The Grand Challenge Series of munich_i is an international competition in robot manipulation

Robothon® will take place digitally
from April 29 to May 29, 2022!

Are you a motivated robotics enthusiast looking for new challenges?


Robothon® is an international competition and benchmarking event for measuring state-of-the-art performance in robot manipulation.

Teams compete using a robot platform to autonomously execute a series of hand-picked manual tasks inspired by real world industry challenges across multiple sites.

The Robothon® is a network for professional experts and academic researchers to collaborate together on pressing economic challenges.

is to be an active part of the AI.Industrial.Revolution and to create the „AI.Factory for the Circular Economy“ together!

Electronic waste continues to accumulate and, consequently, so does the amount of precious and toxic materials entering landfills; unless properly disassembled and sorted. This work is repetitive, dirty, and dangerous which makes it a great use case for automation and robotics.

With our challenge, we want to offer young talents and academics the chance to actively participate, get discovered and shape the future of robotics in science & industry.


Gather a team of up to 2 – 4 and apply 

Receive your own task board

Work on the challenge for 4 weeks

Present your results

Win cash prizes

Solve industrial real-world problems


April 5
April 29
May 29
June 2 - 3 & 7 - 8
June 9
June 21
Deadline for your application
Digital Kickoff Meeting & Start of Robothon®
Deadline for your submission
Live Presentations to jury
Jury Decision Meeting
Award Ceremony


Judith Gerlach
"We are facing two major challenges. First, how can digital technologies like Al and robotics transform our life for the better. And second, how can we protect our beautiful planet. For me, these goals are not opposed to each other, but must be considered together. I am very glad and proud to see the Robothon® and all participating teams demonstrate how this can work!"
Judith Gerlach
Bavarian State Minister for Digital Affairs
Patron of Robothon®
"It is an honour and a pleasure for me to serve as a jury member for Robothon®. The now applied Competition e-waste disassembly between Humans and Robots is a new important field."
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Gerd Hirzinger
Former Director of DLR´s Institute of Robotics & Mechatronics
Kragic, Dani-2019-2
"Robothon® is an excellent example of how we can engage researchers in demonstrating the potential of robotics to the community at large."
Prof. Dr. Danica Kragic
Director Center for Autonomous systems, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Jury member
"This year’s Robothon® challenge adresses both, the key challenge of future automated waste sorting and the key role AI plays in sensor data fusion, skill development and trusted execution in shared robot human environments. The challenge therefor is a valuable contribution solving actual society needs and acceptance of trusted technologies."
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jürgen Grotepass
Huawei Technologies Düsseldorf GmbH, Germany
Jury member
"I was impressed by the performance of all the teams. In a very short time, these young bright minds have created amazingly robust and also creative solutions. As I am currently putting together a new team, I would especially like to give all participants a chance at possible dissertation positions."
Prof. Dr. Elmar Rueckert
Chair of Cyber-Physical-System Montanuniversität Leoben, Austria
Jury member

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