MassRobotics announces the Form and Function Robotics Challenge with a grand prize of $25,000, along with $5,000 prizes for second and third place and a $5,000 Audience Choice award. This challenge calls for university teams or individuals to create a robotics or automation project that delivers a compelling form factor specific to its tasks while accomplishing a useful function. The challenge is open to participants from around the globe, and encourages cross-collaboration between state-of-the-art software and hardware providers including MassRobotics strategic partners Onshape, Lattice Semiconductor, Nano Dimension, Danfoss, FESTO, Novanta, and Analog Devices.

Offerings include:

FPGA technology with their solution stack for a machine Vision Camera

Cloud-native CAD platform


3D printed circuit boards and design review

Vacuum Gripper kit, Electrical Actuators and Smartenance software


Drives, Inductive position encoders, RFID

Remote Control and PLUS+1 Controllers


Time of Flight Sensor

The challenge requires selected applicants to utilize the offerings from a minimum of two of the seven partners. Examples of the offerings available to participants include Lattice’s Machine Vision Camera, access to Onshape’s CAD software and ADI’s ToF(Time of Flight) sensor. Judges will score on a number of factors and criteria including:

  • Does this inspire?
  • Does this impress?
  • Originality
  • Use of partner technology
  • Problem-solving
  • Impact
  • Durability
  • Reliability
  • Overall execution

Applications to participate in the challenge open on December 12, 2022 and close on February 3, 2023. An informational webinar will be held on December 14, 2022.

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Selected teams will be announced on February 10, 2023. Once teams are selected, they will be provided technical support in the form of software, hardware, expertise and regular check-ins with the Challenge’s sponsoring partners. Teams have until May 5, 2023 to develop and complete their projects and will have the opportunity to present their work at the Robotics Summit on May 10 and will be awarded on May 11.

“PTC is proud to provide free EDU accounts on Onshape ┬«, its cloud-native product development platform, to students and makers for the MassRobotics Form and Function Challenge,” said Jordan Cox, SVP of PTC Education. “With Onshape, participants can leverage industry standard product design and development tools, accessible from any device, anywhere, anytime.”

“Thanks to this challenge organized by MassRobotics, Lattice Semiconductor is excited to provide FPGA technology and machine vision cameras to be used in potential products of the future developed by creative students around the world.” – Kevin Tzitzon, Senior Director Of Sales at Lattice Semiconductor

“We are thrilled to support the Form and Function challenge. MassRobotics’ design challenges provide an opportunity for Analog Devices and other partner companies to learn about how our technology can be adopted in robotics and automation. Student teams get an opportunity to learn about Analog Devices as a company, as a potential future employer or as a potential future supplier,” Natalie Brown, Analog Devices

“This is an opportunity to show the world how you can create a unique, cutting-edge project that solves a challenge with robotics and automation, while also looking spectacular,” said Russell Nickerson of MassRobotics. “It’s a chance for academic teams and innovators to showcase new technologies, and how software and hardware from MassRobotics’ partners can further advance these technologies.”

Find further details and apply here.

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About MassRobotics

MassRobotics, a non-profit robotics innovation hub and incubator, is the result of the collective work of a group of engineers, rocket scientists, and entrepreneurs with a shared vision to create a strong, vibrant robotics and IoT ecosystem in Massachusetts, United States. MassRobotics’ mission is to help create and scale the next generation of successful robotics and connected devices companies by providing entrepreneurs and innovative robotics/automation startups with the workspace and resources they need to develop, prototype, test and commercialize their products and solutions. See www.massrobotics.org for details.

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