Robowars TECHKRITI 18 IIT Kanpur 2018

Event Description

The ultimate test of engineering excellence, teamwork, strategy, and gaming is here! Techkriti brings to you its flagship event, Robowars. Witness the brightest engineers in India build the mightiest monsters which shall unleash Armageddon on the battle turf!

Each team has to come up with a wirelessly*** controlled robot capable of a one on one combat. With pneumatic pincers, mighty armors, nifty axes and more innovative weapons, these merciless mercenaries shall fight for the glory of their makers, upholders of the dignity of their institutions. The law of the jungle, of 'might is right', shall prevail. Only the toughest shall survive! Sparks shall fly, and temperatures shall soar high this Techkriti’18! Be there to witness the raw aggression, the crude violence of these mean machines as they rip each other apart!

**Additional Incentive: Top teams will be given free-internship opportunity in robotic companies in association with AICRA.

***Only wireless control is allowed for now.(In case of wired bots, please contact us at the given mail-ID)


  • A robot is declared victorious if its opponent is immobilized.
  • A robot will be declared immobile if it cannot display linear motion of at least two inches in a time period of 30 seconds.
  • In case both the robots remain mobile after the end of the round then the winner will be decided subjectively.
  • A robot that is unsafe, as deemed by the judges, will be disqualified immediately and the opponent robot will be declared as the winner.
  • Every match will consist of 3 rounds of 3 min each with a time gap in between.
  • If a robot is thrown out of the arena the round will stop immediately, and the robot still inside the arena will automatically be declared as the winner of that particular round.
  • Robots cannot win by merely lifting their opponents. Organizers will allow lifting for a maximum of 20 seconds for each lift and then the attacker robot will be instructed to release the opponent. If, after being instructed to do so, the attacker is unable to release, their robot will be penalized.The final decision remains in the hands of the Judges.
  • If two or more robots become entangled due to any reason and becomes trapped within another robot, then the competitors should make the timekeeper aware and the fight should be stopped and the robots should be separated by the safest means.
  • Points will be given on the basis of aggression, damage, control, and strategy.


  1. Aggression – Aggression is judged by the frequency, severity, boldness, and effectiveness of attacks deliberately initiated by the robot against its opponent. If a robot appears to have accidentally attacked an opponent, that act will not be considered Aggression.
  2. Control – Control means a robot is able to attack an opponent at its weakest point, use its weapons in the most effective way, and minimize the damage caused by the opponent or its weapons.
  3. Damage – Through deliberate action, a robot either directly or indirectly reduces the functionality, effectiveness or defensibility of an opponent. Damage is not considered relevant if a robot inadvertently harms itself. Also, if a pressure vessel or a rapidly spinning device on a robot fragments, any damage to the opponent will not be considered 'deliberate'.
  4. Strategy – The robot exhibits a combat plan that exploits the robot's strengths against the weaknesses of its opponent. The strategy is also defined as a robot exhibiting a deliberate defense plan that guards its weaknesses against the strengths of the opponent


  • Each team can have a maximum of 6 participants.
  • A team may consist of students from different colleges.
  • Teams will be selected on the basis of the abstract submitted.
  • Certificates of Excellence will be awarded to the top three teams.
  • Any team if asked will have to change its wireless module frequency/coded channel, so as to avoid clashes with the opposite team.
  • If there is any kind of ambiguity in the selection of the weapon systems, please clarify the same with the event organizers to avoid further confusion.
  • If the organizers doubt the safety of viewers due to a particular bot, then that team might be denied participation.
  • The bot is not allowed to leave anything behind during the run. It should not leave any mark on the arena.
  • The time measured by the organizers will be final and will be used for scoring the teams. Time measured by the contestant by any means will not be considered for scoring.
  • In case of any disputes/discrepancies, the organizers’ decision will be final and binding. The organizers reserve the right to any of the above rules as they deem fit. Changes in rules, if any will be highlighted on the website and notified to the teams.


NOTE:- All the combat robots should be operated only after meeting the necessary security clearance. It is advised that the participants operate the bot at their own risk and shall be responsible for any mishaps caused due to their negligence. Techkriti, IIT Kanpur shall enforce strict security measures during the event. Any security glitches found in the bot by the judges shall be disqualified immediately.

Dimensions and Weight:

  • The bot should fit in a box of inner dimensions 750mm x 750mm x 1000mm (l x b x h) at any given point during the match. (Controllers are not included)
  • The bot should not exceed 120 pounds and should be more than 35 pounds of weight including the weight of pneumatic source/tank (Controllers are not included).
  • All pneumatic/hydraulic source tanks and batteries should be on the bot itself.
  • The battery will be taken into consideration for the measurement to be made for the machine dimension and the weight.
  • Again, remember that the weight of adapters and the remote controller will not be included in these constraint.


Robot Control Requirements:

  • Only wireless control is allowed.
  • Ensure that the wireless system transmission takes place through the arena boundaries.
  • The robot wireless systems must have a way to change frequencies or coded channels to prevent radio conflicts (i.e. if you are using 4 frequencies you need to have at least 2 more alternate frequencies readily available).
  • Toy radio systems are allowed at this event.
  • Tethered control is not allowed.
  • If you are using a home built control system, you must first clear it with the Event Managers.
  • Pairing must be done before the bot is entered into the arena



All robots must have easily visible and controlled mobility in order to compete. Methods of mobility include Rolling on wheels, tracks or the whole robot. Jumping/hopping and flying are not allowed.


Battery and Power:

  • The robot must be powered electrically only. Use of an IC engine in any form is not allowed.
  • Onboard batteries must be sealed, immobilized-electrolyte types (such as gel cells, lithium, NiCad, NiMH, or dry cells).
  • Voltage must not exceed 36 volts between any two points.
  • All efforts must be made to protect battery terminals from a direct short circuit and causing a battery fire, failure to do so will cause direct disqualification.
  • Use of damaged, non-leak proof batteries may lead to disqualification.
  • Change of battery will not be allowed during the match.
  • The only permitted batteries are the ones that cannot spill or spray any of their contents when damaged or inverted.
  • It is suggested to have an extra battery ready and charged up during the competition so that the team, on advancing to next level, have their robots ready on time.


NOTE The Following exceptions and limitations

  • Liquid projectiles.
  • Any kind of inflammable liquid.
  • Flame-based weapons.
  • Any kind of explosive or intentionally ignited solid or potentially ignitable solid.
  • High power magnets or electromagnets.
  • Radio jamming, tazers, tesla coils, or any other high-voltage device.
  • Tethered or untethered projectiles.
  • Weapons or defenses that stop combat completely of both (or more) robots. This includes nets, tapes, strings, and other entanglement devices.



  • The robot can use pneumatic devices actuated by pressurized non-inflammable gases. Maximum allowed outlet nozzle pressure is 12 bar. The storage tank and pressure regulators used by teams need to be certified.
  • Participants must be able to indicate the used pressure with an integrated or temporarily fitted pressure gauge. Also, there should be provision to check the cylinder pressure on the bot.
  • Entire pneumatic setup should be on-board, no external input (from outside the arena) can be given to the robot for the functioning of its pneumatic system.



  • Robot can use non-inflammable liquid to actuate hydraulic devices e.g. cylinders.
  • All hydraulic setup should be on-board and it must be securely mounted. Special care must be taken while mounting pump, accumulator, and armour to ensure that if ruptured direct fluid streams will not escape the robot. Also the entire system should be leak proof.
  • Maximum pressure is 12 bars.


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