In just 72 hours you will build a real self driving car, from scratch, and set it on the road to a demolition derby.

You and 6 teammates will work together under the guidance of Silicon Valley startup founders and Y Combinator/Techstars alumni, racing the clock to learn, experiment with and build a squad of self driving cars.

You must have technical skills to participate in one or more of these areas:

  • AI programming (tensorflow, python, linux etc.),

  • embedded programming (arduino),

  • electrical engineering (circuit design, etc.),

  • mechanical/industrial design,

  • auto/industrial mechanical,

  • auto/industrial electrical,

  • general mechatronics.

Pre-registered participants include local teams from QLD, mechatronics students from Sydney, auto-engineers from Detroit, electrical engineers from Silicon Valley and programmers from NYC.

Your Mission: Mad Max + Skynet + Robot Wars + Junkyard Wars + DARPA Grand Challenge.

All in 72 hours.


Day 1 - Mechanical + Remote Control Systems

Day 2 - Develop AI and Camera Systems

Day 3 - Deploy AI, TestING and Demonstration


15th FEB

1:00pm - Team leader orientation

7:00pm - Dinner at the farm

16th FEB

8:00am - Registration

8:15am - Introduction

8:30am - Team bonding

9:30am - Start to build self-driving car

12:00pm - Lunch

1:00pm - Resume building

7:00pm - Dinner

7:20pm - Speech

17th FEB

7:30am - Breakfast

8:30am - Work on self-driving car

12:00pm - Lunch

1:00pm - Working on self-driving car

7:00pm - Dinner

18th FEB

7:30am - Breakfast

8:00am - Self driving car safety inspection

9:00am - Test drive around track

12:00pm - End of build

1:00pm - Competition start

7:00pm - Dinner

8:00pm - Wrap-up


The world is becoming autonomous. Your role is to lead the change. We are all getting a promotion -- in the future, the only kind of work will be the management of robots.

Our goal at The Robotics Club is to show people we all have meaningful roles in a robot powered future.

A technical people, we want you to leave this event knowing you understand the full systems of a self driving car and how to implement a V1 of any large scale autonomous robot.

You will develop a serious array of skills, an awesome project video, and meet like-minded people. Whether your goal is to join a robotics company, or start your own, you’ll find a great community and make bonds with people working hard on robotics.

Organising Team & MENTORS


Ben Sand, CEO

  • co-founder of Meta - metavision.com

    • 150 employees

    • Research collaborations with Columbia University, University of Toronto, Stanford, Sydney University.

    • $100M funding.

  • Coaching startup founders through Y Combinator Startup School and muru-D Sydney.

  • Honorary Adjunct Professor, UTS Faculty of Engineering and IT.


Ken Macken, CTO

  • 2x Techstars Alumni

    • Co-founder & CTO of ollo wearables

    • Smart phone for seniors - 20 people and $8M funding (Qualcomm, Sprint)

  • Founder of QRMV (QLD Robotics & Machine Vision)

    • $40M+ industrial automation projects, processing over 1B+ units.

    • Vision Guided robotics solutions for Coca Cola, Unilever, BHP, Australian Mint