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Build your own robot control software and win up to $10,000!

Department of Commerce - National Institute of Standards and Technology

Total Cash Prizes Offered: $17,500
Type of Challenge: Software and apps
Submission Start: 01/27/2020 12:00 AM ET
Submission End: 05/10/2020 12:00 AM ET


The Agile Robotics for Industrial Automation Competition, ARIAC, addresses a critical limitation of robots used in industrial environments like factory floors: they are not as agile as they need to be. Many robots are not able to quickly detect failures, or recover from those failures. They aren't able to sense changes in their environment and modify their actions accordingly. Programming these robots for even the simplest tasks takes time and effort. Help solve this problem by coding your own robot control system (software) that can outperform everyone else's in a simulated environment! Compete to win up to $17,500 in cash prizes and the opportunity to showcase your solution at a future robotics conference. Timeline for Competition is expected to be as follows:

  • Registration Open : Now Through April 2020
  • Competition Qualifier: April 6-10, 2020
  • Competition Finals: May 11-15, 2020


1st Place
Cash Prize Amount: $10,000

2nd Place
Cash Prize Amount: $5,000

3rd Place
Cash Prize Amount: $2,500


Review the Official Rules and documentation at the ARIAC Website.

Judging Criteria

Review the Official Rules and documentation at the ARIAC Website.

How To Enter

  1. Register at the ARIAC Website
  2. Start coding! Review the Official Rules and documentation available at the ARIAC Website to design your own robot control software.
  3. Compete in the Qualifiers in April 2020
  4. High-scoring teams will be invited to compete in the Finals May 11 – May 15, 2020

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