IEEE, IEEE China & UBTECH Education(Shenzhen)Co., Ltd

IEEE: IEEE is the world's largest engineering organization with more than 420,000 members in over 160 countries. It is committed to promoting the theory and practice of electrical, electronic, electrical power, robotics and automation, computer science, and technological innovation for the benefit of mankind.

UBTECH Education(Shenzhen)Co., Ltd: UBTECH Education is an education solutions provider of robots and AI technology that covers from preschool to college including R&D in software and hardware, curriculum design, competition organization as well as training for teachers. UBTECH Education is committed to creating a scientific education system to engage students in lifelong learning, creative thinking and development of crucial abilities in society-preparing them for future careers.


1. Each team shall consist of 2 to 5 students. At least one team member shall be an IEEE student member. Students do not need to be engineering or computer science majors. We encourage multidisciplinary team participation.

2.Each team must have a mentor.

3.To receive an invitation to participate, teams should fill complete an application and submit project plans to the website. The project plans require:
1)Brief introduction of your team.
2)What are your team's design goals for the Alpha 1 + Raspberry Pi platform? (Design requirement details are provided in the attachment Challenge Topic Description.pdf)
3)What does your team hope to learn during the process?
4)Why do you think your team can win the challenge?
The plan can be completed in English or Chinese. You have the option to include a short video. Chosen teams will receive a UBTECH Alpha 1 robot, a Raspberry Pi platform, and 500 RMB to purchase other equipment.

4.The timeline is devided in 3 stages:
1)Stage 1: Submit preliminary plan by April 30 to receive hardware platform
2)Stage 2: Projects will be reviewed in early July and invitations to the finals will be sent by the end of July
3)Stage 3: Successful teams will be invited to Shenzhen to participate in the finals at the beginning of August.

5. UBTECH ROBOTICS and UBTECH Education have the right to utilize the design works submitted by the teams in any form. If UBTECH ROBOTICS or UBTECH Education produce products based on a team's design, the relevant participants will receive compensation for each product sold.

Awards Prize

Platinum team, 30,000 RMB

Gold team, 10,000 RMB

Silver team, 3,000 RMB

All teams who submit design work will receive a participation certificate from the competition organizers.


UBTECH Education Competition Center


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Mar 1st-Apr 30th Apply and submit project plan
Before May 15th Competing teams receive the hardware
May 1st-Jul 2nd Submit projects
Before Jul 23th Invitations to the finals sent to selected teams
Early August Finals competition and awards ceremony.


Current undergraduates, postgraduates, and doctoral students can join IEEE as student members by creating an account at  Fill in your personal information and select “Student Membership” to add to your online shopping cart.  Credit cards are accepted.
If you have any questions, please contact IEEE China
There are no quantitative restrictions on teams.  Project plan proposals will be reviewed, and only approved projects will receive hardware and funding.  Teams have until April 30 to modify plans; after that date, plans will no longer be available for modification.
Raspberry Pi 3 model B. For specifications, please check on the official website: 
Alpha1 communication protocol can be found on the UBTech official website:
Teams are only allowed to use one Raspberry Pi card, but they can use extra processors as needed.
Teams are allowed to spend additional money on materials, but it is not encouraged.  In real world situations, budgets must be closely followed.
Yes, teams are encouraged to use extra hardware.
Yes, but teams are encouraged to use wireless charging to power the robot.
Undergraduate, postgraduate, and doctoral students are all eligible to participate.   The team should consist of two to five members, and at least one team member must be an IEEE student member.  If high school students are interested in participating, please contact IEEE China.