These organisations sponsored the UON Maritime Robot X Challenge team in 2014.

Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International

The AUVSI Foundation along with the National University of Singapore are organising the inaugural Maritime RobotX Competition.

The AUVSI Foundation is a non-profit organisation that provides students with hands-on robotics activities designed to fuel and sustain their interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Each year the AUVSI Foundation offers a series of educational programs as well as robotics competitions that allow students to apply their STEM education outside the classroom. The experience is ideal preparation for entering the workforce, which is why participating students are frequently offered coveted internship and employment opportunities.

AUVSI have supported the UON RobotX team through the provision of a shipping stipend. This funding is to help transport the team's vessel to Singapore by the quickest means possible, allowing maximum testing opportunities prior to the competition.

Defence Science Technology Organisation

DSTO was responsible for selecting the three Australian teams to compete in the Maritime RobotX Challenge. The University of Newcastle was chosen as one of those teams due to their research background in marine control systems.

DSTO is the Australian Government's lead agency responsible for applying science and technology to safeguard Australia and its national interests. As one of Australia's largest employers of scientists and engineers, they deliver expert, impartial advice and innovative solutions for Defence and national security. DSTO work closely with industry, universities and the scientific community to enhance their combined ability to support Australia's defence and national security capabilities.

DSTO has also provided the UON RobotX Team with funding to support the teams involvement in this international competition.


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Allan Tomlinson, Managing Director of Kontron Australia has kindly donated embedded systems hardware and technical assistance to support not only the UON RobotX Team but also the University’s robot soccer team, NUbots.

US Office of Naval Research

ONR is sponsoring the AUVSI Foundation to organise the Maritime RobotX Challenge.

As an executive branch agency within the United States Department of Defence, the Office of Naval Research (ONR) supports the President's budget. ONR provides technical advice to the Chief of Naval Operations and the Secretary of the Navy.

ONR has also provided teams with financial support to assist in the development of their propulsion systems for their 16' WAM-V's®.

Regional Development Australia Hunter

Regional Development Australia (RDA) Hunter is the leading economic development agency in the most dynamic and diverse regions in Australia. RDA Hunter was established in 2009 and today leads the way in which the region interacts with others in Australia and with world markets with interests in the Hunter. RDA Hunter works to strengthen the Hunter as a competitive and modern metropolitan centre of excellence. It does this by securing funds for regionally significant infrastructure projects, providing effective connectivity between industry, education and the wider region economy and by driving investment to the Hunter region.

RDA Hunter has provided financial travel support to the UON RobotX team in exchange for educational support through RDA Hunter's initiative, the ME Program.

The University of Newcastle

The Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment at The University of Newcastle is one of the leading faculties of its kind in Australia. The Faculty has achieved outstanding results in the Australian Research Council 2012 ERA research excellence ratings as well as the QS World University Rankings.

The Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment has provided the UON RobotX Team with funding to support their involvement in the Maritime RobotX Challenge. Workshop technical assistance has also been provided by the Faculty through the discipline of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering.


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