15th Annual Aerial Evolution Association of Canada Student UAS Competition 2024

Welcome to the prestigious 15th Annual National Student UAS Competition, proudly hosted by the Aerial Evolution Association of Canada (AEAC). We are thrilled to open the doors to this exhilarating event, extending a warm invitation to university and college teams from all corners of Canada. This remarkable gathering provides a platform for aspiring talent to shine as industry Bidders, showcasing their innovative prowess through sub-scale prototypes of Urban Air Mobility Systems (UAMS) tailored for Big City Urban Areas.

At AEAC, our values extend far beyond technological frontiers. We are steadfast in our commitment to fostering Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) within the commercial drone industry. Our dedication transcends mere technological advancements; we are resolute in constructing an inclusive and equitable platform that amplifies and celebrates the diverse talents and contributions of every individual.

The competition consists of two phases. Phase I required Bidders to submit their proposals outlining UAMS design concepts and plans by January 15, 2024. Phase II, the operational demonstration, will take place May 24 – 26, 2024 at the Centre d’Excellence sur les Drone (CED) in Alma, Québec, where Bidders will showcase their UAMS prototypes in actual flight scenarios.

Announcing Phase I Winners

The winners of this year’s Phase I – Design Paper Competition 2024 are:

 🥇 1st place:      University of Waterloo – Team WARG

 🥈 2nd place:     University of British Columbia (UBC) – UBC UAS

 🥉 3rd place:      University of Toronto – UTAT UAS 

 Congratulations to all the winners!

The Phase II – Flight Assessment will take place at the Centre d’excellence sur les drones (CED) in Alma, Quebec, from May 24th to 26th, 2024. 

Due to high participation levels, there is an initial limitation on the number of students per team we can accommodate at CED Alma @ 8 members per team. 

  • Payment for the first 8 Team members is due by April 12, 2024.
  • Payment for Phase 2 of the competition for each student is $312.00 plus taxes (QC taxes) per each student and can be made through the following link: https://buy.stripe.com/14k9DDef1dxha8UcMN
  • Once the number of teams are confirmed additional team member spots will be made available to the Team captains. 
  • Please refer to your Team Captain Instructions sent by Sue (Jan 24 – 2024)

Eligibility and Collaboration: Encouraging Diversity of Expertise

To be eligible for the competition, all competitors must be enrolled either part-time or full-time at a Canadian College or University for the Fall 2023 and/or Winter 2024 terms. We highly encourage teams to embrace diversity by comprising students from various academic years, ranging from first year to graduate programs. Our goal is to promote collaboration and diversity of expertise, encouraging a holistic approach to problem-solving.

Moreover, we welcome joint teams consisting of students from multiple institutions, enabling meaningful collaboration between universities and colleges. Embracing diversity in team composition strengthens the fabric of innovation, fostering an environment where different perspectives and backgrounds converge to create groundbreaking solutions.

We invite all participating teams to embrace our DEI focus as they prepare for this year’s competition. Let’s work together to build a more inclusive and equitable industry, ensuring that every voice is heard and celebrated in the journey of aerial evolution.

To learn more and register your team for this year’s competition, please contact us at [email protected]. For complete details check out the CONOPS below. 

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