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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 2015

10th Hong Kong/Asia Regional of the MATE  International ROV Competition

Dates: 18-19 April 2015

Venue: Tsuen Kwan O Swimming Pool

St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada 25 - 27 June 2015

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 St. Johns, Newfoundland, Canada in June 2014. Some sponsorship is available to assist winning Hong Kong Ranger teams in going to the International Contest.

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.

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 Canada in June 2015.

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$500 and will be collected at registration. This year we have sponsorship from IET to allow one Ranger or Explorer team from each school to attend the workshops free of charge. 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 80 schools have taken part in the event in Hong Kong, with nearly 500 schools taking part each year around the world.

In 2015 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.

The HKUST Robotics Team offers a HKUST ROV Mentoring Scheme to one or two Hong Kong high school students to work with HKUST ROV team to provide them a long term learning platform and to nurture their interest in science and technology. For details, please click here and you may also contact for further enquiries.

Explorer Class Open to Secondary School, Tertiary Institution, and University Mate Official Rules IET HK
Ranger Class Mate Official Rules*
Scout Class (Organized by IET HK on 18-19 April) For Primary 4 to Secondary 3 (Suitable For Beginners) Design Guideline


Updated On 09th March 2015
Scout Class (Organized by HKUST on 28-29 March) By Invitation Only - HKUST SENG GCE

*Please note: The Ranger class contest in Hong Kong will only be running TWO out of the THREE missions as described by MATE. We will NOT be running the Offshore Oil Field Production and Maintenance mission. We will only be running Science under the ice, and Subsea pipeline inspection and repair.

The Explorer class contest will run all three missions.

Notes for teams taking part in the Hong Kong Contest

a) Ranger and Explorer class teams will need to complete all parts of the communications submissions as outlined in the MATE mission documents. We will be needing a report, to be emailed to the judges ten days before the contest - details will follow later. Also there will be a technical evaluation. We will also require a poster. This will follow MATE guidelines as to size, but will be stuck on a wall, not be free standing. This will also be judged.

b) Scout teams will need to give us an individual team member self evaluation. We will circulate the template for this at a later date. Scout teams do not need to do a technical report, poster or engineering evaluation.

c) Ranger and Explorer will follow MATE rules on safety to the letter. All ROVs will need to pass a safety check before they can enter the pool, even for testing. The safety regulations are on the MATE web site. We will remind teams of these requirements closer to the contest date; but please ensure that you take these safety guidelines into account when designing your robot, as modifications on the day may not be enough. We will prepare separate guidelines for Scout.

d) The Scout missions and requirements are different to the MATE ones. This information will be circulated to all Scout and Ranger team soon

e) As this contest will be taking place in a public swimming pool please do not count on having any secure overnight storage.

f) We will be working with a local hotel to see if we can get good room rates for the contest. More information later for the overseas teams.

g) If support letters are required for visa applications please let me know as soon as possible so we can get them to you in time.

h) All teams registered with the Hong Kong Regional MUST also register with MATE as well. Please do this at

Schedule for 2015  Competition
 (Some dates and venues to be confirmed - TBC)

8 November 2014 
10.00 am - 13.00 pm
Room 2503, HKUST (Map)
ROV Contest Briefing Session For Teams [2]

Introduction to HKUST Mentoring Scheme [2] (Details)

22 November 2014

22 November 2014

22 November 2014

10.00 am - 12:30 pm
Room 3007, HKUST (Map)

12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Room 3007, HKUST (Map)

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Atrium, HKUST
Basic ROV Workshop [1][3]
(Basic Tools)

HKUST ROV Mentoring Scheme - 1-day "Get-to-know-each-other" Visit [1][3]

Visit of preliminary round of HKUST Robot Contest [2]
6 December 2014

2:00pm - 5:00pm
EF402, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Basic ROV Workshop [1][3]
(Basic Tools)
10 January 2015

11 January 2015
10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Room 3115, HKUST (Map)

10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Room 3115, HKUST (Map)

Advanced Electronics Workshop [1][3] FULL

Advanced Electronics Workshop [1][3] Cancelled

(Basic Tools)
24 January 2015 
10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Room 3115, HKUST (Map)
Advanced Programming Workshop [1][3]

7 February 2015
9.30 am - 4.00 pm
Room EF 402
Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Advanced Electronics Workshop [1][3]
(For teams who could not attend the same workshop on 10 January 2015)
(Registration form)
28 - 29 March 2015 

Full Day
Venue: HKUST
Scout Class Competition Organized by HKUST

18 - 19 April 2015 

Full Day
Venue: Tsuen Kwan O Swimming Pool
Asia Regional/Hong Kong Final, International ROV Competition [3]

25 - 27 June 2015
International ROV Contest
St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada [3]

[1] Every participant is required to bring a packed food (suggested food list). We will gather those food and send it to food bank later.

[2] Open to public.

[3] For registered / qualified teams only.

Registration Fees for 2014/15

Basic ROV Workshop (Includes Basic ROV)
FREE for the first school team (Ranger and Explorer Class)
HK$800 for second school team

Advanced Electronics Workshop (Includes camera and other electronics)
FREE for the first school team (Ranger and Explorer Class)
HK$300 for second school team

Registration Fee for Hong Kong ROV Contest
HK$500 each team
Advanced Programming Workshop (includes Arduino development board)
FREE for the first school team (Ranger and Explorer Class)

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

Registration Form Download

Video of the 2013 Hong Kong contest

Click here to play video

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

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