Frequently Asked Questions

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Information on this page:
The Event
COVID Safety
Information for Teams
Information for Attendees

The Event

What is SciRoc?

SciRoc stands for Smart Cities Robotics Challenge. It is a major Robotics competition that takes place every 2 years in a Smart City within Europe.

Where is the event taking place?

This year the event will take place in Bologna, Italy at the beautiful and historic Palazzo Re Enzo located in the main square and heart of Bologna.

When is the event taking place?

The event will take place from the 6th – 10th September, 2021.

Will the event be physical or virtual?

Both! Some teams will join us in person in Bologna and some will compete remotely. Members of the public are invited to watch the competition live at Palazzo Re Enzo, however we will also stream the event online for anyone who would like to watch but cannot join us in person.

COVID Safety

What COVID safety measures are in place?

We will follow the restrictions put in place by the venue and any restrictions relating to hospitality and events enforced by the Municipality.

We request that all attendees of the event wear masks, and adhere to social distancing. We will allow spectators at the event, but we will limit numbers to that allowed by the Municipality at the time, and will ensure social distancing measures are in place and enforced at the venue.

We are working with an external company who will take charge of cleaning measures at the venue, ensuring frequent cleaning/disinfecting protocols are followed throughout the event.

Do I need to take a COVID test to enter the event?

All team members, staff, volunteers and spectators will require a Green Pass to access the venue. The pass will attest that the holder has either received at least one dose of the vaccine, has recovered from the disease or tested negative in the previous 48 hours. It is free to obtain for all European Citizens.


What restrictions are in place for traveling to Italy?

Restrictions vary depending on the country you are traveling from. It is the responsibility of participants to ensure they adhere to any restrictions and have the necessary documentation to travel into Italy. We advise that all participants check their Government website, and the Italian Government website to clearly understand the requirements and restrictions in place before traveling.

Do I need a visa to enter Italy?

Visa and entry requirements vary depending on the country you are traveling from and your reason for travel. We advise that all participants check their Government website, and the Italian Government website to clearly understand any visa and entry requirements before traveling.

What accommodation options are available in Bologna?

There are plenty of accommodation options in and around the city. For a full list of discounted accommodation options please refer to our information page.

How do I get to the venue?

Please see our information page for details on getting to the venue.

Information for Teams

I am bringing my own robot to Bologna. Where should I send it?

Teams are responsible for shipping robots and equipment to and from the event venue. Robots can be shipped directly to Palazzo Re Enzo using the following address:

SciRoc 2021 Event
Bologna Welcome Srl
Piazza Maggiore 1/e – 40124 Bologna

For more information on shipping and dates please refer to our information page.

When do I need to arrive?

The event will begin on Monday 6th September. Teams should arrive on this day ready for the general rehearsal on Tuesday 7th September.

When will the event finish?

The competition will conclude on the afternoon of Friday 10th September. The awards ceremony will take place in the evening on this day. This will conclude the SciRoc competition. See our schedule for full details.

Information for Attendees

Can I watch the competition?

Of course! The event is open to everyone and free to attend. The competition itself will take place on Wednesday 8th, Thursday 9th and Friday 10th September. Come and meet our teams and their robots, and observe the latest in European Robotics. We encourage you to chat to our teams, experts and global sponsors and we will have staff on hand to explain each challenge and answer any of your questions.

If you cannot make it to Bologna then there is no need to miss out! We will be live streaming the event right here on the SciRoc website.

Do I need to reserve tickets for the event?

The event is free to attend. More information on how to access the event in Bologna will be provided here soon. We will limit attendance numbers based on the restrictions in place at the time of the event.

Where can I stream the event?

The live stream will be available here. Links to the stream will be posted to this page at the start of the event. Tickets and/or registration is not required. Just click the link and you’re ready to watch!

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