Individuals or groups from general education schools or vocational training can take part in the xplore New Automation Award e.g., schoolchildren, students, trainees, teachers. The number of participants in each team is not limited.

The award is international. We look forward to greeting participants from both home and abroad. The projects are communicated and presented in English.

The teams nominate a contact person for the project management. If the team members are under 18, their parents must provide a declaration of consent. You will find a form for this under Downloads.

Areas of application

There are essentially no restrictions in terms of content; all areas of application are possible. However, the focus should be on the following aspects:

  • Functions
  • System availability
  • Structured programming
  • Modern signal connection or transmission

Use automation components and technical system solutions from Phoenix Contact and develop an innovative, creative field. Of course, unique specimens and new development fields are advantageous.

Provision and use of the products

Each approved project team can order their personal selection of components up to a total value of 3000 euros via the Phoenix Contact website.

Only the respective project manager is allowed to place an order. A received order is binding. The products ordered cannot be exchanged at a later date.

If the competition entry is completed in the specified time and an appropriate result is presented, all products ordered from and made available by Phoenix Contact remain with the competitor. If the project is not completed, the components must be returned.

Guidelines for documentation

The participants record the entire project progress via video which is then uploaded to this website. The videos are published on the YouTubeTM channel for the xplore New Automation Award.

In addition, the projects can be presented on your own project website or a Facebook page.

Presentation of the projects and continuous, independent updating of the project status form part of the assessment.

Presentation after preselection

Digital presentation is the assessment basis for preselection of the most interesting projects. After preselection, a presentation takes place at the Phoenix Contact headquarters in Bad Pyrmont. If you are not able to take part personally, you can take part via a live video link.

Selecting the winners

The projects submitted are divided into various categories. Several projects may be selected as the best in every category. The first three winners in each category receive valuable non-cash prizes. For the first prizes, we expect personal appearance at the award ceremony at the Hannover Messe 2018.

New Automation Award

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