We hope to use our time in quarantine as window of possibility for designers, creatives, and technologists to push boundaries and spark innovation.

We believe robotics are an incredibly powerful tool – especially in the hands of designers. How can we push boundaries with the power of these machines?

We will be giving our robots to individuals and teams whose proposals are chosen through this design competition.

We’re especially interested to see relevant healthcare applications for obvious reasons, however we’re open to a range of proposals – from art and performance, to manufacturing, recycling, and solutions for human interactions like retail and events.

The work developed with our robotics can be scaled up for huge global impact, or be used for artistic statements and bespoke sculptural or manufacturing works… we’re open to all of the above.


• Finalists: One finalist will receive $2,500 prize, residency at BRDG Studios in Philadelphia to develop proposals into working prototypes and proof of concepts; Robotics training, exposure, access to mentorship, access to additional resources and additional development opportunities.

• Honorable mentions: posts on social media and blogs mentioning work with full credits.

• Extension of Residency Program: semi-finalists will be considered for a possible extension of the residency program in the future. 


JUNE 5, 2020: Submissions due by 11:59 ET

EARLY JULY: finalists announced

EARLY AUGUST: residency and prize winners announced

Sept – Dec: residency to align with fall internship period

Jan / Feb 2021: residency gallery opening to showcase developed projects




Submission portal will go live early May to start accepting proposals. 


3D models and spec on UR5e robotics provided to designers for design processes.


Alexander McQueen Spring/ Fall 1999


Box explores the synthesis of real and digital space through projection-mapping on moving surfaces. The short film documents a live performance, captured entirely in camera.

HIVE is a pavilion built in three days through a new process of human and robot collaboration. The project was created in partnership with Autodesk Applied Research LabAutodesk ResearchThe Living, an Autodesk StudioThe University of Stuttgart Institute for Computational Design and Marcelo Coelho Studio.


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a panel of judges from technology, design, and education backgrounds.


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How can we use our robotics for new innovative applications that can bring joy, invention, and good to the world?