts, including 60 Minutes, Tech Crunch, and Fast Co. At 3DR he is responsible for sales and marketing, strategic product development, and maintaining his role as a prominent advocate for the company and the industry at large.
Colin’s uniqueness to the aerial cinematography world is that he understands the technology in two dialects: the granular argot necessary to communicate with an engineer, and the simple, digestible language that’s interesting to the average consumer. His excitement for this technology is palpable and contagious, and puts UAVs in the light they deserve: powerful tools that help humanity in myriad ways, from sustainability to the creative arts to agriculture to capturing family vacations.
Colin has been foundational in propelling the consumer drone market in North America. His passion for UAVs and aerial cinematography began nearly a decade ago when he created a company that specialized in producing aerial photography marketing materials for luxury homebuilders. At that time he designed and built his own custom radio-controlled helicopters and specialized gimbals. This work led to the creation of his aerial cinematography company Avean Media, where Colin grew into one of the world’s top UAV flight and design experts.
He lives with his family in Austin, Texas.


Kevin Gordon

Kevin Gordon joined DJI in January 2015 as the Director of Marketing for Western Europe.

Prior to joining DJI Kevin led global marketing and creative efforts for 14 years with JVC consumer electronics. During that time Kevin helped to launch several high-profile new technologies including digital camcorders, DVD players and plasma televisions. After JVC, Kevin was responsible for consumer marketing at Showtime Television / MTV Networks in New York City and Virgin Media Television in London.

He graduated with a BA in Marketing & Communications from William Paterson University and achieved an Executive MBA from George Washington University.

Kevin is an avid filmmaker / photographer and describes himself as the ultimate technology geek with drones a natural evolution of his talents and interests. Kevin currently lives in the Netherlands with his Dutch wife and children and runs the Amsterdam DJI office.


Matteo Triacca

Matteo Triacca is the Key Account Manager at senseFly, one of the world’s leading developers of aerial imaging drones for professional applications such as agriculture, surveying, environmental monitoring and humanitarian aid. Matteo has previous in-depth experience in the supply and implementation of medical devices for the treatment of tropical and waterborne diseases in Sub-Saharan Africa. Plus, he participated in a large-scale clean water and climate campaign in the Western province of Kenya, which applied new financing models to global health.

“Humanitarians in the sky now include more than helicopters and planes chartered by humanitarian organizations during disasters. As UAVs become increasingly democratized, members of the public have the opportunity to provide humanitarian organizations with a bird’s eye view of a disaster. Together, traditional humanitarians and UAV humanitarians can improve relief efforts and accelerate the delivery of aid to those who need it the most.”

Dr. Patrick Meier
(Founder of the Humanitarian UAV Network, UAViators.org)

“At the highest level, if we were all able to look down at Earth from above, it would allow us to recognize that our daily conflicts are insignificant. I believe this perspective would help us achieve peace; in that single snapshot we would realize we are all on the same ship sailing through the ether. We at AirVid want to capture the human experience from the sky and connect the people that share the same dream.”

Patrick Egan
(Founder of Air-Vid.com, the worlds largest UAV pilot network)

Submission Criteria

Create a 2-3 minute video describing the need / the mission / the pilots / the members. Describe the mission and submit link to Google Doc, or upload word doc through registration page.




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