Important practical information

Here we summarize some important practical information for participants and visitors.


20/4-2024 start10:00AM. Full schedule well be up later.

Information for participants

  • Check in will take place between 08:00 AM and 09:30 AM, please be early.
  • We are not responsible for valuables, however some things could be put inside Chalmers Robotics workshop (we still are not responsible for it). It is a basement about 100 meters from Betonghallen. One of the officials at the competition may be able to help with this. We will also have access to a conference room nearby where valuables may be stored.
  • Participants will get free lunch from the kiosk. Just go and grab some when you feel like it!
  • At the competition area you will have access to a workshop and tools that can be used to modify and repair your robots. Please be careful not to plug in faulty equipment in the electrical sockets as that may blow a fuse and create a big hassle.
  • Please pay attention of any announcements during the day, the program may change without prior warning. If you do not show up for the round it counts as walkover.
  • Filming and taking photographs is highly encouraged. Please do share your material with us after the competition.
  • Please take the time to fill out our survey after the competition to let us know what you think! This is very helpful for us to make this competition as good as possible for you.
  • If you have any questions you can contact the competition officials via e-mail. See contact.

The start modules

During the Swedish Robotics Championship 2012 and Robotchallenge 2012 (Europes biggest robotics competition) the start module system was used with great success. The point of it was to make the competition more fair and prevent false starts. Therefore this system will be used this year as well. You can implement this yourself or buy the assembled module.

For the competitions micro sumo, mini sumo, robot combat and folk race, a start module is required so that everyone start simultaneously and on equal terms.

You can read more about startup modules here:

It is also soon available for purchase in our basement.

How to get here


To get here by car, head for Sven Hultins Gata 8, 412 58 Göteborg. There are a lot of map and GPS services available on the internet, please use them. On Chalmers there is parking at the following places:

Public transportation

The trams 6, 7, 8, 10, 13 and the bus 16 stops at Chalmers. For more information see!/en/ 


What to bring

  • The robots for the competitions you are competing in.
  • Computer for changing your firmware.
  • Tools and spare components for repairs.

What is offered

We will have a few soldering stations that all participants will have to share. Each team will have a workplace with a power outlet. We will also have some trouble shooting equipment but please bring your own to be sure.

Building robots

If you have never built a robot but think it sounds exciting, Robot-SM is an excellent reason to start. It might seem hard with all the knowledge and components that you need to build an autonomous robot, but if you put mind to it, it can be done! But to start you will probably need some guidance.

A good way to get started is by using the internet. There is an abundance of of information about robots available that is free to download and read. Some of which are:

Or simply just Google Build sumo robot.

An alternative that can be more accessible for the uninitiated is books aimed at beginners. These can give you an excellent base to stand on and offer detailed and structured descriptions on how you build you first robot.

A few recommended books are:

“JunkBots, Bugbots, and Bots on Wheels: Building Simple Robots With BEAM Technology”

Author: David Hrynkiw, Mark Tilden

Contains an intresting and easy description on how to build a cheap Minisumo Robot.

“Robot Sumo: The Official Guide”
Author: Pete Miles

Building instructions, international rules and so on. Please note that the rules described in this book may differ from those used at Robot-SM.