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ctrlX developR Challenge

 

 

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!

 

To the project ideas

Let‘s get this challenge started!

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 25 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 June 26, 2022. Afterwards the finalists will be selected. These have the opportunity to present their results to the jury at the ctrlX developR Conference in Ulm on July 13 - 14, 2022. The jury will then evaluate the ideas and implementation methods and award the winners.

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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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 11 – June 26, 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

July 2022

Evaluation

Selecting the finalists for the pitch event

July 13, 2022

Pitch Event – The stage is yours

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

 

 

The categories and project ideas

The best 25 ideas were chosen from the 68 applications received. The participants from the countries Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, France, Great Britain and the United States 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.

The categories and project ideas

The best 25 ideas were chosen from the 68 applications received. The participants from the countries Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, France, Great Britain and the United States 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.

ctrlX AUTOMATION Community – 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.

ctrlX AUTOMATION Community – Simplify engineering

Project overview
Country Project name Description of project Mentor from
ctrlX World
US Automation of measurement studies Automation of the collection and evaluation of measurement studies using library functions. CODESYS
US Digital twin via open source Creation of the digital twin of a system based on open source software. Cordis
IT System training through user instructions Remote controlled car with camera that learns from the user's commands by using reactjs, nodejs, johnny-five and machine learning. Smart HMI
AT Platform-independent IDE for PLCs Integration of ctrlX PLC into a platform-independent PLC programming environment that can also be used to program systems from other manufacturers. Bosch Blaichach

 

 

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.

ctrlX AUTOMATION Community – 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.

ctrlX AUTOMATION Community – Extend and connect

Project overview
Country Project name Description of project Mentor from
ctrlX World
FR Python library as native interface Creating a library in Python as a native interface to the ctrlX Data Layer to access all variables. InUse
DE IoT solution for wireless sensor technology Collecting data from wireless sensors using MQTT network and transfer it to the cloud. Cedalo
DE Control via hands-free function Supplementing an existing HMI system with voice control as an additional operating option. MGA
IT Smart container solution Recording of various dimensions of containers to optimize shipping and determine the resulting CO2 savings. InfluxData
DE Edge gateway for data linkage Linking machine data with data from an ERP system via MQTT, OPC UA and REST interfaces. iteratec
DE Implementation of visual SLAM Implementation of visual SLAM (Simultaneous localization and mapping) using a camera app to facilitate autonomous driving. Rexroth ROKIT
IT Gateway node with deep learning function Creation of a gateway node for an IOT system for access and quality control in automated environments. HD Vision Systems
AT IoT retrofit solution for injection molding machines Development of an easy-to-implement retrofit solution that enables a plug-and-play connection into an IIoT system. infoteam
DE Integration of augmented and virtual reality Extension of the ctrlX AUTOMATION framework by the functionalities of augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR). XITASO
DE Wireless IO-Link integration Integration of a wireless IO-Link platform using UPC UA, MQTT and EtherCAT to exchange process data. ifm

 

 

Smarten up automation

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

ctrlX AUTOMATION Community – Smarten up automation

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

ctrlX AUTOMATION Community – Smarten up automation

Project overview
Country Project name Description of project Mentor from
ctrlX World
DE Anomaly detection Monitoring and evaluation of serial processes for anomaly detection using "Isolation Forest" algorithm. HUCON
DE Modernization of record presses Modernization of the process of pressing vinyl records to make it more efficient and future-proof. XITASO
US Intelligent processing of real-time data Converting real-time data into technical information using an AI system written in Python. InfluxData
GB Plug-in module for data quality evaluation Combination of an app and a custom USB dongle to evaluate the uncertainty of the data. Bosch Global Software
DE Intelligent fume extraction for soldering stations Automation of turning the laboratory ventilation on and off via presence detection to reduce energy waste. Cedalo
DE Tap lock with authorization Equipping tap valves in the chemical industry with bluetooth devices to ensure that they are only operated by authorized staff. infoteam

 

 

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.

ctrlX AUTOMATION Community – 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.

ctrlX AUTOMATION Community – Empower the user

Project overview
Country Project name Description of project Mentor from
ctrlX World
DE Supplier-independent IoT solution Development of a solution for connecting and linking existing plants from different suppliers via predefined interfaces. iteratec
DE No-code development environment for IoT apps Creation of a self-service data analytics platform for developing IoT applications using a no-code framework. Wittenstein

 

 

Create your own

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

ctrlX AUTOMATION Community – Create your own

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

ctrlX AUTOMATION Community – Create your own

Project overview
Country Project name Description of project Mentor from
ctrlX World
US Communication gateway for digital twins Development of a gateway between digital twins and industrial components to exchange commands and data in real time via API. Cordis
CH Enhancement of IT security Increasing information security according to IEC 62443 through advantageous PLC programming practices. Rhebo
DE Automated ball collector for table tennis Configuration of an intelligent device for automated detection and collection of table tennis balls. HD Vision Systems

The jury

Rolf Najork

Member of the board of management, Robert Bosch GmbH
Chairman of the executive board of Bosch Rexroth AG

"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.

Dr. Kristina Wagner

Senior Vice President Technology and Innovation Center & Director iiQKA - The Robot X-perience - KUKA

"The openness and technology stack of ctrlX AUTOMATION offer a lot of room for creativity and state-of-the-art automation. This is the ideal foundation for implementing and marketing new visions and developments. For me, the focus is always on customer added value. When this comes to life through exciting technology and scalable concepts, it is the most fun. I am therefore very excited and looking forward to the results of the ctrlX developR Challenge."

KUKA

Gabriele Geiger

Vice President Global Marketing & Customer Journey at EPLAN

"Innovations need the right breeding ground - ideally a platform for ideas and absolute openness. That's exactly what the ctrlX developR Challenge offers. The participants from all over the world are curious, open, creative and have one thing in common: the unconditional will to achieve something. Exciting visions have emerged. It's great fun to follow the resulting projects."

EPLAN

Volker Glöckle

Senior Vice President Technical Industry Competence and Innovation at SICK

"Being active in the field of innovation requires you to keep changing your perspective to get new impulses. Participating as a jury member in the ctrlX developR Challenge offers me precisely this opportunity. By presenting different problems and their approaches to solving them, everyone gets new ideas. The discussion in the jury on the dimensions of technology, realization and market opportunity provides food for thought and helps to sharpen one's own view."

SICK

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.

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 25 developers come from Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, France, Great Britain and the United States.

When will the pitch event take place?

The pitch event will take place on July 13, 2022.

How are the winners determined?

The winners will be selected by a jury. The exact composition of the jury will be announced soon. 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.

ctrlX AUTOMATION Community

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ctrlX World

Bosch Rexroth opens up a common world for users and partners: ctrlX World is the ecosystem around ctrlX AUTOMATION. Partners introduce their own strengths and solutions via co-creation. This makes the partners of ctrlX World ideally qualified to support the participants with the implementation of their ideas.