On the 8th of April, Callaghan Innovation launched New Zealand's first C-PRIZE competition, an incentivised challenge that aims to advance the commercialisation of innovative technology. The New Zealand screen industry's reputation for cutting-edge film making is recognised around the world. At the same time, directors are increasingly using unmanned aircraft to capture new perspectives and tell their stories. Combining these factors with our open airspace and progressive regulations presents an awesome opportunity for New Zealand innovators to commercialise "next generation UAV technology for the screen industry". The competition includes three key technical challenges concerning UAV flight stability, object tracking, and audio recording. Six finalists will be awarded $10,000 each to develop prototypes, and one grand prize winner will win $50,000 and an expenses paid trip to exhibit at the 2016 NAB trade show in Las Vegas.
Check out www.cprize.nz for more information.