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Push your idea two steps ahead

Turning ideas into projects – that is the objective of the ctrlX developR Challenge. But not simply in a hackathon – in an international idea and developer competition because that fits in with ctrlX AUTOMATION.
Within the ctrlX developR Challenge, developers realize their creative ideas with the revolutionary ctrlX CORE control platform and use it to implement projects for which the proper industrial control has been missing so far.

Stay tuned – You will get regular updates on the competition here!


The process at a glance

The ctrlX developR Challenge is taking place for the first time. It is the perfect opportunity to bring together the biggest talents with the most versatile, open and powerful system available on the market. As a result, ideas evolve into solutions and solutions into projects.

The more than 30 participants implement their ideas with the ctrlX CORE control platform in five different categories. They will be supported by specialist mentors from Bosch Rexroth and the partners of ctrlX World. Thanks to the ctrlX AUTOMATION Community, our experts are personally available for questions and discussions related to the competition.

The implementation phase runs until April 30, 2022. Afterwards the finalists will be selected. These then have the opportunity to present their results to the jury in a pitch event. The jury evaluates the ideas and implementation methods and selects the winners at an award ceremony.

During the entire challenge, there will be continuous communication between the participants and Bosch Rexroth via social media. The developers report on their projects in video calls and present their partial results.

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Céline Flores Willers is one of the best-known German influencers on LinkedIn. She was awarded with LinkedIn Top Voice in 2018 and 2019 for her contributions on the topics of innovation, entrepreneurship and future trends. She is now followed by over 100,000 professionals and shares her expertise in personal branding and corporate influencing with teams and individuals in various training formats. Due to the high demand, Céline has spun off her venture as a company, “The People Branding Company”. Her clients include many well-known companies, such as Accenture and ERGO. Since the beginning of 2021, Céline can also call herself co-editor & co-author of the Spiegel bestseller "Future Republic".

Challenge accepted – The process at a glance

September 21, 2021

Start of registration phase

December 31, 2021

Registration deadline

January 2022

Getting ready

Selection of participants, bringing them together with mentors, handing out the Challenge Kits

February – April 2022

ctrlX developR challenge

Projects are carried out and supported by mentors via ctrlX AUTOMATION Community, documentation of partial results on social media and www.ctrlx-developr-challenge.com

May 2022


Selecting the finalists for the pitch event

May 10, 2022

Pitch Event – The stage is yours

Pitch of the solutions, evaluation by jury, announcing the winners



The categories

The participants compete against each other in five different categories. Be curious to see which developer writes the most convincing code and wins the ctrlX developR Challenge.

Simplify engineering

Who connects complex processes, systems and applications and makes them quicker, simpler and easier to operate? From IoT solutions and Node-RED to the use of power functions for automating engineering routines.

Extend and connect

Who extends the existing ctrlX AUTOMATION infrastructure in the cleverest, most creative and the most useful way? Everything revolves around extensions, APIs and robotics projects here.

Smarten up automation

Who teaches systems to think, work and play independently and without supervision? With AI applications or for example condition monitoring solutions.

Empower the user

Who uses the ctrlX AUTOMATION tools most effectively in order to maximize the benefits and simplify operation? From human-computer interaction and mobile automation and robotics to projects with a positive influence on society and our planet.

Create your own

Who has an idea for a completely new application which goes beyond all imagination and the given categories?

The jury

Rolf Najork

"Many new features and improvements are the result of close collaboration with our partner companies and users. The ctrlX developR Challenge also relies on this principle. Ideally, it brings out unprecedented features for us as a company to embed in the ecosystem, all the while nurturing talent. All in all, it’s an opportunity for everyone", explains Rolf Najork in an interview about the ctrlX developR Challenge.


Frequently asked questions

Can I still apply for the ctrlX developR Challenge?

Please note that the application deadline has already expired and therefore we cannot consider any further registrations.

I have applied. When and how will I get informed if I have been accepted?

Starting on January 10, 2022, you will receive an email from us informing you whether you have been accepted.

Who are the participants of the ctrlX developR Challenge?

All participants have passed the official application process and were able to convince with their submission. The developers come from Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, France, North America, UK, the Netherlands and Norway.


When will participants get more details?

We are planning a virtual kick-off event for February 11, 2022, in which we will introduce ctrlX AUTOMATION as a whole, highlight all development-related topics and bring together all Challenge participants. More information will be announced at a later date.

When will participants receive the Challenge Kit?

We will send out the Challenge Kits as part of the ‘Getting ready’ in January 2022, so that all participants can enter the implementation phase directly after the kick-off event on February 11.

When will the pitch event take place?

The pitch event will take place on May 10, 2022.

How are the winners determined?

The winners will be selected by a jury. The exact composition of the jury will be announced in the beginning of February 2022. Decisive criteria for the evaluation are:

1) Idea & approach

2) Technical methods & implementation

3) Added value, potential & marketing concept

4) Final pitch presentation

I still have unanswered questions, whom can I contact?

Your question has not been answered in our FAQs? Feel free to write to us in the ctrlX developR Challenge forum of the ctrlX AUTOMATION Community and we will answer you as soon as possible.

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