Luke Bannister, a 15-year-old from the United Kingdom, has won the first ever World Drone Grand Prix hosted in Dubai. Bannister and his team will also be walking away with a $250,000 cash prize. The competition took place in March 11-12 and featured over a 150 teams from all over the world. During the competition, like many other amateur events, the pilots wear virtual reality headsets and maneuver their specialized drones through a race track.
Unlike other drone competitions the Grand Prix in Dubai offers up to a $1 million in cash prizes across several freestyle and racing categories. Out of 15o teams the competition was narrowed 32, then 16. According to GIZMAG.com Luke Bannister’s Tornado X-Blades Banni UK team beat out a team from Dubai and German to claim the first place prize. The competition’s host also used the event to announce the launch of the World Future Sports Games which is set to take place in December of 2017. This competition will feature driverless car racing, robotic soccer, running and drone racing, the aim of this completion is to promote innovation and more research with technology.