Hawk 2021: Over 20 UAV Teams Compete in Lernapat2 min read
LERNAPAT, Armenia — On September 18, 2021, the first Hawk 2021 UAV contest took place at the UAV airport after Karen Vardanyan in the Lernapat village. It was organized by the Karen Vardanyan Educational Foundation, the RA Ministry of Emergency Situations, the RA Ministry of High-Tech Industry, the American University of Armenia (AUA), and the Union of Advanced Technology Enterprises (UATE). The competition was run in three categories: student groups, amateur groups and startup companies, and specialized companies. These groups were assigned simple, medium, and complex tasks.
Over 20 teams from Vanadzor, Talin, Gyumri, Goris, Gavar, Aygut, Dilijan, Yeghegnadzor, Abovyan, and Yerevan participated in the competition. The groups were challenged by three emergency situations: finding the source of fire, finding the victim and delivering a survival package to them, and spreading liquid substances in a predesignated area. Addressing such challenges in emergency situations would significantly improve the efficacy of rescuers and first responders.
In the Student Groups category, FlyLab Yerevan was the first in finding the source of fire and spreading the liquid substance to put it out, and the Byurakn team was the best in delivering the survival package to the victim.
In the Amateur Groups and Startup Companies category, the AHEX team was the best in finding the fire and the victim, and delivering the survival package, while FlyLab was the leader in effectively dispersing the fire-extinguishing liquid.
The ProMac company team was recognized as the winner among the Specialized Companies in finding the fire.
The jury comprised Hayk Aslanyan from the RA Ministry of High-Tech Industry, Bagrat Vardazaryan and Artavazd Hovhannisyan from the RA Ministry of Emergency Situations, Alen Amirkhanian and Aram Hajian from AUA, Gor Baghdasaryan from PicsArt, Raffi Kassarjian and Vahagn Poghosyan from UATE, and Avetik Kerobyan and Arman Poghosyan from the Karen Vardanyan Educational Foundation.
The prize fund of 15 million AMD was made possible by Picsart. The winning teams received 800,000 AMD for first place, 600,000 AMD for second place, and 300,000 AMD for third place.
The competition was held within the frames of the EU Horizon 2020 “ResponDrone” program, which aims to develop and implement a situation awareness system in emergencies, as well as to provide the necessary information and communication services to first responders.
Founded in 1991, the American University of Armenia (AUA) is a private, independent university located in Yerevan, Armenia, affiliated with the University of California, and accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission in the United States. AUA provides local and international students with Western-style education through top-quality undergraduate, graduate, and certificate programs, promotes research and innovation, encourages civic engagement and community service, and fosters democratic values.