News: UAV Challenge
Design An Anti-Poaching Drone And Win $25,000
By T Myers 10/1/2013
Synopsis: Kashmir Robotics is a division of Al-Kareem Foundation that ensures
the best possible aircraft and ground robots are available to protect endangered
species. Kashmir Robotics is hosting a contest to design a drone system (aircraft
and ground station software) to patrol South Africa's Kruger National Park on
the Mozambique border.
Deadline for entries is December 1st, 2013, and the top prize is a 10-day trip
to Kruger National Park and $25,000. The challenge concludes October 4th, 2014,
with the winning team invited to test their drone at Kruger.
Objective: Ability to stream imagery over TCP/IP with frame rate adjusted to
conform with communications and target recognition detection to categorize
humans, large animals and vehicles.
Area: Kruger National Park, South Africa. Eastern border with Mozambique. No
Terrain: African bushveld. Rough terrain. Large thorn trees. Huge areas with no
Support: Rangers on foot. Rangers in 4x4 vehicles in some areas. Anti-poaching
Conditions: Winter – sunny and dry. Summer – Very hot and humid, daytime
temperature: 45°C. (113°F) Large thunderstorms.
Teams are limited to no more than five members, who can be hobbyists, high
schoolers, or undergraduate college sutdents, with only one graduate student
allowed. Teams are allowed two advisors, who can be academics or professionals.
The drones they make must be cheap: no more than $3,000 may be spent on the
software and hardware.
Full details at