MAChallenge FAQs


Below you will find answers to the most frequently asked questions regarding the MAChallenge.  If you have a question about the challenge please contact and we will revert directly within two working days.

How many people can be in a team for the MAChallenge?

Each team will consist of five people, with four team members being full time undergraduate students registered at a recognised UK university.

What is required for the Video Submission?

To be considered for selection to compete in the finals you will need to submit a three-minute video pitch, addressing the items below:

  • Introduce yourself and your team.
  • Outline your experience in this field.
  • Describe relevant projects that you have worked on.
  • Competition strategy
  • Views on what the key issues are likely to be
  • Explain what you would spend the prize money on.
  • The video will be judged on the content not the quality of presentation, therefore please do not spend time on finessing the production!

Full video submission guidelines can be seen here.

Is any equipment provided?

Each team will be provided with the following if they are selected for Phase II:

  • An industry-standard simulation suite to develop and test their software
  • Remote access to a common platform comprising:
    • Catamaran GRP hull (ca. 2m long)
    • Propulsion system providing differential steering:
      • 2 x Blue Robotics T200 thrusters
      • Electronic speed controller (ESC)
      • Battery
    • Autopilot with GPS
    • Sensor payload with camera
    • Micro-PC on to which the team’s software will be loaded
    • Comms

This takes place after current final year University students have graduated and will no longer be registered at a University, are these graduates permitted as part of a team?

Students are eligible if they were registered at a UK University as a full-time student in the academic year 2020/2021 and at the time of registration for the competition and video submission.