In the smart manufacturing region of Brabant, the effects of robotization will probably occur sooner and on a larger scale than in the rest of the Netherlands, due to the far-reaching interconnectedness of the business community in industry and healthcare, technical education and government. In this way, Noord-Brabant can seize opportunities this way and try to prevent negative consequences.

The Brabant higher education institutions think they have a role to play, together with their students, in preparing for the Brabant of the future. With the Robot Challenge, they offer inspiring lectures and practical assignments to students from all disciplines. A robotic society requires not only technical and medical knowledge, but also the use of socio-scientific, economic, legal, and ethical insights. Why, for example, are care robots embraced in one care department and not in another?

Practical issues

De Brabant Robot Challenge bestaat uit zes bijeenkomsten waarin topdocenten van de betrokken onderwijsinstellingen aspecten van robotisering belichten.

Anyone interested in robotics in health care is welcome to attend the free meetings

The Brabant Robot Challenge is dedicated to robotization in the health care sector: companies and institutions will pitch a practical robotization issue to the students. The students will then work on this in multidisciplinary teams. At the closing session, the students will present their solutions, with the best being awarded a sum of 1,000 euros. The knowledge gained by the students benefits participating companies and institutions.

Information for companies

We are looking for companies/institutions in Noord-Brabant that are working in the care sector and that have an issue that has to do with robotics, which they want to present to a group of enthusiastic students from universities of applied sciences and universities in Noord-Brabant. The Brabant Robot Challenge is a course in which students work in multidisciplinary project teams to solve a problem companies and institutions have concerning robotics in the health care sector. Extracurricular activities in addition to their study programs as an extension to the students’ interests are becoming increasingly important when applying for a job. We want to prepare students for tomorrow's labor market.

Topics may include products, processes, operations, suppliers, customers, or organizations and ethical or legal issues in companies in combination with robotics. The subject must be suitable for being tackled by a multidisciplinary team. The Challenge is exclusively for students of Tilburg University, Eindhoven University of Technology, and Fontys and Avans Universities of Applied Sciences. The Steering Committee will make a selection of the most motivated students on the basis of a motivation letter that they will send with their registration. Students and companies/institutions can register until February 2. Then we'll form the student teams. On February 10, the Kickoff takes place in Tilburg. Here all companies pitch their assignments (and their company/institution) and meet the student teams. Students have working sessions under the supervision of a tutor at various locations in Brabant. Top lecturers give lectures every 2 weeks on various aspects of robotics (e.g., technology, ethics, and economics). All companies/institutions are of course also very welcome here. On April 20, the closing event will take place and the student teams, together with the companies/institutions, will present their assignments. Send us an e-mail via the contact form, and we will send you the project format for companies that describes what we expect from the companies and students.

Experiences pilot

The first edition of the Brabant Robot Challenge was a pilot project that ran from September 2016 to January 2017. At this first edition, 19 students successfully completed the Brabant Robot Challenge. At the second edition 40 students participated. These students had backgrounds ranging from applied gerontology, law and technology, electrical engineering, and accountancy. Six practitioners, both producers of care robots and care institutions themselves, submitted questions for these students to tackle last year. In the second edition, there were 40 students. These students had backgrounds ranging from Applied Gerontology, Law and Technology, Electrical Engineering and Accountancy. Six parties from the field, both producers of care robots and care institutions themselves, submitted questions last year for these students to tackle.

In addition to the kickoff and closing sessions, there are also substantive meetings. Experts from the various institutions gave lectures on robotics. After these meetings, there was room to work on the assignments. The project groups were supervised and coached by lecturer from the various institutions.

The students will receive pitch training from student Thom Uildriks, who won the Dutch pitching championships in 2018, to make sure they can get their assignment across on stage.


Tilburg University TU/e Avans Hogeschool Fontys Hogenscholen




Members of the steering group

Kees Adriaanse, Fontys; Daniël Telgen, Avans Hogeschool;  Lambèr Royakkers, TUe;  Ton Wilthagen enMarieke Schoots, Tilburg University

Members of the working group

Marieke Schoots, Tilburg University;  Sandra in 't Groen, Avans; Nina Karabetyan, Tilburg University;  (Projectmanager) Annemarie Schrauwen, AS Marketing Network, 0655730737,