21st Robofest World Championship

Coronavirus Impact on Robofest

IMPORTANT INFORMATION - March 12, 2020    Due to the COVID-19 Coronavirus situation, the 2020 Robofest World Championship scheduled for May has been canceled.  A decision to possibly reschedule the event for the fall will be made and announced in April.  Individual Site Hosts have the final decision to host or cancel their events and teams will be notified as changes occur.

Coronavirus Announcement 3/13/2020

Coronavirus Announcement 3/20/2020

Tentative Daily Schedule (PDF)


  Lawrence Technological University, 21000 West 10 Mile, Southfield, MI 48075 directions to LTU

  • All events are open to the public and admission is free.  

Registration Fees:

International teams:

  • ​Each team must pay $50 registration fee FOR EACH DIVISION collected by LTU. (Example: a coach has a team participating in Game as well as BottleSumo. In this case, the coach needs to pay $100 to LTU)

USA teams:

  • GolfBowl Game and Exhibition teams who already paid $50 registration fees for a qualifier in the 2020 season - NO ADDITIONAL FEES COLLECTED

  • Open Category BottleSumo, UMC, Vcc, RoboParade, and RoboArts teams: $50 registration fee

Travel Information:

The closest airport is Detroit Metro Airport (DTW). We are approximately 20 miles from the airport. You may want to rent a car for ease in getting to and from the airport and to and from campus.

City of Southfield Website


Recommended hotels near LTU (teams are responsible to reserve hotel rooms directly)

Fundraising ideas to travelplease check out SPB robotics using gofundme.com as an example.

Advancement Process to World Robofest:

  • Michigan Game teams – ALL TROPHY WINNERS from Michigan Qualifiers and MI Invitationals will qualify to advace to World Robofest Game on May 16

  • Michigan Exhibition Teams, and Non-Michigan US Game and Exhibition teams – Please review the General Rules to advance to the  World Championship via Virtual Regional

  • International teams – Winners from each country will be directly invited to World Robofest

  • USA and ​International Video Qualifier teams – Winners from USA and International Video Qualifier will be directly invited to attend World Robofest after screening

Notes to Game Teams:

  • Please read the Rules and FAQ. Please note that there may  be totally unknown task(s) that require program changes and/or additions during the Game Rounds. 

  • Only team members, Judges, Proctors and Official Volunteers will be allowed in the pit during the entire day of competition. 

  • Team will be disqualified immediately, if team handles or interferes with another team’s robot, laptop, competition or personal materials (either in pit or impound area). See Proctor Violation Report form.

  • Official fields will be open for practice. Make sure the robot meets size requirements.

  • Charging is not allowed after impounding. Note that robots are impounded after Round 1 during lunch break. 

Notes to Exhibition, RoboArts & RoboMed Teams:

  • Each team will be given maximum 4 minutes for official presentation using a microphone. The 4 minute presentation should include team and member introduction, robot introduction, and demonstration. Teams must be at the table during the time slots specifed in the schedule.

  • One 6ft table covered with black vinyl will be assigned for each team.  Maximum space a team can use is 64 square feet including the table. If your team needs any special setup, please let This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. know in advance.

  • As noted in the Robofest top level rules, there will be secret judges who will not identify themselves as judges. Exhibition teams must demonstrate and explain their projects to all the visitors during the official times.

  • Registered spectators will decide People's Choice Awards. 

  • Bios of Exhibition, RoboArts RoboMed, and RoboParade Judges will be available

Call the News Media!

We need to recognize students' achievement in science and engineering fields. Each team's achievement is remarkable and needs to be celebrated! If you have any media contacts please call them to publicize your team's achievements. Please call TV stations, newspapers, and other news media and invite them to come to the World Robofest Championship.


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