One of the world’s most renowned robotics events, Robotex International, took place for the 22nd time on the 17 – 18 of November at Unibet Arena, Tallinn. Competitors, students, college students, families and enthusiasts all gathered to build robots, compete and see the newest technological advances.  The festival hosted 14 different competitions with 887 competitors from 26 countries – Italy, Cyprus, Greece, Turkey, Poland, South-Korea, China, Lithuania, Hungary and more. The greatest number of competitors were from Turkey, Greece, Cyprus and Estonia, who were represented with more than 100 competitors per country. The team ItLug from Italy won the most podium positions, as they won I, II and III place at the Folkrace competition. At the Robotex EXPO area, visitors were able to see the robotics and engineering solutions of various companies and universities. The partners present were: the Estonian Aviation Academy, TalTech, TTK University of Applied Sciences, Stoneridge Electronics, Schbot, RoboMiku, 3KGroup, 3D Koda, Argo, AirJump, Studentsatellite program, TalTech Automotive Sports Club, Cufa Drift RC, ProtoFactory, kood/Jõhvi and SK-ID Solutions in cooperation with CTF-Tech.

 

The youngest competitors got to compete at Robot League and presented their works on the theme “My Car Free City”. This year, there were nearly 800 kids from 162 teams. Besides Estonians, there were children from Turkey, Cyprus, Belarus and China. This year the competition was hosted in cooperation with the Tallinn Green Capital initiative, which aims to bring the focus of the city more towards the people and include various companies and nonprofits in order to support environmentally friendly solutions. The theme for Robot League was inspired by the Tallinn Green Capital initiative.

 

The festival also hosted workshops, with more than 400 attendees. The most popular workshop was the TalTech flashlight building workshop, where many attendees got their first experience at soldering. “The workshops were especially popular on Saturday. Attendees ranged from kindergarteners to senior citizens. Around 10 fans worked their way through all workshops in 2 days. Naturally, we were very happy to see so many attendees this year!” said the Robotex Head of Workshops Juta Asuja.

 

Nathan Metsala, the CEO of Robotex International said the following: “We are incredibly pleased with Robotex this year. The vast number of competitors from so many countries is an indication to us that engineering and robotics continue to be globally important fields of interest. In addition to the large number of competitors and attendees, we are very grateful to our wonderful partners. I am personally happy with our organizational team and owe a great deal to our hard working volunteers, who helped us make the vision for 2023 a reality. We are proud and we can confirm that Robotex 2024 will be even greater – this past weekend was only the beginning!”

 

Robotex International 2023 was organized by the non-profit Mittetulundusühing Robotex. The supporters and partners of Robotex this year were:

TalTech, TTK University of Applied Sciences, the Estonian Aviation Academy, Stoneridge Electronics, the city of Tallinn, Tallinn Green Capital Initiative, Unibet Arena, FunTimes OÜ, CTF-Tech, Nexpo, Schbot, Airjump, Eesti Teadus- ja Huvihariduse Liit, Reminet, Argo Kirjastus, Junior Achievements Eesti, 3K Group, 3D Koda, Reminet, Balsnack, Tere AS, Kadarbiku, Raisio, Saku, Corny, GKR Trade, InGame, Proto Science Museum, Mustamäe keegel.

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