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Inspiring & Unexpected: The Winners & Finalists in 2017


In spite of computer models and all engineering know-how, mankind still cannot predict droughts with certainty. Through the drones’ images by ECOSwat, people get now the overview and are convinced to take responsibility for their own homes. The International Cooperation of Technology with Local Administrative is developing educational programs for the population to develop a more adapted, safer habitat. Learnings from the ECOSwat project not only follow the UN-formulated goals of a sustainable society, but also provide a fundamental basis for other impact driven projects.

Joschka Fischer & Company‘s Special Price for the Approach
of Technology and Society goes to Elephant Survival Organization (ESO)

The initiative ESO is founded on the belief that aerial surveillance is a required ingredient to win the war to protect African Wildlife: and that it is inevitable that this service will be delivered by drones. The question isn’t drones or planes. It’s how to use the drones effectively and untangle the many operational options they propose. This process has led to a de-facto consensus with conservation experts and this has led to a public convergence of traditional and progressive Protected Area strategies.

A safe Step into new Places: BathyCopter by RIEGL

Instruments and methods to repeatedly survey waterbodies in a cheap, safe, and efficient manner have high potential. RIEGL‘s BathyCopter is a laser rangefinder which can measure into the water and provides river profiles with an accuracy and resolution that by far outperform the traditional method of wading through the river with a GPS pole. The BathyCopter therefore represents a perfect example how state of the art UAV technology together with innovative sensors provide data acquired in comparatively short time even in areas which would have been dangerous to access on the ground.

What our jury and supporters say

Julia Eckey
Principal at Joschka Fischer & Company

Norman Schraepel
Policy Advisor at Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)

Goal of the Award: Impact beats Tech

The airspace above cities will be politically renegotiated, and the international drone set is getting ready for monetization. Very soon drones will touch all areas of our society.
In 2018, INTERAERIAL SOLUTIONS part of INTERGEO will award drone applications related to major social problems for the first time. The award is also meant to ignite public debate about new opportunities without shying away from conflict – both nationally and internationally and in the most relevant industry meet in Europe.

  • Over 17.000 visitors from the fields of technology and entrepreneurship

  • Art of Europe’s biggest and most relevant commercial drone show INTERAERIAL SOLUTIONS part of INTERGEO

  • Supported by economy, technology & politics

  • Aimed to ensure growth in the field of UN-formulated goals of a sustainable society

  • The winning project will receive 5,000 EUR

Awarding visionary applications

Companies, startups, organizations and project groups that work on drone applications either B-2-C or B-2-B application solutions are welcome to apply.

The award will honour projects that will transform the market and help to reach goals in the seven categories of a sustainable society. Please find application form under the download link and use your chance to win 5,000 EUR and a lot of respect!

Deadline: Extended to 20th September 2018.

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Manuel Marx
Sektorprogramm Digitalisierung für nachhaltige Entwicklung
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

Julia Eckey
Joschka Fischer & Company

Dr. Marc Thom

Dr. Marc Thom
Strategic Partnerships&Alliances
Venture Capital Senior Investment Manager
SONY Coporation

Amit Verma

Amit Verma
Product Management at Airbus Aerial

Jannis Töpfer

Jannis Töpfer
Senior Research Analyst and
Leader in the Unmanned Systems Hub at McKinsey

Our Partners and Supporters


  • Michael Wieland, Founder of COPTERview, Head of UAV DACH office
  • Juliane Jähnke, Business Development of INTERAERIAL SOLUTIONS part of INTERGEO, organized by HINTE
  • Alexander Werle, Consultant

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