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IET Hong Kong Branch


Technical Sponsors

IEEE logo 

IEEE Hong Kong Section Robotics and Automation/Control Systems Joint Chapter

The IEEE Oceanic Engineering Society

Venue Sponsors

MATE logo
Information on the MATE International ROV Competition

 Manuals for the 2014 Workshops

Basic ROV
Introductory Powerpoint
Wiring and parts

Advanced Workshop
Advanced Electronics
The IET/MATE Hong Kong Underwater Robot Challenge 2016

11th Hong Kong/Asia Regional of the MATE  International ROV Competition

Dates: 16-17 April 2016
(note new date)

Venue: to be announced

From the Gulf of Mexico to Jupiterís Moon Europa:  ROV Encounters in Inner and Outer Space

Details are at

Once again The Institution of Engineering and Technology, Hong Kong (IET HK) is the organiser of the Hong Kong Regional Contest. IET HK is the largest overseas branch of the UK's largest professional engineering institution, and also the world's largest professional engineer awarding body. The Contest is co-organised with HKUST.

The  Marine Advanced  Technology  Education (MATE)  Centre  (located  in  California,  USA),  in association  with the  Marine Technology Society's  ROV Committee,  has  been  organising  the International Remote Operated Vehicle Contest  for the past twelve years.  This is aimed at school, college and university  students. The winners in Hong Kong will go to the International Finals in Houston, Texas, USA in June 2016. Some sponsorship is available to assist winning Hong Kong Ranger teams in going to the International Contest.

This year we will again also invite teams from around Asia to take part on the final contest day so that they can qualify for the MATE International Contest in the USA in June 2016.

In addition to being fun and educational, these competitions connect  students  and  educators with professionals from marine industries, and those involved with marine conservation, as well as  to promote the development of technical, problem  solving,  critical thinking, and teamwork skills.

Schools teams in Hong Kong and Macau are invited to take part in workshops where they will be given an ROV kit, shown how to design and construct it, and which can then be used as the basis for the contest ROV. We will also run a number of advanced workshops for those teams interested in sensors, electronics and control of ROVs, as well as project and mission planning.

This year there will be a  registration fee following MATE Centre guidelines. This will be HK$1000 and will be collected at registration. The ROV workshops and the advanced electronics workshops are not  compulsory as in previous years, although teams new to the contest are highly recommended to join one. The briefing session is free to all schools interested in learning more about the competition.

So far nearly 100 schools have taken part in the event in Hong Kong, with nearly 500 schools taking part each year around the world.

In 2016 we will not only be running the Explorer and Ranger class mission, but also Scout. Scout registration is open until the end of March. Explorer and Ranger till the end of January. Note: The Scout contest in Hong Kong is different from the MATE Scout contest.
Schedule for 2016  Competition
 (Some dates and venues to be confirmed - TBC)

24 October 2015 

14 November 2015

28 November 2015

5 December 2015

Mid-January 2016

Mid-January 2016

Mid-February 2016

16-17 April 2016

23-25 June 2016
10.30 am - 12.00 pm
Room P1402, AC1, City University of Hong Kong

9.30 am - 12.30 pm
ISF Academy, Pok Fu Lam

2.00 pm - 4.30 pm
ISF Academy, Pok Fu Lam

9.30 am - 12.30 pm
ISF Academy, Pok Fu Lam

2.00 pm - 4.30 pm
ISF Academy, Pok Fu Lam

9.30 am - 12.30 pm
Room G1301, AC1, City University of Hong Kong

2.00 pm - 4.30 pm
Room G1301, AC1, City University of Hong Kong





NASA Neutral Buoyancy Labs, Houston, Texas, USA
ROV Contest Briefing Session For Teams

Basic ROV Workshop 1

Basic ROV Workshop 2

Basic ROV Workshop 3

Basic ROV Workshop 4

Basic ROV Workshop 5
(If required)

Basic ROV Workshop 6
(If required)

Advanced Electronics Workshop 1

Advanced Electronics Workshop 2

Arduino programming, motor control and PCB layout design

11th IET/MATE Hong Kong Underwater Robot Challenge

International ROV Contest

Registration Fees for 2015/16 (To be confirmed)

Basic ROV Workshop (Includes Basic ROV)
FREE for first school team
HK$1000 for second school team

Advanced Electronics Workshop (Includes camera and other electronics)
FREE for first school team
HK$500 for second school team

Registration Fee for Hong Kong ROV Contest
HK$1000 each team
Arduino Programming Workshop (includes Arduino development board)
FREE for up to two students from each school

Note: All teams MUST register for the HK ROV Contest to qualify for free workshops

Video of the 2013 Hong Kong contest

Click here to play video

Video of the 2012 Hong Kong contest Click here to play video


To be confirmed

 Educational Sponsors

Hong Kong Environmental
Robotics Education Association