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Start: 04 September 2014
End: 11 January 2015
Prizes: over 10.000 Euros
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What is the civilian use of unmanned
aerial vehicles in the future?

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) conquer the airspace as all-rounders. Among other things as transportations, life savers, surveying instruments, weathermen or detectives they can be used in various sectors. Therefore INTERGEO wants to know from you:

• How could new applications and business fields look like for you?
• Where would a bird´s eye perspective be helpful to you?
• What could be realized by the help of spatial data in the future?
• What apps or maps should be developed by the help of UAVs?

So you can get valuable impulses for new ideas, we allow you free admission to this year´s INTERGEO, the world´s leading conference trade fair for geodesy, geo-information and land management from 7 to 9 October 2014 in Berlin. Request your ticket here!

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infos & prizes

All ideas

By entering your ideas, you will not only become an innovationScout of our pioneering open innovation community, but also will receive up to 25 querdenker-points for each of your ideas, votes, comments or even for inviting friends and you will have the chance to win cash and prizes totaling over 10,000 euros:

Material rewards from INTERGEO for a total value of 2,000 euros
Free annual subscription of Bild der Wissenschaft for every idea generator for a total value of 8,000 euros
Querdenker-points you can trade for financial and material rewards

period of time

In the period from 04 September 2014 to 11 January 2015 you can enter your ideas.
The winners will be announced here in April 2015.

idea selection

The selection of the best ideas is not based on the most votes received by an idea, but by the vote of a jury of INTERGEO. However, the number of votes is a valuable evaluation criterion for the jury.


In the evaluation of ideas is particularly paid attention to the content and the presentation of the idea based on the following criteria:

Is the idea novel?
Is the idea clear and well described?
Were pictures, graphics, or even concepts added?
Were sources specified?
Were properties called, which why the idea is valuable?
Was a target group called, which benefits from the implementation of the idea?
What is the economic / social benefit of a potential product, method or process?
Were ways mentioned in which the idea can be implemented?

While entering your idea please pay attention to adding a detailed description and supporting documents. The better the idea explained, the easier it can be evaluated. Considering these evaluation criteria following prizes will be awarded in all submitted ideas.

prizes & points

The top 3 ideas will be awarded as follows:

1. Preis: 500 Euros + Invitation to the INTERGEO 2015 in Stuttgart including hotel accommodations for two persons + travel voucher of 50 €
2. Preis: 350 Euros + Invitation to the INTERGEO 2015 in Stuttgart including hotel accommodations for two persons + travel voucher of 50 €
3. Preis: 150 Euros + Invitation to the INTERGEO 2015 in Stuttgart including hotel accommodations for two persons + travel voucher of 50 €

As idea generator you will, however, be generally rewarded for your ideas. Regardless of whether your idea ranks among the top three, you will receive a free year´s subscription of Bild der Wissenschaft in the value of 80 €. This ends automatically without the need for notice and can also be given away.

Besides, you get lots of points you can trade for financial and material rewards:

25points for for each friend you invite to an iChallenge
10points for every idea that you enter at an iChallenge
2points for every time you vote for an idea at an iChallenge
2points for every vote you get for one of your ideas at an iChallenge
1points for every time you log in to Querdenker (a maximum of one point per day though)

An overview of the premiums you can find here. You can find your current total score at your profile under "Score Sheet".

conditions of participation

Employees and relatives of employees of INTERGEO and the Querdenker International GmbH are excluded from participation. This contest is subject to the terms and conditions for innovation challenges. Legal recourse is excluded.

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Unmanned aerial vehicle

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An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) is an aircraft without a human pilot aboard. Its flight is controlled either autonomously by onboard computers or by the remote control of a pilot on the ground or in another vehicle. The typical launch and recovery method of an unmanned aircraft is by the function of an automatic system or an external operator on the ground.Historically, UAVs were simple remotely piloted aircraft, but autonomous control is increasingly being employed. They are usually deployed for military and special operation applications, but also used in a small but growing number of civil applications, such as policing and firefighting, and nonmilitary security work, such as surveillance of pipelines. UAVs are often preferred for missions that are too "dull, dirty or dangerous" for manned aircraft.

Civilian casualties

Questions have been raised about the accuracy of UAV-based missile strikes. In March 2009, The Guardian reported allegations that Israeli UAVs armed with missiles killed 48 Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip, including two small children in a field and a group of women and girls in an otherwise empty street. In June, Human Rights Watch investigated six UAV attacks that were reported to have resulted in civilian casualties and alleged that Israeli forces either failed to take all feasible precautions to verify that the targets were combatants or failed to distinguish between combatants and civilians. In July 2009, Brookings Institution released a report stating that in the United States-led drone attacks in Pakistan, ten civilians died for every militant killed. S. Azmat Hassan, a former ambassador of Pakistan, said in July 2009 that American UAV attacks were turning Pakistani opinion against the United States and that 35 or 40 such attacks only killed 8 or 9 top al-Qaeda operatives.

Although it may never be known how many civilians have died as a result of U.S. UAV strikes in Pakistan, there are estimates of hundreds or thousands of innocent bystanders who have perished in such attacks. Pakistani authorities released statistics indicating that between 1 January 2009 and 31 December 2009, U.S. RQ-1 Predator and RQ-9 Reaper UAV strikes have killed over 700 innocent civilians. The website PakistanBodyCount.Org shows 1,065 civilian deaths between June 2004 and 30 January 2010 and tallies 103 UAV strikes carried out by the United States.

With the increase of UAV strikes, January 2010 proved to be a deadly month in Pakistan with 123 innocent civilians killed, according to a story in The International News. In addition, it has been reported that 160 children have died from UAV-launched attacks in Pakistan. Further, over 1,000 civilians have been injured. This evidence runs counter to the Obama administration´s claim that "nearly for the past year there hasn´t been a single collateral death" due to UAV-based attacks.

According to the 24 February 2010 policy analysis "The Year of the Drone", released by the New America Foundation, the civilian fatality rate since 2004 is approximately 32%. The study reports that 114 reported UAV-based missile strikes in northwest Pakistan from 2004 to present killed between 830 and 1,210 individuals, around 550 to 850 of whom were militants. After more than 30 UAV-based strikes hit civilian homes in Afghanistan in 2012, President Hamid Karzai demanded that such attacks end, but the practice continues in areas of Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia that are not in war zones. Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter has criticized such use of UAVs: "We don't know how many hundreds of innocent civilians have been killed in these attacks... This would have been unthinkable in previous times." In October 2013, the Pakistani government revealed that since 2008, civilian casualties made up only 3 percent of deaths from drone strikes. Since 2008, there have been 317 drone strikes that killed 2,160 Islamic militants and 67 civilians. This is far less than previous government and independent organization calculations of collateral damage from these attacks.

An attack by the US in December 2013, in a wedding procession in Yemen, killed 12 men and wounded at least 15 other people, including the bride. US and Yemeni officials said the dead were members of the armed group Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), but witnesses and relatives told Human Rights Watch the casualties were civilians. Witnesses and relatives told Human Rights Watch that no members of AQAP were in the procession and provided names and other information about those killed and wounded. They said the dead included the groom’s adult son and the bride received superficial face wounds. The local governor and military commander called the casualties a “mistake” and gave money and assault rifles to the families of those killed and wounded – a traditional gesture of apology in Yemen. A few days after the incident, Yemeni MPs voted for a ban against the use of drones in Yemen, though it is unclear what effect this will have on drone usage.

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All ideas

How does an innovationChallenge work?
In the given period of time you can enter your ideas to the above question and you can rate other ideas with your vote. All ideas are listed. After expiration of the input phase all ideas are evaluated by a jury according to certain criteria. Details on period, jury and review can be found under "infos & prizes".

What happens to my idea?
The best and most original ideas will be selected and awarded by the jury. The number of votes is for the jury only one of several selection criteria. All ideas can provide valuable ideas for future developments. All ideas will be sifted, tested and added to a pool of ideas. Due to the variety of ideas, however, the relevance of an idea or its implementation are not notified.

How do I get my rewards?
After the innovationChallenge and after the examination by the jury the winners are notified by email. The premium will be paid usually on your account. If winners have a foreign account the premium is possibly received through other instruments. The winners will be informed in advance accordingly.

Can I submit multiple ideas?
We would be delighted if you participate in all competitions, and enter all the ideas you have. Please always use one and the same account.

Is there a minimum age to participate?
Since our iChallenges may be directed to a potential commercial exploitation you must, in order to participate, have completed 18 years of age. If you are not yet of legal age, your parents or other authorized representatives must be informed about the participation and receive the premiums. Furthermore, you must submit to us an appropriate consent after the completion of the iChallenge.

Can I enter my ideas anonymously?
To participate in an innovationChallenge the confirmation of the Terms and Conditions is required. For this and for the reward must be ensured that your name and identity correspond to reality and are not fictitious.