Second SciRoc Challenge 2021

The second edition of our Smart City Robotics Challenge (SciRoc) will take place in the beautiful city of Bologna, Italy from the 6th – 11th September 2021. SciRoc will be an exciting but socially-distant event where teams can get together to compete.  Don’t let worries about Covid-19 travel restrictions stop you from applying – we have plans to mitigate against further restrictions if they occur.

This year, the challenge will be focused around the theme of ‘Smart Inclusion’ and, as with our first SciRoc event, will be divided into a series of episodes, each consisting of a task to be performed through addressing specific research challenges.

View the full SciRoc brochure here.


The following episodes will form part of our second SciRoc Challenge. Please select an episode for details and access to the full rulebook.

E01: Coffee Shop

E02: Sign Language Generation / Interpretation

E03: Shopping Cart

E04: Delivery of Emergency Equipment

E05: Shopping Pick & Pack

Our webinar series for each episode is presented by our organising team and aims to introduce the episode, explain how participation will work, and answer any questions. Our webinar series is now complete. A recording of each webinar can be viewed here.

Registration is now closed

Registration for SciRoc 2021 is now closed. See our full list of participating teams here.

PAL Robotics Loan

We encourage all teams to bring your own robots to Bologna to compete in the competition. We can help with the logistics of transporting and securely storing your robots and equipment. Full details will be released in the coming weeks.

If you want to participate but don’t have your own robot then PAL Robotics has you covered! PAL Robotics will once again sponsor our Smart City event, and offer teams the opportunity to loan a TIAGo robot and Hey5 hand, at a reduced price, to participate in episodes 1 and 2 of the challenge. For full details visit the PAL Robotics website.

Important dates and a detailed schedule of the competition will be released in the coming weeks. Stay tuned for more exciting updates or follow us via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest news!

If you have any questions regarding SciRoc 2021 please get in touch. You can also check out the highlights from our 2019 event here.