The idea "Drones4Refugees" by SenseLab (TUC's Space Informatics research group) has been selected within the 5 finalists (Ideas Track) of the international MIT Enterprise Forum Pan Arab “Innovate for Refugees” Competition. ''Innovate for Refugees'' Competition (IFR) is a global competition for the best tech-driven solutions addressing the challenges faced by refugees across the globe. Launched on ‘'World Refugee Day'’ three years ago, IFR had been at the forefront of the efforts alleviating the plight for many refugees in the world.
In its third edition, ''Innovate for Refugees'' received applications from over 50 countries from around the world, highlighting the competition’s popularity, and the universality of the issue at hand. This year, judges chose 10 finalists, 5 for each track (Ideas track and Startups Track), with TUC's SenceLab as the only European team at the finalists' list. For Ideas track the finalists were:
- Engineering for Social Good (USA)
- Drones4Refugees (Greece)
- Refugize (Palestine)
- Made in Refugees Camp (Jordan)
- KwikPak Shelter (Lebanon)
Representing "Drones4Refugees", Assoc. Prof. Panagiotis Partsinevelos, together with TUC Alumni, Dimitrios Chatziparashis and Stylianos Manoudakis, have attended the final event ceremony which took place at King Hussein Business Park, Amman, Jordan. The members of the Sence Lab participated in a 3-day MIT Bootcamp training, administered by MIT experts who prepared the finalists to the final round of judging.
Drones4Refugees is the first low cost Unmanned Aerial System that can geolocate several moving objects in the sea on real time, providing continuously precise coordinates of people in need to the authorities.
Team members: Assoc. Prof. Panagiotis Partsinevelos, Achilles Tripolitsiotis, Asst. Prof. Hamdan Ali M. Hamdan, Aggelos Antonopoulos, Dimitrios Chatziparashis, Stylianos Manoudakis and Dr. Phoebe Spei.