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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: Tsueng 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 for Hong Kong and Macau teams, end of February for teams from outside Hong Kong and Macau. 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 *
Ranger Class Mate Official Rules*
HK Scout Class (Organized by IET HK on 18-19 April) For Primary 4 to Secondary 3 (Suitable For Beginners) Scout Class Design Guideline (updated on 13 Feb 2015) *
HK Scout Class (Organized by HKUST on 28-29 March) By Invitation Only - HKUST SENG GCE

* Please note:

1) 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.

2) The HK Scout class contest is different from the MATE Scout contest. Please see linked documents for details.

3) 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 18-19 April 2015 

From      To          Event


18-Apr   08:00     12:00     Venue setup

               10:00                    Teams arrive: registration starts

               10:30                    Team access to workstations

               11:30     12:00     Team safety briefings

               12:00     12:30     Opening ceremony

               11:30     17:00     ROV safety checks

               13:00     17:00     Trial runs

               14:00     17:00     Poster Judging


19-Apr   08:00     08:30     Venue preparation

               08:15                    Teams arrival

               09:30     16:00     Contest

               09:30     13:00     Technical Presentations

               16:30     17:00     Press interviews

               17:00     17:30     Closing ceremony

               17:30     19:00     Move props and electrical/electronic                                                 equipment

Teams taking part in 2015 contest

Hong Kong
R01 American International School
R02 Chinese International School
R03 German Swiss International School  #1
R04 German Swiss International School  #2
R05 Hong Kong International School
R06 Hong Kong International School
R07 King George V School
R08 King George V School
R09 Kwok Tak Seng Catholic Secondary School
R10 Kwok Tak Seng Catholic Secondary School
R11 La Salle College
R12 Po Leung Kuk Ngan Po Ling College
R13 now S15 St. Paul's Secondary School
R14 now S16 St. Paul's Secondary School
R15 Shau Kei Wan Government Secondary School
R16 The Sha Tin Government Secondary School
R17 ISF Academy
R18 ISF Academy
R19 Robotics Service Junior

Outside Hong Kong  

R21 Bangkok Underwater ROV Official Club (BIS)
R22 Concordia School Shanghai
R23 Macau Anglican College
R24 Macao Pui Ching Middle School #1
R25 Macao Pui Ching Middle School #2
R26 Singapore American School #1
R27 Singapore American School #2
R28 Sekolah Robot Indonesia

HK Scout  
S01 Macao Pui Ching Middle School #1
S02 Macao Pui Ching Middle School #2
S03 Hong Kong International School
S04 St Josephs Anglo-Chinese School
S05 The Endeavourers Leung Lee Sau Yu Memorial Primary School
S06 Salesians of Don Bosco Ng Siu Mui secondary School
S07 Salesians of Don Bosco Ng Siu Mui secondary School
S08  ISF Academy
S09 Lock Tao Secondary School
S10 Our Lady Of The Rosary College
S11 Hong Kong & Kowloon Chiu Chow Public Association Secondary School
S12 Hong Kong CCCU Logos Academy
S13 Yan Oi Tong Tin Ka Ping Secondary School
S14 Yan Oi Tong Tin Ka Ping Primary School
S15 was R13 St. Paul's Secondary School
S16 was R14 St. Paul's Secondary School

Hong Kong
E01 Chinese International School
E02 City University of Hong Kong
E03 HK PolyU
E05 CMA Secondary School 

Outside Hong Kong

E06 Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
E07 Nanjing University Jinling College
E08 Nanjing Institute of Technology
E09 Bogor Agricultural University
E10 Bogor Agricultural University
E11 Institut Teknologi Bandung

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

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

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