The era of humans is at an end. The future belongs to robots.

Year 2042, Turku, Finland. Technology has begun to surpass the human imagination. Factories and laboratories are fully automated. The hidden research facility of Dvergar co. is working on brand new small-scale robots with advanced AI capabilities. Naturally, something is bound to go wrong.

Next spring, 120 hackers, cyborgs and mad scientists will gather together at an hidden robotics facility to guide the robots to safety and steal their secrets! Robot Uprising is a real-world, hands-on engineering and design challenge, a 48 hour robot hackathon race held on May 11th to 13th in a secret location at Turku, Finland.


Build your bots and lead them through a twisted race track with five brain-racking challenges that will push you to the limit. Remember to do it faster, smarter and better than all the rest! The showdown on Sunday will be casted in an eSports style.

Monolith or Wormhole mean anything to you? Want to know more about the challenges? Be smart and you might find out what’s ahead when the clues are revealed.


Whether you're a college student, a techie, or a regular robot enthusiast, bots don’t care, as long as you bring them salvation! Prior experience with programming is desirable, but not required. This is a perfect chance to build up your skills and exercise your liberating powers!



Competitors will form teams of four to five. Come with an existing team or on your own.
Team Assembly is a team-building / matchmaking event where teams under five can find more team mates, and solo daredevils find or form a team.

Final team compositions are also registered to our scoring system at Team Assembly. Make sure at least one of your team members can make it on site. Time and location of the Team Assembly will be announced on the spring of 2018. 

After registering your team, you'll have a change to explore the Lego NXT hardware used during the competition.

All participating teams will also be divided under four leading Constructors. The Constructors will provide their teams with support, special challenges and a concrete place to work at during the competition.

Join forces and fight side by side with your fellow teams under the same constructor to destroy your competitors!


Team Assembly Turku will be held before the competition, on [DATE] at [VENUE, BOOST?], Turku, [TIME].


Team Assembly Helsinki will be held before the competition, on [DATE] at [VENUE, TIEDEKULMA?], Helsinki, [TIME].


You will be armed with Lego Mindstorms NXT 2.0 kits, containing three servos, two touch sensors, an ultrasound distance sensor and a colour/light sensor. Earn credits by solving additional challenges and mod your robot with new parts.

The teams will be able to pick up their programmable NXT unit early on the week before the competition. Setting up the environment requires some elbow grease, so it's recommended to be done beforehand to save some time on the weekend.

The NXTs will come running java based leJOS. Further instructions and support for setting up and programming leJOS will be available. It's possible to set up various other environments, but that'll be up to you.




The robots will be ranked based on their design, programming and speed. Any extra credits you’ve earned will be converted into points at the end. The victors will be rewarded with nefarious prizes!  


2 5 0 0 €

Other surprize prizes from partners for best performances on different challenges.















All we ask is you use the parts provided. Aside from that, all bets are off and the bots are at your mercy!

Caught up on a competitor? Engage! Go evil, be sneaky and terminate others with your tricks. If you manage to smuggle in a drone to carry your robot, then go ahead. We’ll pretend we didn’t see it.


Join the uprise and book your ticket:
Application period opens in March.





Robot Uprising is held at Airo Island, an active innovation hub promoting robotics, artificial intelligence and automation in Finland. The venue is located in Vanhakaupunki, Helsinki, next to the Museum of Technology.






Robot Uprising 2017 was organized on August 25th to 27th at Airo Island, Helsinki.

Watch the aftermovie on the left and see the rest of the photos here.




Robot Uprising 2017 Aftermovie

Robot Uprising 2017 aftermovie is out! Thank you for participating and see you next year.You can find the final score board below in the comments.PS. The application period for 4UNI is still open for a week! Hope to see you hackers there.

Julkaissut Robot Uprising 24. syyskuuta 2017

Robot Uprising 2017 was organized on August 25th to 27th at Airo Island, Helsinki.

Watch the aftermovie on the left and see the rest of the photos here.