Competition & Sponsors


"Disassembling and sorting e-waste"

  • Electronic waste continues to accumulate and, consequently, so does the amount of precious and toxic materials entering landfills; unless properly disassembled and sorted. This work is repetitive, dirty, and dangerous which makes it a great use case for automation and robotics.

  • With our challenge, we want to offer young talents and academics the chance to actively participate and shape the future of robotics in science & industry.

  • We aim to enable fair competition through standard classes of robot systems for teams to develop robotic skills toward robots autonomously disassembling and sorting electronic waste. A multi-step competition task has been selected for teams to demonstrate their skills and robot platform capabilities.

Be an active part of the AI.Industrial.Revolution

and create the “AI.Factory for the circular economy“!

The Munich School of Robotics and Machine Intelligence (MSRM) develops robotic skills to promote intelligent machines in the circular economy. MSRM is collaborating with partners through the EU Horizon 2020 Project ReconCycle to enable robotic self-reconfiguration in unconstrained factory environments to process electronic waste. Read about MSRM's role on our institute website. Learn more

What´s NEW?

The Robothon® 2021 goes DIGITAL!

Why? Our vision is to offer all international academics and young professionals the chance to participate in Robothon® 2021 despite the pandemic and travel restrictions!

From 22-24 June 2021 munich_i and this year's automatica sprint will take place - as a temporary solution to the regular automatica 2022 - in a hybrid version. In order to enjoy a wider reach and to meet the demand of international teams, we decided to hold the Robothon® 100 % digital.

Therefore, we put our heads together and came up with a new, exciting concept for the digital realization!

Team Applications are CLOSED!

Team evaluations are IN PROGRESS...



Button Press

Teams must program their robot to press a button on the board. Each button press earns a point.


Peg in Hole Port Insertion

Teams must program their robot to insert the plug into the receptacle. A fully seated plug earns a point.


Key in Keyhole

Teams must program their robot to pick up a key and insert into the keyhole. Turning the earn to close the switch will earn a point.


Battery Removal

Teams must program their robot to remove batteries from a battery case. Each battery removed will earn a point.


Battery Recycling

Teams must program their robot to press a button at the bottom of a hole using a battery from Level 4. Each button press earns a point.


  • Email us to get your own competition task board.

  • Use your own robot platform to solve the challenge

  • Teams need to program their robot to autonomously carry out 5 levels of increasing difficulty

  • Teams must demonstrate the ability to extract batteries to develop robotic skills relevant to the e-waste industry

  • Team solutions' are graded using a point-based scorecard set by our

Grand Challenge Jury


Restrictions on Robot Platforms:

  • Actuators: Only fixed, single arm robot manipulators will be permitted.

End of arm tooling will not be restricted. (Subject to approval)

  • Sensors: No restrictions

  • Compute: No restrictions

Competition Task Board

  • Selected teams will be mailed a competition task board to use with their own robot platform.

  • The task board consists of 5 common items found in an industrial plant representing skills a robot platform may need to interact with in an e-waste material handling plant.

  • Prior to starting a trials, teams will be asked to move the task board to a random location on velcro strips on the table in front of the robot to prevent pre-programming fixed motion paths.

  • Teams should develop their robot platform to move the task board from its starting state to the goal state without any human intervention. Details will be sent to the selected teams.

  • Points are awarded for each progressive step the robot platform achieves

  • Equal number of points will be distinguished by competition time (faster is better)

Task Board Scoring

  • Task board scorecards will be sent to teams at the start of Robothon® in May.

  • Teams will be graded using an uncut video (max. 10 min) of their robot performing their solution on their task board.

  • Final assessments of solutions must be witnessed by a member of the jury and organizing committee during an appointed time slot over a video.


  • Once a trial has started the robot is expected to complete the entire set of tasks autonomously. Each human intervention will incur negative points for the teams final trial score.

  • No more than 2 attempts during the live evaluation with a judge will be permitted.

  • Trial runs will have a maximum run time of 10 minutes.

Still have questions? Write us at

Follow Along the Journey - Competition IoT Task Board Web Dashboard


Get detailed information about the realization: Robothon® Timetable 2021


The jury consists of international professors from renowned universities as well as experts from the business world.

The role of The Grand Challenge Jury:

  • Select qualified teams

  • Evaluate teams' performance

  • Determine the winners


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Together we achieve more attention for such unsolved problems in today's world!

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