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1st Global Hackathon on Service Robotics

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Uniting innovators, creative thinkers, hackers and designers from all over the world to unlock the potential of service robotics and help solve world problems.

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ROBOCON, brought to you by GlobalDWS, is the world's first global hackathon focused on Service Robotics.


ROBOCON unites innovators, engineers, and problem solvers from around the world to get involved with the international technology community and unlock the potential of service robotics to help solve world issues.


Hosted virtually, participants have three days to come up with their greatest hacks. This event is a great opportunity for all creatively-minded people around the world to collaborate and ideate new service robotic applications to enhance global quality of life.

Why Service Robots?


Although the service robotics market today may look much smaller than the traditional industrial robots market, the fields of application of service robots are much wider.


In fact, service robots are forecasted to overtake their industrial counterparts within the next five years: significantly impacting the global economy and the future of work.


At GlobalDWS, we believe that now is the time to further explore the potential application of service robotics and be pioneers in this emerging field.

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Keynote Speakers


Prizes & Award Winners

Participants and challenge-winners have the opportunity to win exciting prizes for their innovative solutions and creations, regardless of where they may be in the world.*

*Prizes outlined for 2020 Conference.

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Below are the specific categories for hackers to build their projects around and address challenges in the real world within different industries. These six tracks are the areas where service robots are projected to significantly transform industry processes and experiences in the next few years.


Health / COVID-19



Financial Sector



Business / Others



Rami Wehbe

Co-founder & CTO, GlobalDWS

Rami is a senior technology strategist and program lead with more than 20 years of experience in IT strategy formulation, business strategy transformation, business scenario development, and innovation. He has profound knowledge of service architecture development, IT governance design, new technology evaluation, and IT risk management.


Farzia Khan

Senior Manager, Employee Tech Experience, BMO

Farzia is an innovator, technologist and a Senior Manager of Employee Tech Experience at the Bank of Montreal where she’s focused on shifting the culture at the bank by introducing innovative technologies and services, improving the technology experience for 45,000+ employees.

Hackathon 2020






What is an online hackathon?

At ROBOCON, the goal is to build a working prototype in the form of a website, app, or robot, to solve a given problem within an industry track. This is a completely virtual event, meaning all collaboration will take place virtually.


The goal is to build a working prototype, in the form of a website, an app, or a robot, to solve a given problem. An online Hackathon is the one that takes place virtually and you collaborate with your teams online.

If you have any questions please email inquiries to

Do I need any experience to participate in this Hackathon?


No, you don’t need any experience to participate in this Hackathon. You just have to be creative and passionate but having some technical knowledge would definitely help.


How long is the hackathon going to last? 

Hacking period will last for 4 days from October 2nd to October 5th, 2020. 

How long is the judging period?

Judging period is from October 5th to October 9th, 2020.

Who can participate?

Anyone from any part of the world can participate as long as you have have access to Wi-Fi.


When and where is Robocon happening? 

It’s taking place online from October 2nd to October 5th, 2020. 

When is the deadline to apply?

The deadline to apply is September 30, 2020

Is this event free to attend? 


Yes, this event is free to attend.


Can we share updates of our work?

Yes, we’ll have an online group where you can share updates of your work. Please note that you’re responsible for protecting your idea from other teams.

Can I organize my own online sessions? 

Yes, you can organize your own online sessions to discuss your project with team members.

What timezone and language is going to be used? 

English will be used for all kinds of communication and we’ll be using Eastern Time Zone.

What if I don’t have a team? 

If you don’t have a team or unable to find more team members then please reach out to us at and we’ll help you find a team member.

What can be the maximum size of my team? 

A team must have at least 3 members and at most 8 members.

How can I stay up to date? 

We’ll be using slack to ensure everyone stays up to date.

Where do I submit my work?


You can submit your work on Devpost. You will be provided with further details on slack.


How do I submit my project?

You can include a PowerPoint presentation, video and/or any other links that you think will be helpful in understanding your project.

How are the winners going to be announced?

The winners will be announced on our website. The winning teams will also receive an email from us. 

Hackathon Registration

Deadline for application is September 30, 2020.

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Apply to be a Mentor

We're looking for mentors with experience in areas such as service robotics, artificial intelligence, design thinking, programming, graphic design, or business development. A mentor's responsibilities include, but are not limited to, helping hackathon participants debug, ideate, and troubleshoot.


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Sponsorship Opportunities


If your organization is interested in being a sponsor, please send an email to