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Application Period: 2016.01.10 -- 03.10
*All dates and times relating to the 2016 DJI Developer Challenge are in Pacific Standard Time.

FLY TO THE FUTURE

BRIEF INTRODUCTION

The 2016 DJI SDK Challenge is an opportunity for talented people to collaborate with industry-leaders to create a search and rescue system for the future. Using DJI aerial systems and developer products like the Guidance and Manifold together with Ford vehicles, you design an unmanned rescue aircraft able to meet the tough requirements of search missions. Successful solutions will be able to quickly take off from and land on a moving vehicle after surveying the area, and recognize objects and create a map of the scene.

* Ford API Library and Emulator will be provided to teams participating in the 2nd Qualifying Round.

CHALLENGE INTRODUCTION VIDEO

OBJECTIVE

The aircraft must autonomously enter the ‘disaster area’ and gather information on the location of the ‘survivors’, and transmit it back to the computing device in the vehicle. Having captured all necessary information, it must then automatically return and land on the moving vehicle.
• Primary Technical Challenge: Automatic landing on a moving vehicle
• Secondary Technical Challenge: Vision Guided Flight
• Tertiary Technical Challenge: Object Recognition

DEVELOPMENT TOOLS

  • MATRICE 100

  • MANIFOLD

  • ZENMUSE X3

  • GUIDANCE

MATRICE 100

Stable, modular, and fully programmable – the Matrice 100 is a powerful platform that brings your dreams to reality.

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MANIFOLD

High performance computing designed for the DJI Onboard SDK to bring true intelligence to flying platforms.

ZENMUSE X3

Get crystal clear images with DJI’s most advanced camera to date.

GUIDANCE

Guidance is a revolutionary visual sensing system. Protect your platform and gives you a new level of safety and confidence in flight.

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Competition SCHEDULE

January 4th: 2016 SDK Developer Challenge announced at CES
March 19th: Developer kits sent out to the 25 teams
May 9th: Second round of screening based on process reports and videos
July 16th: 10 finalists develop autonomous landing capability and object recognition
August 27-28th: 2016 DJI Developer challenge final competition

Announce the Challenge

Announce the SDK Developer Challenge at CES
To learn more, visit the events.dji.com

01.04-01.09

Upload the proposal

Upload the initial development proposal
on the challenge website

01.10-03.10

First round

First round of team screening based on
initial development proposal

03.11-03.18

Announce the 25 teams

Announce the 25 teams qualified
for the next round

03.19-03.21

DJI Developement Kits

Send DJI developement kits to the 25 qualified teams

03.22-03.23

Upload the report & video

Teams upload their second round
process reports and video links

03.24-05.03

Second round

Second round of screening
based on process reports and videos

05.04-05.09

Announce the 15 teams

Announce the 15 teams with highest potential
to complete the missions

05.10-05.11

Upload the report & video

Teams upload their third round
process reports and video links

05.12-07.11

Third round

Third round of screening based on
process reports and videos

07.12-07.14

Announce the finalist teams

Announce the 10 finalist teams

07.15-07.16

Further development

Further development of automatic landing on
a moving vehicle and object recognition

07.17-08.26

Final competition

2016 DJI Developer challenge final competition

08.27-08.28

Challengers

The third round of the 2016 DJI SDK Challenge has come to an end after seven months of fierce competition, and teams qualifying for the next round have been selected.
We would like to thank all teams for their support and participation.

* The teams are listed below in alphabetical order.

1st

Round

Team Name

  • 1. AeroTech
  • 2. Ag-Vision
  • 3. Autero
  • 4. Cardinal S.A.R.
  • 5. Dorabo
  • 6. DRONEUSE
  • 7. FALCON
  • 8. FLYING ROBOTS LLC
  • 9. Georgia Tech Aerial Robotics Club
  • 10. Graz Griffins
  • 11. Hawkeye
  • 12. HITCSC Team
  • 13. KAIST-URL
  • 14. MachInsight(机器慧眼)
  • 15. Max Schwartz
  • 16. QDrone
  • 17. Rotor Air Cam
  • 18. SaveApril
  • 19. SenseLAB
  • 20. SEU Drone
  • 21. SHIJIU Team(武汉大学狮鹫队)
  • 22. SuperEagles(赛鹰)
  • 23. TeamHKU
  • 24. UAV.Research@Luxembourg
  • 25. UAVision EAVISE
2nd

Round

Team Name

  • 1. Autero
  • 2. Cardinal S.A.R.
  • 3. Dorabo
  • 4. DRONEUSE
  • 5. Georgia Tech Aerial Robotics Club
  • 6.  HITCSC Team
  • 7.  KAIST-URL
  • 8.  MachInsight(机器慧眼)
  • 9.  Max Schwartz
  • 10. NSSC SuperEagles(赛鹰)
  • 11. Rotor Air Cam
  • 12. SEU Drone
  • 13. TeamHKU
  • 14. UAV.Research@Luxembourg
  • 15. 武汉大学狮鹫队
3th

Round

Team Name

  • 1. Autero
  • 2. Cardinal S.A.R.
  • 3. Graz Griffins
  • 4. hawkeye
  • 5. KAIST-URL
  • 6.  MachInsight(机器慧眼队)
  • 7.  NSSC SuperEagles(赛鹰队)
  • 8.  mrasl (SaveApril)
  • 9.  SEU Drone
  • 10. SHIJIU Team (武汉大学狮鹫队)

Previous Challenge

Report From The 2nd DJI Developer Challenge

Partners

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