Arduino / Distrelec: Automation & Robotics Contest

Making, Manufacturing, Driving the 4.0 Revolution

Invite others to compete



Until June 29th micro contests will be organized with prizes from Seeed Studio and RND


Project submissions open:

April 23, 2018 at 7:10 AM PT

Deadline to apply for free devices:

June 29, 2018 at 11:59 PM PT

Project submissions close:

September 16, 2018 at 11:59 PM PT

Winners announced by:

October 1, 2018

Contest brief

How can you help advance Industry 4.0 using the Arduino ecosystem? From robots and predictive maintenance to remote control and data acquisition, we're challenging you to create innovative solutions that can make the industry faster, cheaper, more flexible, and efficient.

Explore all of the Arduino ecosystem's potential — boards, libraries, and online platform — to rapidly prototype your Industry 4.0 applications!

First, choose from our wide range of IoT boards with WiFi (MKR1000 and Yún Rev2) and GSM/narrowband connectivity (MKR FOX 1200, MKR WAN 1300, and MKR GSM 1400) to develop your industrial automation projects, all available from the Distrelec Shop. Then, use Arduino Create to set up, control, and connect various Arduino, Intel, and Arm-based devices all together.

Need a little inspiration for your project? Examples of industrial automation projects include:

  • Remote control
  • Energy management
  • Remote monitoring
  • Predictive maintenance
  • Machine safety
  • Home security

Prototype advanced robotics systems by controlling motors, actuators, and sensors using feature-rich boards like the Arduino Mega and Arduino Due. Examples of robotics-related projects include:

  • Surveillance drones
  • Robotic arms
  • Rovers
  • Collaborative robots
  • Cartesian robots
  • Autonomous transportation

Winning projects will be selected based on their originality, quality, creativity, and social impact. These top entries will be awarded with:

And remember, projects must use an Arduino board in order to be eligible to win!

Ready to get started?

1. Create a free account on (or log in if you are already a member).

2. Register for the contest by clicking "Register as a participant.”

3. Send your concept to the Arduino/Distrelec: Automation & Robotics contest by June 29, 2018. Top 150 Makers will receive a 75€ voucher for the Distrelec Shop .

4. Design, build, and submit your project on this page by September 16 2018.

Submissions should include:

  • A detailed description: What are you building? What does it do? How does it work?
  • Story and quality images
  • Video demonstrations, if applicable
  • Clear instructions
  • BOM and schematics
  • CAD files, if applicable
  • Winners will be announced on this page October 1, 2018