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2023 MATE ROV World Championship
Thursday, June 22, 2023 to Saturday, June 24, 2023
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MATE 2023

MATE goes to the mountains! 

The MATE ROV World Championship is set for June 22-24 at the St. Vrain Valley School District in Longmont, Colorado. 

Some of the sharpest minds from all around the world will compete using remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) they designed and built at the 21st MATE ROV World Championship competition in Longmont, Colorado. 

Each year, the MATE ROV Competition gives students brand-new mission tasks to show how a ROV is used in the real world. This year’s competition is spotlighting the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development and motivating the international community to support environmental, social, and governance (ESG) initiatives to build a sustainable future for our ocean world.

The 2023 competition challenges its community to engineer an ROV and the necessary sensors and tooling to, for example, produce clean energy by installing floating solar panels amongst offshore wind farms and ensure healthy environments by monitoring the recovery of seagrass beds – all simulated within the confines of a swimming pool. The overarching goal is to motivate students from around the world to understand and apply their creativity to innovating technology solutions to, as the U.N. states, “deliver, together, the ocean we need for the future we want.”

The MATE ROV Competition challenges students to apply math, electronics, engineering, and physics toward solving problems based on real-world workplace scenarios. The competition tasks students from K-12, community colleges and universities within five levels (EXPLORER, PIONEER, RANGER, NAVIGATOR, and SCOUT) to design, build and test underwater robots to complete specified, simulated real-world missions. Students also must organize themselves into mock companies, encouraging them to develop entrepreneurial thinking and business and project management skills while spurring innovation and collaboration to produce and compete with ROVs.

Organized by the MATE II, the competition is supported by the Marine Technology Society and its ROV Committee, the National Science Foundation and other technology and education-related organizations, including Schmidt Ocean Institute, the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration, and the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation. Local sponsors include Blue Trail Engineering and Visit Longmont Colorado.

For more information, visit materovcompetition.org/world-championship.

Watch the competition live via Twitch: twitch.tv/mateinspires1.