UAE high school student sole finalist at international ‘Drones for Good’ competition

Dhruv Karthik , a 17 year old Dubai student recently became the youngest finalist in the history of the ‘Drones for Good’ competition. He competed against hundreds of teams composed of university professors, graduate students, and robotics professionals. Karthik was selected as the only individual finalist in the competition.

Entrants from around the world will now compete for a 1 Million Dirham grand prize at the finals on February 17-18, 2017. The inspiration for Dhruv’s revolutionary drone ‘FIREFLY’ came after he witnessed the devastating fire at The Address Downtown Burj Dubai on New Year’s Eve in 2015. This innovative drone can autonomously enter unknown apartments and search for stranded persons. The project was recognized as one of the Top 50 engineering projects from over 12,000 entries around the world for the Google Science Fair. Dhruv was the only finalist selected from the UAE, and one of three from the Middle East.

Karthik is an inspiring technology entrepreneur that hopes to pursue his passion for computer science, robotics and artificial intelligence as an undergraduate student at a leading university in the US. He said, “For as long as I can remember, I have wanted to study in an environment where everyone is motivated to build on their ideas, no matter how big or revolutionary they may be, and would expose me to an array of different intellectual perspectives and viewpoints.”

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