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 residential event 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.
  • Explain what you think the key technical challenges will be and how you will overcome them.
  • Describe the role you see for autonomous systems in dealing with the issue of ocean plastics.
  • Explain what you would spend the prize money on.
  • The video will be judged on content not quality of presentation, therefore please do not spend time on finessing the production!

Is there a budget for how much we can spend?

The equipment a team acquires to enter the challenge should not exceed £500 in value based on the open market value of the equipment.  Each team will be required to submit details of the equipment procured and its value to the MAChallenge organisers by 17 June 2020 showing that this budget has not been exceeded.

Is any equipment provided?

Each team will be provided with the following if they are selected for Stage 2:

  • Catamaran GRP hull (ca. 2m long)
  • Propulsion system built into the vehicle. This will consist of two Blue Robotics T200 thrusters and associated electronic speed controller (ESC) providing differential steering.
  • Battery for propulsion including a charger.

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 2019/2020 and at the time of registration for the competition and video submission.