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KUKA Innovation Award 2024

We are looking for the best ideas – send us your application by 28.06.2023!


Robots for the people

With the new challenge for 2024, we want to bring collaborative automation to the people. For that reason, the KUKA Innovation Award will be based on our recently introduced robot operating system and ecosystem iiQKA and our lightweight robot LBR iisy. This enables the robotics community to implement their own hardware and software extensions on a KUKA robot much easier than before, making a modern, powerful and scalable basis for technology innovation within robotics available.

Comprised under the motto “Robots for the people”, we encourage all participants this year to develop innovative applications, enabling technology and software that help to transform and automate craft related use cases based on collaborative robotics.

Be the next pioneer

Many tasks in small and medium sized craft related companies are not automated yet. Your contribution shall simplify the engineering, setup and programming or execution of tasks and processes for companies and craftsmen. In that way iiQKA and the LBR iisy should be made usable as a flexible tool for machine tending, glue dispensing, quality inspection or other typical automation tasksUnleash your creativity and revolutionize how people interact and use robots in their daily work life.

Send us your innovative idea, describing use cases where robots today face major challenges in interacting with their real-world environment, including human-robot collaboration. The focus should be on introducing and demonstrating new and interactive methods to personalize and improve usability with our robot.

The introduced concept should be versatile and in no way limited to one technical approach to solving a specific use case. Participants are encouraged to present ideas that may lead to or are already close to commercialization.

What's in it for you?

  • KUKA LBR iisy free of charge

  • Free training and coaching

  • Presentation at a major industrial fair 2024

  • 20,000 € prize money for the winning team

Apply now!

Send us your application (1 PDF with max. 12 pages in English) by e-mail until 28 June 2023.*

*By sending us an e-mail, you declare that you have taken note of the information pursuant to Art. 13 DSGVO on data processing/image use.

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Here you can find all further information about the application and the conditions of participation.

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KUKA hardware free of charge

You will have the opportunity to implement your idea with a KUKA lightweight robot LBR iisy, optionally enhanced with its additional components from our iiQKA platform, free of charge.

Free training and coaching

We invite you to Augsburg for a free training for the hardware and software. In addition, you will receive coaching from KUKA experts throughout the competition to be more effective in the implementation phase.

Presentation at a major industrial fair 2024

We offer you the opportunity to present your application to a broad audience consisting of representatives from industry and research, the media and interested trade fair visitors. You are a central part of KUKA's presence at a major German industrial trade fair.

20,000 € prize money for the winning team

The winner of the KUKA Innovation Award will be ceremonially chosen at the awards ceremony directly at the trade fair and will receive prize money of €20,000.

Apply now!

Send us your application (1 PDF with max. 12 pages in English) by e-mail until 28 June 2023.*

*By sending us an e-mail, you declare that you have taken note of the information pursuant to Art. 13 DSGVO on data processing/image use.

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