UV Robot Design Contest

with Micron
Robots are cool and so is ultraviolet C (deactivates bio-organisms). Design a robot that uses UV light to combat COVID-19 and pathogens.

Total prize pool of $21,000+

UV Robot Design Contest
UV Robot Design Contest
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Other questions

Did I win the contest? When will I receive my prize?

If you are a winner, we will contact you directly via email to arrange the shipment of your prize.

I submitted my project but it says "Awaiting moderation". Will it affect my eligibility?
As long as you submit your project before the deadline it doesn't matter when it is moderated. Just sit back and enjoy a well deserved break!
My project is locked and I can't edit it anymore. Why is that?
All projects entered in the contest are locked after the submission deadline to ensure that they remain the same during the judging process. They are then unlocked after winners are announced.
Somebody copied my entry! What can I do?
When judging entries, we take into account the submission date. When an entry is clearly plagiarized from another, we favor the original entry. If you believe the result of the judging is unfair, please email us at uvrobot@micron.com to appeal.
What are the entry requirements?

To be eligible for judging, you must meet ALL of these requirements unless otherwise stated:


  • Your team has no more than 10 members per entry.

Hardware/Software Design

  • Your project must be an open-source design for an Ultraviolet Germicidal Irradiation (UVGI) robot.
  • Your project must be your original work and you must expressly make your design, your project documentation, and your resource files (schematics, code, CAD) available under the CERN-OHL-P V2 license (available at https://ohwr.org/cern_ohl_p_v2.txt).
  • Identify all hardware and software requirements. Are they open source? If not, find replacements.

Project Documentation (Submitted in English)

  • Your project must include a project name, short project description, cover image, bill of materials (BOM), operations instructions, images, and relevant resource files (schematics, code, CAD, calculations).
  • Provide a technical abstract containing a maximum of 800 words. The abstract and support documentation shall cover all aspects of the UV-C light and robot design, including features, capabilities, and innovations.
  • Visual illustration(s) shall be formatted as a PDF, GIF, JPEG, PNG, DWG, Inventor, Solidworks, or Solid Edge.
  • Upload at least three visual illustrations. Approved file types include PDF, GIF, JPEG, or PNG. Visual illustration(s) should complement the entry description and can be drawings, photos, charts, or CAD images.

Provide specifications and technical details for:

  • The ultraviolet radiation (UV) dose and threshold limit value (TLV) calculations – Reference data
  • The UV-C dose calculation - Reference UV calculator
  • The Design Requirements Document
  • The component specification sheet the component example details/dimensions)(provide component, drawing, specifications, details)
  • Software platform(s)
  • Navigation and guidance platform(s)
  • Safety features
What are the judging criteria?

Your project will be judged according to the following rubric:

Functionality (40 points)

  • Is the robot safe to operate? Does it operate via remote programming and/or autonomous navigation within rooms and other spaces? Detect items in the environment for its own operation and the safety of operators? Shut off when motion and/or heat, etc. is detected?
  • When motion is sensed, does exposure remain under the TLV (Threshold Limit Value) before the UV source shuts off?
  • Is the robot fully autonomous when UV irradiation is being performed?
  • Can the robot deliver a UV irradiation kill dose reaching of 25mJ/cm^2 in five minutes or less within six feet?
  • Does the robot have full 360-degree movement?
  • Is data generated for sanitized spaces and lamp bulb life? Can the unit operate for long periods of time without charging? Can batteries be easily swapped out when depleted? (Please specify mean time between charge)
  • Are the UV bulbs protected from collision damage?
  • Is the robot expected to be durable and relatively maintenance free? (Were quality parts chosen for the design?) (Provide proof of quality of parts)
  • Is it small and maneuverable? Can it maneuver in standard bathrooms? (consider stall doors (2ftx2ftx6.5ft WxLxH)?

Manufacturability (40 points)

  • Is it designed to be manufactured using readily available components and software? Does it use a minimal amount of custom components and software?
  • Is the design cost-effective and quickly manufactured?(Provide reasons/documentation)
  • Does the Bill of Materials (BOM) total less than 10,000 USD?
  • Is the documentation easy to follow, aiding in the manufacturing process?
  • Are the building materials (including required software), readily available in quantities enabling volume manufacturing?

Innovation (20 points)

  • Does the design implement new ways of doing things? Does it proving efficiency, effectiveness, manufacturing, or drive costs down?
What are the prizes?
Grand Prizes
  • 1st Place: $10,000 USD
  • 2nd Place: $5,000 USD
  • 3rd Place: $2,500 USD
Engineering Innovation Excellence
  • (4) Micron 2200 Series 1TB M.2 NVMe Solid State Drives ($420 value)
Best in Automation and Control
  • (4) Micron 2200 Series 1TB M.2 NVMe Solid State Drives ($420 value)
Best in Safety Features
  • (4) Micron 2200 Series 1TB M.2 NVMe Solid State Drives ($420 value)
First 25 Qualified Contest Entries
  • Micron Swag ($100 value) (25 are available)
What are the steps to enter the contest?

Step 1: Register for the Contest

  • Start by creating a free account on Hackster.io (or sign-in if already a member).
  • Register for the contest by clicking “Register as a participant”.

Step 2: Build and Document Your Project

  • Build your project according to the submission requirements.
  • Document your project build using Hackster’s project template. To create a new project, click “create new project” on the contest page or the “+” symbol in the top right corner of your Hackster page.

Step 3: Review and submit your project

  • Review your project and make sure it meets all the submission requirements.
  • Upload a previously created project by clicking “add existing project” on the contest page.
  • Submit your project by Aug 30, 2020 at 11:59 PM PT by clicking “review and submit project” on the contest page.
What is the contest timeline?

Contest begins:

June 4, 2020 at 9:00 AM PT

Submissions close:

August 30, 2020 at 11:59 PM PT

Winners announced:

September 14, 2020

When will winners be announced? Where can I see the list?

Contest winners will be announced on September 14, 2020. The list of winners will be visible on the main page (Contest brief).

Who is eligible to participate?

You are eligible to enter if you meet the following requirements at the time of entry:

  • You are at least 18 years of age
  • *You are not a resident of Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, the Crimea region, or Syria
  • You are not an immediate family member or household member of an employee at Hackster.io, Micron Technology, Inc. (“MTI”) or any of MTI’s affiliates (MTI and its affiliates, “Micron”)

*US export regulations include broad prohibitions involving the export of goods, technology, software, and services to the countries listed above. As a result, residents of these countries are not eligible to participate in this challenge.

Could you please summarize the all the steps from registration to winning?

1. Register on Hackster.io and meet all  eligibility and general requirements for the contest.

2. Build and document your project using the general requirements and Hackster.io project template. Follow directions in "How to Enter"

3. Follow the rules in Micron's UV Robot Design Challenge and make sure your project meets all submission requirements.

4. Upload a created project by clicking "add existing project" on the contest page.

4. Submit your project by August 20, 2020 11:59 PM PT by clicking "review and submit project" on the contest page.

5. Wait for the winning decision September 14, 2020!

How can I connect with other team members to build a team?

You can enter as a team of no more than five members.

The following requirements must be satisfied to participate in this contest as a team:

  • Your team must choose one individual (the “representative”) to speak for, act, and enter a project submission on behalf of your team.
  • Each individual team member must meet ALL of the eligibility and contest requirements outlined in the full rules.
How many entries can I submit?

Each individual can only submit one entry as either an individual or as part of a team.

How many winners are there?

There are multiple winners! The first 25 win Micron swag! Enter early!

There 3 main grand prize winners! 

The additional categories are:

   Best Automation and Control

   Engineering Innovation Excellence

   Top Safety Features

How will the winners be notified?

Winners will be notified by email/Hackster.io.

Is it free to join the challenge?

Yes it is not only free, you can win prizes!

What are the prizes?

Prizes are listed on the Contest Overview

Early entrants win $100 Swag Bags!

3 Categories worth $400 each in SSDs!

3 Main prizes worth $17,500!!!

Who are the judges?

The judges are a group of SME's (Subject Matter Experts) who have knowledge in robotics, engineering disciplines, research and development, and manufacturing.

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