The Mohamed Bin Zayed International Robotics Challenge (MBZIRC) is an international robotics competition held in Abu Dhabi, UAE, every two years.
The competition aims to attract high-caliber talent from all across the world to compete to solve an ongoing problem. This year the theme involved a heterogeneous collaboration among unmanned aerial vehicles and unmanned surface vehicles to perform complex navigation and manipulation tasks in a GNSS-denied environment.
At GTECH, we were tasked with creating a comprehensive product that was split into 3 sections
- – Microsite
- – Registration portal and Community forum
- – Submission portal
The microsite was designed and developed to ensure key information, latest news, and updates were easily accessible. The microsite had a dedicated section to elaborate on the process and deadlines involved for teams that wished to participate. This website was built in Drupal 9 which has the following advantages
- – Faster and better performance
- – Multilingual capabilities
- – Allows to define content workflow
- – Headless CMS
To participate, teams had to register themselves through a registration form that would send out automated emails that provided access to the following sections
- – Community Forum – Teams were sent private invites to be part of the Discourse community forum. This forum served as a communication tool between the participants and the organizers which is a change from the traditional chat or email route
- – Submission portal – Teams had access to submit their whitepaper submissions via a portal.
The organizers had access to the portal which had the following features
- – Portal access based on the user role type
- – List view of all the submissions
- – Information on the teams registered and submitted
- – Export list of teams and their details
- – Export white paper submissions
- – Enable and disable the registration form and submission links.
GTECH successfully delivered a custom-built microsite for the Mohamed Bin Zayed International Robotics Challenge which included a full fledged registration and submission portal and a community forum.
The organizers used the portal to review teams and their members as well as review and shortlist qualified whitepapers.