About the challenge

RoboTech is a unique kind of hackathon, focused on building robotics projects with a real world impact. Students will participate in one or more of the competition tracks: Design, Robot Body, Circuitry, and Software. The Design track will be a presentation of your idea to a panel of judges, while the other three will be more traditional hackathon project submissions with a project expo. You are free to participate in only the Design track, only another track, or any combination! This year, RoboTech's challenge is to create a project focused on sustainability.

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Requirements

What to Build

Design Track:

Create a presentation describing your innovative solution to a creative problem. Your project will be judged according to the feasibility of implementing your idea as while as how it's potential impact and creativity are communicated.

Other Tracks:

Create a project in your track that contributes to solving a unique problem related to sustainability. Your submission will be judged according to your project's execution, complexity, contribution to sustainability, and creativity.

What to Submit

Design Track:

In-Person Participants - Submit your presentation materials to DevPost and schedule a time slot on April 3rd to present to the judges in person.

Virtual Participants - Submit your presentation materials to DevPost and schedule a virtual time slot on April 3rd to present to the virtual judges.

Other Tracks:

In-Person Participants - Submit a description of your project's function to DevPost and a <90 second video demonstration, as well as any relevant files, such as photos, source code, and CAD files. Additionally, you must participate in the Project Expo at 11:30 AM April 3rd in order to receive judging.

Virtual Participants - Submit the same requirements for in-person participants. However, your video must be 2-3 and demonstrate the full functionality of your project in order to receive judging for a virtual submission.

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Prizes

$44,900 in prizes

1st Place

Each winning team member will receive an iPhone 13, automatic entry to Startup Launch, and the opportunity to partner with GT IEEE Innovation Team to receive funding and guidance on developing their idea into a startup.

2nd Place

Each winning team member will receive an iPad, priority interviews to Startup Launch, and the opportunity to partner with GT IEEE Innovation Team to receive funding and guidance on developing their idea into a startup.

3rd Place

Each winning team member will receive a Quest 2, priority interviews to Startup Launch, and the opportunity to partner with GT IEEE Innovation Team to receive funding and guidance on developing their idea into a startup.

Design Track (3)

We are looking for the best pitch, the most feasible project, and the future of sustainability and robotics.

1st Prize - Each winning team member will receive a Home projector and priority interviews to Startup Launch.

2nd Prize - Each winning team member will receive an Echo dot.

3rd Prize - Each winning team member will receive an AirTag.

Body Track (3)

We are looking for the most feasible project, the future of sustainability and robotics, and the most technically comprehensive project in the body catgory.

1st Prize - Each winning team member will receive a Home projector and priority interviews to Startup Launch.

2nd Prize - Each winning team member will receive an Echo dot.

3rd Prize - Each winning team member will receive an AirTag.

Electrical Track (3)

We are looking for the most feasible project, the future of sustainability and robotics, and the most technically comprehensive project in the electrical catgory. It should employ the use of circuity.

1st Prize - Each winning team member will receive a Home projector and priority interviews to Startup Launch.

2nd Prize - Each winning team member will receive an Echo dot.

3rd Prize - Each winning team member will receive an AirTag.

Software Track (3)

We are looking for the most feasible project, the future of sustainability and robotics, and the most technically comprehensive project in the software category.

1st Prize - Each winning team member will receive a Home projector and priority interviews to Startup Launch.

2nd Prize - Each winning team member will receive an Echo dot.

3rd Prize - Each winning team member will receive an AirTag.

[Texas Instruments] Most Sustainable Hack

The hack that we believe could be implemented in the real world and solve problems surrounding us in the field of sustainability.

Each member of the winner team receives JBL Speakers as well as power banks. Also, receive an opportunity to chat with TI Engineers and Recruiters for future career opportunities.

Top 8 Prizes (8)

[Texas Instruments] Most Creative Hack

The hack that we believe truly thinks out of the box and approaches problems from a unique perspective.

Each member of the winner team receives JBL Speakers as well as power banks. Also, receive an opportunity to chat with TI Engineers and Recruiters for future career opportunities.

[Texas Instruments] Most Accessible Hack

The hack that we believe solves a problem in sustainability while being accessible to all communities.

Each member of the winner team receives JBL Speakers as well as power banks. Also, receive an opportunity to chat with TI Engineers and Recruiters for future career opportunities.

[Qualcomm] 1st Prize

[Qualcomm] 2nd Prize

[Qualcomm] 3rd Prize

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Judges

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Judging Criteria

  • All - Sustainability
    To be sustainable means to meet our needs in the present while not compromising the capability of future generations to meet their own needs. Do the goals of the project make a meaningful attempt at nurturing sustainability?
  • All - Ingenuity
    Does the project have an interesting or creative problem it’s trying to solve? Is the project itself an interesting or creative solution to a problem, or employ clever thinking in its design?
  • Design - Execution
    How much of the project scope was clearly conveyed? How were visual aids and data used to justify choices? How well did the presenters communicate their ideas?
  • Design - Feasability
    Does the proposed design concept have a potential to be used in the future? Have steps been taken to determine the viability of the idea?
  • Design - Impact
    Will the proposal have a positive impact on the lives of people/the world? What problems does their concept serve as a potential solution for? Are the implications of the design clearly communicated?
  • Body, Circuitry, Software - Execution
    How much of the project scope was completed as planned? How well does the project perform the task(s) the competitors designed it to do?
  • Body, Circuitry, Software - Complexity
    How technically demanding were the implementations in this project? How many different technologies did this project bring together, and how well were these integrations done?
  • Body, Circuitry, Software - Learning
    What new skills did competitors have to learn in order to finish their project? What new technologies did they need to learn to work with? How far out of their comfort zone did they need to go while working on different aspects of their project?

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