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Drone-industry leader DJI is launching its fifth international robotics competition and engineers from around the word are all invited to compete for more than $100,000 in cash prizes.

The fifth annual RoboMaster Competition is open to all universities and students with a passion for engineering and technology.

“What’s unique about the RoboMaster competition is really the experience participants go through during the nine months of teamwork, constant problem-solving and putting their theoretical learnings to the test,” said Roger Luo, President at DJI.

“The competition is a great platform for young engineers to demonstrate their skills and showcase robotics in an entertaining and engaging way. More importantly, what they learn here might one day lead to real-life applications and solutions that could bring positive changes to the world.”

In July, a team from South China University of Technology took home the top prize, beating out nearly 200 other teams comprised of 10,000 engineers.

“It has been an exciting and fruitful experience for the team in the past nine months. RoboMaster gave us the opportunity to put theoretical learning into practice, to play with cool technology and to create something real,” said Wenhui Chen, team captain of the South China University of Technology. “To see our robots coming to life and being able to compete with so many different teams is an amazing feeling.”

Rules

  • Participating teams must submit engineering proposals and achieve certain technical milestones during preparation of their robots.
  • Each successfully shortlisted team will have an opportunity to develop ground and aerial robots using advanced technology from DJI.
  • Robots are made up of various key components which may include motors, electronic speed controllers, industrial cameras, photoelectric sensors, semiconductors and microcontrollers.
  • With their fleet of robots, each team must create a strategy to triumph against their opponent inside the RoboMaster Arena.

The final round will be held in DJI’s home city of Shenzen, China. The grand prize is $75,000 for the winning team, $45,000 for second place, and $15,000 for third.

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