SMI - Marine Autonomy Challenge 2021

Marine Autonomy Challenge 2021 (MAChallenge 2021) 



The National Oceanography Centre (NOC) is supporting the Society of Maritime Industries Marine Autonomy Challenge throughout 2021

After the disappointment of having to cancel MAChallenge 2020 due to Covid-19, the Society of Maritime Industries (SMI) is excited to announce the launch of Marine Autonomy Challenge 2021! A key mission of the Maritime Autonomous Systems Group (MASG) Council is to encourage young technologists and help develop careers that contribute to the future of the UK’s MAS industry.

This exciting challenge is open to teams of students studying at UK universities. The first phase involves a video submission and the finals take place in November this year. Each qualifying team will be provided with an industry simulator to enable them to build the autonomous behaviours required to achieve a series of challenges. These will be carried out using a 2m catamaran that has been specially designed, built and equipped for MAChallenge – a cash prize of £2000 awaits the winning team. Our aim is to bring on the next generation of marine technologists and to encourage development and take-up of marine autonomous systems technologies in the UK.

Check out our launch video here and a brief presentation explaining MAChallenge 2021 here.

For more information about the MAChallenge and details of how to enter, please visit our website or email


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