Members of South China Tiger from South China University of Technology react after winning the championship at this year's RoboMaster on Sunday.
SHENZHEN Bay Stadium was buzzing with cheers and applause Sunday afternoon as students from South China University of Technology (SCUT) in Guangzhou took home the gold trophy along with the prize of 200,000 yuan (US$29,761) in the yearly robotics competition RoboMaster.
Over 200 teams and 7,000 college students from around the world signed up for the 2017 RoboMaster competition, with 32 teams battling it out in the final round. The winning team, named South China Tiger, from SCUT, won the championship after defeating students from Shandong University of Science and Technology 3 to 1 in the final.
"We feel honored to have the opportunity to compete with all of these talented students from around the world. This has been an amazing journey, from which we have learned how to put theory into practice and work as a team to create something truly unique and innovative," said Lu Huanpeng, captain of the SCUT team.
The runner-up team from Shandong University of Science and Technology was awarded 100,000 yuan and students from Taiyuan Institute of Technology received 50,000 yuan for third place.
Sponsored by DJI, the world's largest civilian drone maker based in Shenzhen, RoboMaster is an annual robotics competition, in which aspiring college students design and build next-generation robots to compete for supremacy on the RoboMaster battlefield. The event has gained popularity among the engineering community and its final battles have become an exciting and entertaining spectacle for the general public.
"RoboMaster started in China a few years ago and has now become a global event after it attracted teams from the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada and other countries in Asia," said Paul Xu, DJI's vice president.
According to Xu, RoboMaster is unique because it combines innovative engineering, gaming and entertainment into a single event, and it creates a platform for young engineers to gain recognition and for the general public to see how robotics could impact the world they live in.
"We're truly proud of the dedication and hard work that all participants have put in. The robots and ingenuity we see here today are just the start of what they'll be able to create for the future," Xu said.
Gao Jianrong, spokesperson of the event's organizer, said that DJI invests tens of millions of yuan into RoboMaster each year, but the company doesn't do it for commercial return. According to him, the competition is aimed at cultivating the next generation of talented engineers for society.
DJI also partnered with Twitch to livestream the event, bringing the competition to a global audience in real time. According to the company, more than 814,000 viewers from over 20 countries and regions watched the competition online Sunday.