Nearly 600 robotics students competed at the International Robotics Festival Robotex


From 5th to 7th November, the international robotics event Robotex International was held for the 20th time at Saku Suurhall in Tallinn. Competitors, students, students, families and otherwise robotics enthusiasts came together to build robots, compete and learn about the latest developments in technology. This time the festival had 13 competitions and 600 competitors. There were 21 different countries represented, including Cyprus, India, Italy, usa, Turkey, Madagascar, Azerbaijan. About 1,500 visitors attended Robotex this year.

The most popular competition of Robotex, Lego Sumo, was won this year by Lithuanian team JBG Robotics in the older age bracket. Only five of the thirty robots passed the most complex competition, which was TUUL enhanced linefollowing, and the first place was won by the Polish team SKaNeR. Estonian team Rakke robotics came fourth. The largest number of medal places went to the Cyprus team Laouris. For Estonians, the most successful competition was the Pipedrive Girls Firefighting competition, where Estonia had a triple victory and the first place was won for the second year in a row by Katariina Kukk, a high school student from Tallinn Secondary School of Science.

Ave Laas, CEO of Robotex: “Despite the difficult times, robotics enthusiasts showed very high levels of competition. It was noticeable that in the intervening period, their knowledge has been improved and exciting new solutions have been conceived. Excitement was shared in every age group. Robotex was a good opportunity to test themselves again in a long time, and the robots were able to measure against each other again. I am pleased that we have also managed to offer spectators the opportunity to cheer with them. It’s very important to the contestants.’

In addition to competitions, the three-day festival also featured a traditional technology exhibition, where its latest state-of-the-art products and services were demonstrated by the Aviation Academy, Cleveron, Starship, Schbot, TalTech, Tallinn University of Technology, Comodule, etc. This time, the focus was on autonomous machines and electromobility, and mobiles developed and manufactured both in Estonia and abroad were represented. One of the additional objectives of expo this time was to introduce interactive technology solutions and entertainment to school children. To do this, the festival had a separate area where both newer and old familiar interactive VR and console solutions could be tested.

In parallel, the virtually held Robotex International conference also took place, with industry, the digital state and education being the main themes this year. In three days, specialists from their fields who have years of experience in their field met in Saku Suurhall. There were speakers from the USA, Mexico, India, China, Cyprus and Estonia. The conference was attended by interested parties through the Elisa Stage platform.

The conference can also be rewatched at

Workshops for both small and big robotics enthusiasts have always been an integral part of Robotex. For three days, visitors were greeted by technology and robotics workshops put together by Robotex’s good partners.

Under the guidance of the Flight Academy, it was possible to build a robot and try out how a newly resurrected robot solves a given task. Unique keychains were made from the leather used in the interiors of the planes, and the participants competed in the design of the paper planes. On the subject of air flights, the discovery could also continue in TalTech’s drone flying workshops. In addition, exciting Folckrace robots were made in TalTech’s room, visitors played with augmented reality robots, and developed their own business ideas. The ProgeTiigrid of the Education and Youth Board was present, with the opportunity for all interested parties to test floor robots, make a periscope, and also discover the world of virtual reality. Under the guidance of the Digipurk, line-following cars and fir trees with flashing lights were prepared to create a Christmas mood, and exciting programming workshops were also provided by Edukoht.

Robotex International 2021 was organized by NGO Robotex. This year Robotex partners were TalTech, Aviation Academy, Schbot, Comodule, Tuul, Tallinn University of Technology, 3K Group, Cleveron, Stoneridge Electronics, Digipurk, Starship, Eesti Elecster, Baltic Steel, 3DKoda, Robomiku, Candy Bomb, RedBull, Playtech, Elisa Stage, funTIME, code/Jõhvi, Pipedrive, Saku Läte, Tele2, media partner Postimees Grupp.

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