Global Cloud Robotics Hackathon 2013
We are pleased to announce the 2013 edition of the Global Cloud-Robotics Hackathon! This year we made some changes to the formula, but fear not, the hackathon still involves robots and the cloud.
What is staying the same?
The main objective of the event is to allow newcomers and seasoned roboticists alike to create robotic applications that use the power of the cloud. In order to facilitate this, we are providing resources and help to all of those willing to participate.
What is changing?
Last year, we restricted the hackathon participation to groups of people gathering in one place and participating to the event at the same time. This space-time restrictions seem outdated, especially for a cloud-based event. This is why, this year, we have no physical gathering restrictions or strict time synchronization requirements for participants. Also, we are not providing free robotics kits this year since now robots are more accessible and more people have them. Instead, we are giving away 3000$ in cash prices to the top three projects!
For those who still need robotic starter kits, we are providing RobotShop discount coupons to make them accessible to everyone.
Is there a theme?
Last year, the main idea of the hackathon was to get people started in cloud-robotics by introducing the concept and by allowing them to play with the possibilities.
This year, we will be focusing on one of the applications of cloud-robotics: remote monitoring. This means using the robots’ connection to the cloud to help humans stay informed about the status of their robots (e.g. to know how well they are accomplishing a task, or if they encountered problems along the way).
Monitoring through MyRobots.com?
If you already used MyRobots.com, you know that it can be a bit cumbersome to do remote monitoring right now. That will very soon change with the release of new monitoring features (what a coincidence!). With these new features, you will be able to receive alerts in several ways to keep you informed on the status of your robot.
Enough mystery! Tell me all the facts.
During the National Robotics Week (from April 6th to April 14th), we invite everybody wanting to get involved in the future of robotics to participate to the Global Cloud Robotics Hackathon. The participants will have one full week to complete and submit their projects to be judged according to the event’s evaluation criteria.
In order to participate, simply register your project idea by filling the registration form. As a result, you will receive a discount RobotShop coupon that you can use towards getting the official MyDFRobotShop Rover Kit (especially suited for connecting to MyRobots.com, the first social network for robots).
Ideally, you should start making your project on April 6th at the beginning of the National Robotics Week. However, there is no way for us to prevent you from working on it beforehand. Nevertheless, keep in mind that we have access to something called The Internet and that we will not tolerate plagiarism or just a reposts of an old project. We do accept improvements on an older or ongoing project.
The project submission deadline is April 14th (23:59 UTC). By the end of that day, in order to be eligible to win one of the three cash prices, each team (or individual participant) must have submitted:
- A project synopsis (preferably with pictures)
- The code used in the project
- A video demonstration of the project
The top three most awesome projects will be awarded with 3000$ in cash! The prizes are awarded as follows:
Also, all robotics applications submitted are eligible to be listed at the MyRobots Appstore where they can live, be sold or given away.
Am I eligible?
If you can ask yourself that question, then you are. Basically any human or intelligent enough AI can register an idea and participate.
Of course, if you participate in a team, you will increase the chances of producing an increasingly awesome project and thus winning.
But I really want to gather with other hackers!
Meeting other like-minded hackers is indeed fun. That is why we will be organizing video hangouts where all participants can meet and interact with each-other throughout the National Robot Week.
If you really want a more traditional hackathon where you synchronize with other humans and attend the same physical location, then do it! We encourage hacker groups to gather and hack along in their local communities, universities, hacker-spaces, houses, sheds, bunkers, etc.
Make sure you register your gatherings so they can be displayed in this year’s locations page.
I still have questions
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