PR2 Video Contest Results: $10k in Aggregate Cash Prizes

PR2 Robot by Willow Garage

While Willow Garage made an important announcement about the forthcoming commercial availability of PR2 robots earlier this week, I want to focus your attention on something a bit more whimsical.  At the PR2 launch party, Willow Garage founder (Scott Hassan) was throwing around the idea of a PR2 video competition for PR2 Beta Program recipients, complete with substantial cash prize.  True to his word, Scott set up a rules / video submission site; in a nutshell: the competition deadline was Aug. 17th, had $10k in aggregate prize money, and was to be judged by Scott, his wife, and his children.  Today the results were announced on the pr2-users mailing list.  You can find (all?) the submitted videos, including the winners, embedded below -- check 'em out and let us know which is your favorite in the comments!


First Place:  SockBot in "Sockification"


First place (and $5k) goes to Sockbot by Ping Chuan Wang, Stephen Miller, Mario Fritz, Trevor Darrell, and Pieter Abbeel (all UC Berkeley).  The title of the video is "Sockification."  Truly, I laughed so hard when I first saw this video -- I'll let you draw your own conclusions regarding my train of thought!



Second Place:   MailBot in "PR2 Mailman: Autonomous Mail Delivery"


Second place (and $3k) goes to Benjamin Pitzer, Charles DuHadway, Lukas Marti, Christian Bersch, Soeren Kammel, Hao Dang, Adam Stambler, Mike Styer, Sebastian Haug, and Joerg Wagner (all Bosch Research) for MailBot.


Third Place: MusicBot in "PR2 Band"


Third place (and $2k) goes to Daniel Benamy from UPenn for MusicBot.


Honorable Mentions:


From my labmate (Hai Nguyen) and friends (Keith Manning and Felix Hu) at Georgia Tech, "StrongBot Techno" (a StrongBad spoof).


Towel Folding: Social Network Edition from UC Berkeley.


Book Bot from MIT.


Checkout Bot from Stanford.


PR2 Self-Portrait / Plotter by Charles DuHadway, Benjamin Pitzer, and Adam Stambler (all Bosch Research).


PR2 Darumasan from JSK:


PR2 Painter from KU Leuven.


Head tracking by UPenn.



The Rules:


In case you were wondering, here were the official rules:

On August 17, I (Scott Hassan) want to sit back with my wife and kids and watch the PR2 do something cool, funny, or useful. I will personally award (in US dollars) the top three videos (by my arbitrary standards):

  • $5,000 for 1st place
  • $3,000 for 2nd place
  • $2,000 for 3rd place.


  • Submissions are due by midnight (Pacific Standard Time) on August 17, 2010. Please submit your video on this website.
  • Videos must be 1 minute or less in length.
  • No cuts in the video are allowed; the video must be shot in one continuous take.
  • You may not change the PR2 hardware for this competition.
  • Videos must be annotated with the amount of speed-up (if appropriate, 3x, 10x, etc.) and whether the robot is "Autonomous" or "Tele-operated".
  • Each person may submit one video. Teams are responsible for appointing one person to submit their video, and split the winnings appropriately. Prize money goes directly to the winner, in the form of a check.
  • Participation in this competition should not interfere with your work or research duties.
  • *new* (6/2)Your institution must have a PR2 to enter.
  • If your institution has not yet received their PR2, you should run your code in simulation. Once you are confident in your code, you may contact Eitan Marder-Eppstein (, and he will run your code on a Willow Garage PR2 and provide you with raw video footage (you will be responsible for any editing).
  • Willow Garage employees are not eligible, and cannot receive compensation in any form.
  • These rules may change at any time.
  • Judgment of videos is arbitrary and the selection of winners is at the sole discretion of me (Scott Hassan).
  • All submitted videos must be made available under a creative commons license.

No more submissions.




Fun videos!

I really enjoyed Self-portrait, Darumasan, MusicBot and Strongbot Techno.