Student Hardware Competition

The Region 3 Student Hardware robotics competition is held annually in conjunction with SoutheastCon. Student teams are given rules a year in advance about the hardware challenge and they build a robot to meet the competition requirements. The competition requirements change every year.


  • Saturday, March 14, 2020 8AM – Saturday¬† (Pi Day!)
  • Each team must register for the Student Hardware Competition by March 8, 2020 here as well as each team member should register as an attendee of the conference.
  • All competitors must be student members or graduate student members of IEEE in Region 3 at the time of the competition.
  • All competitors must be registered for SoutheastCon 2020.
  • Only one team is allowed per Region 3 student branch additional teams may compete in the OPEN competition. Teams are required to specify Main or Open at the time of registration, and that cannot be changed later.


On March 14, 2020, please join us in Raleigh, NC to celebrate Pi Day by participating in the first ever pi-themed SoutheastCon hardware robotics competition. In this competition, your robot will demonstrate how many digits of pi it can stack, using a series of Lego Duplo bricks, as well as how many digits it can input on a set of 10 pushbuttons, in a three-minute competition.

Complete rules of the competition, including 3D designs of the arena, and a copy of the software for the Arduino controlled arena are available on the southeastcon 2020 github repository.

A Discord server is used for day to day communication on the hardware competition, as well as a forum for teams to ask questions about the competition. In addition, scores and last minute updates will be highlighted in the server. For this reason, it is required and expected to have at least one team member active in the forum (all team members can register and participate).

Details on how to register for Discord are located in the FAQ in the hardware rules.