Project Arduino is a competition that’s designed to give an insight into what it’s like to work at Thales. Students were asked to build their own Thales-inspired project using Arduino, and create a video to promote it. This gave them the opportunity to work with some cutting-edge technology and win some big prizes in the process.
From all of the entries, one team from each of the countries participating in Project Arduino; China (including Hong Kong), France, the Netherlands, Singapore, the UK and USA was chosen to represent their country in the global final, the public vote. The top three teams with the most votes progressed to the next stage, where a jury of selected Thales employees decided which team should be crowned global winners of Project Arduino 2016/17.
Congratulations to Team DroneShell from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in the USA for winning Project Arduino 2016/17! DroneShell are a team well deserving of the championship title as they skilfully applied their knowledge of Thales to design and develop a solar-powered drone landing platform, designed to service autonomous delivery and reconnaissance drones in remote locations, which could be applicable to our work in Smart Cities and Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR). We were particularly impressed by the amount of thought that had gone into the reliability and redundancy of the project during operation, which demonstrated the maturity of the idea and that it was a complete solution. We also liked how they incorporated software, hardware and mechanical engineering which were well presented in their very engaging video.