Hardware Competition

Rules – Final Version v4.1

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Everyone’s favorite classic arcade game is coming to IEEE SoutheastCon 2021!  Earn points by collecting pellets, avoiding ghosts, and navigating the maze.  Acquire the correct power pellet to turn the tables and chase down ghosts for the highest score!


March 15, 2020
June 1, 2020
July 1, 2020
August 1, 2020
October 1, 2020

March 3, 2021
March 10, 2021
March 12, 2021
March 13, 2021
March 14, 2021

Release of First Set of Rules
Planned Release of Revisions #1
Planned Release of Revisions #2
Planned Release of Revisions #3
Final Major Version FREEZE

Team Registration Deadline
Day 1 SoutheastCon 2021
Hardware Practice
Qualifying Match
Final Match


Questions & Answers

Join our discord! The planning committee is available to answer any questions you may have about SoutheastCon 2021! The discord server has channels for both student program and technical program, with focus on hardware competition, software competition and authors. Please keep in mind that while we will do our best to update discord, the information posted on this site should be referenced as your primary resource.

Alternatively, you may email questions to: HW_comp_SEC2021@ieee.org

Practice Game Boards

A total of Three Game Boards will be constructed for Official Qualifying and Final Matches. A total of Four Game Boards will be constructed for teams to practice in the days leading up to the Official Matches. Practice Field Signup will once again be driven via Google Doc (view-only). Time slots are available in 15 minute blocks, whenever the facility is available and as long as Official Matches are not underway.


  • Limit of two (2) time slots per team at a time.
  • If a team does not arrive, their slot is forfeit
  • Please be considerate of each other! Misconduct may result in loss of privilege at the practice game boards
  • Time slots may only be allocated by competition volunteers, teams may only view the sign-up sheet.


Score Sheet Coming Soon!

Scores will once again be driven via Google Doc (view-only). Queueing will be random and also driven by scoring doc. In the interest of fairness, the queue will remain the same for all 3 sets of the Qualifying Match. Queueing and Scoring will be reset for the Final Match.


Scores will be updated live throughout each set of the Qualifying Match. Scores will be updated live for Sets 1 & 2 during the Final Match. Scores for Sets 3 & 4 will be updated once the Final Four ranks are announced. 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th place will be announced during the Award Banquet on Saturday. Final Scores and Overall Rankings will be published on this site.

1 ptExtra points for each blue pellet
1 ptExtra points for each second remaining in the set after collection of all non-poison pellets and contact with the Power Pellet and return back home.
3 ptsExtra points for each green pellet
5 ptsLeave Home Base
5 ptsMagnetic Pellet
5 ptsExtra points for each red pellet
10 ptsNon-Magnetic Pellet
25 ptsCollect Power Pellet
50 ptsContact with the correctly matching stationary ghost during Power Play Phase
50 ptsWear team T-shirts with logos
100 ptsContact with ghosts during the Power Play Phase after successfully pushing the correctly matching stationary ghost away.
-50 ptsContact with the Poison Pellet
-25 ptsContact with a ghost (mobile or stationary) before successfully complete the Power Play mission.
-10 ptsDamage to the game board elements, at the judge’s discretion.