Robot Platforms

Everyone can build a robot

There are 2 types of robot platforms in the Education Challenge: Open Platform (OP) and Standard Platform (SP).

Teams in Open Platform use custom build robots for the challenge events. The challenge’s development focus is on both hardware and software designs. Currently there are 2 reference robot platforms as below that we are using in our learning workshop, but you are free to build your own robots for the challenge.

Teams in Standard Platform use a standardized robot platform - Pepper robot from SoftBank Robotics in the challenge events. The development focus is mainly on software design.

Open Platform (OP)


An open source heavily customized TurtleBot2 system for AI-focused robotics education and service robotics development. Completed with open source software framework, application sample codes and learning courseware, the robot system is an ideal learning platform for: autonomous navigation, visual perception, speech interaction, mobile manipulation, AI, machine learning and cloud computing.



MARRtino is a ROS-based low-cost differential drive robot platform that comes in many shapes.

MARRtino has been designed to be easy-to-build and easy-to-program, but at the same time it uses professional software based on ROS. It is thus suitable to implement and experiment many typical Robotics and Artificial Intelligence tasks, such as smart navigation, spoken human-robot interaction, image analysis, etc.


Standard Platform (SP)

Pepper (SoftBank Robotics)

Pepper is a robot designed for people. Built to connect with them, assist them, and share knowledge with them – while helping your business in the process. Friendly and engaging, Pepper creates unique experiences and forms real relationships.