Gold and silver medal for KoNaR at RobotChallenge 2017

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Tournament hall – Zhongguancun National Independent Innovation Demonstration Zone Exhibition Center

On Monday, August 7th our representatives returned back to Poland from RobotChallenge 2017 championship which took place in Beijing, China, with two medals: silver for the second place in Line Follower competition and gold in Freestyle becoming the World Champions.

Rafał Cymiński with his Navy robot

RobotChallenge is an international robotic event organised since 2004 in Vienna, Austria. This year the championship was moved to Beijing. The tournament took place in Zhongguancun National Independent Innovation Demonstration Zone Exhibition Center in Haidian District, between 4 and 6 August 2017.

1976 contestants from 26 countries competed in the event. 1318 robots were presented in 15 competitions, some of which were further divided into three separate age brackets: Junior (contestants born after 1 September 2004), Senior (contestants born before 1 September 1998) and Adult (no age limit). Pupils from Chinese primary schools made a large part of the players. They mostly took part in competitions for robots made of Lego.

KoNaR’s robot Navy won a silver medal in Line Follower Adult competition with track time of 4.77s – just 0.07s more than the winner.

Robotic Chessboard received a great attention from both coaches and contestants and won a gold medal in Freestyle Exhibition Adult competition with enormous lead over other constructions. The project gathered 78.2% of points, whereas silver medalist got 64.8%. Area around the chessboard was full of young contestants fascinated with this magical device.

Surprised faces of viewers summed up our entire work. Especially children, who could watch the entire chess game and „magic” moving of chessmen, were the ones who made us smile – says Daniel Semkowicz – project coordinator.

Robotic Chessboard during Freestyle presentation

Leader of organisational affairs Piotr Matuszak: It was a great opportunity to get in touch with roboticists from around the world. The event gave us a chance to exchange experience with other contestants and showed us how universities and organisations from other countries support individuals as well as interest groups involved in development of this branch of science.

Our robots and the way we build them were very intriguing for other contestants. They were often writing down our website address to seek information about our projects. We were even asked about an admission process at Wroclaw University of Science and Technology. Also, taking Robotic Arena promotional materials was a good choice because large number of RobotChallenge contestants were interested in taking part in our tournament – says Mateusz Michalak, Leader of Student Interest Group „KoNaR”.

A total number of 18 members of „KoNaR” took part in direct preparations for RobotChallenge 2017:

  • Piotr Matuszak,
  • Mateusz Michalak,
  • Dominik Kędzierski,
  • Rafał Cymiński,
  • Wojciech Wałowski,
  • Daniel Semkowicz,
  • Szymon Jasak,
  • Piotr Portasiak,
  • Tomasz Kozłowski,
  • Michał Burdka,
  • Artur Danielski,
  • Kamil Bęś,
  • Łukasz Chojnacki,
  • Kornel Koszela,
  • Aleksander Sil,
  • Łukasz Maliszewski,
  • Marcin Maliszewski,
  • Damian Biernat.

We would like to extend our gratitude towards all who contributed in preparations and made our attendance in RC2017 possible – says Dominik Kędzierski, Leader of financial affairs of Student Interest Group „KoNaR”. Organising a trip to Beijing was a huge challenge – if it weren’t for you, we wouldn’t be able to attend the championship.


RobotChallenge 2017 – Line Follower Final – Navy – YouTube


Freestyle Exhibition Adult    
Line Follower Adult    
Line Follower Enhanced Adult
Micro Sumo
Mini Sumo (no on-line results)

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