[Skip to Content]

Judging, Finalists & Winners


  • Entries will be evaluated by a panel of judges consisting of industry experts, analysts and members of the media. The judges will be appointed by AUVSI, in consultation with others as deemed appropriate.
    • This year we have judges from the following outlets:
      • AECOM
      • Arizona State University
      • ASTM International
      • Cherokee Nation Strategic Programs
      • DroneTalks
      • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
      • FIXAR
      • Grant Guillot, LLC
      • Just Innovation
      • Murzilli Consulting
      • NUAIR
      • NWC
      • P3 Tech Consulting
      • Robotic Research | RR.AI
      • The MITRE Corporation
      • University of Hawaii at Manoa
      • University of Maryland, Clark School of Engineering at USMSM
      • University of Rhode Island Ocean Engineering
      • USNI
      • Velodyne Lidar
      • Zipline
  • Judging is scheduled to begin in late-February and be completed by late-March.
  • The panel of judges will evaluate and score your solution based solely on your online entry.
  • Categories will be evaluated based on unique criteria. Please visit the following pages for details:

Finalists & Winners

  • Up to five top entries in each category will be named finalists in that category.

  • Finalists will be notified and announced prior to AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2022. All finalists will not be winners.

  • Finalists with the highest qualifying scores will be the winners of that category.

  • Winners for all categories will be selected prior to AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2022 and will be announced during the event.

  • Winners will be announced on two separate occasions, see Awards Ceremonies for more details closer to event.

  • First, second and third place winners will receive a prestigious trophy as well as an electronic promotional toolkit containing a press release template, photos and electronic file of the “XCELLENCE Award Winner” logo which may be used in collateral materials, website, emails etc. to promote your winning status.

  • First Place winners will be invited on stage during each ceremony to accept their award and for a photo opportunity.

  • Subject to sponsorships received, up to three highest-scoring entries for the Humanitarian and Public Safety Awards will win a cash donation. This cash donation will be given to each winner, or to a charitable organization designated by the winner (subject to approval of the organization by AUVSI).

  • All winners will be announced through social media and through a press release that will be issued the day of the awards ceremony.

See the complete AUVSI XCELLENCE Awards 2022 Rules & Regulations