Museum Robot: Open Industrial Design Competition

DigGLAM: “Digitizing Small-sized Galleries, Libraries, Archives & Museum (GLAM) Collections” is a short-term Aalto Media Factory funded Project involving digitization of the collections of small local museums using Gado2, an autonomous open source robotic scanner initially developed by Johns Hopkins University & currently under development through a collaboration between Systems of Representation – Media Lab & Department of Computer Science & Engineering, Aalto University.

The task of the competition is to design an outer casing (enclosure) of the Robot arm and associated components and a physical deployment platform for the Robotic Scanner based on the specifications provided by the Project Team.

The selected design may be tested via building workable prototypes at the Fab Lab of the Aalto Media Factory & other fabrication facilities such as ADD-Lab within Aalto University. The final design should demonstrate fluent operations and would be implemented on-site at the museums.

The designer will have aptitude in industrial design, digital visualizations and be able to articulate design ideas by 3D-Modeling, 3D-Printing and Rapid Prototyping. Knowledge of working with electronics, plastics, sensors, motors, and microprocessors (such as Arduino) is needed. The designer may utilize the research undertaken, and lessons learnt from this project as part of their own academic research. The final design will be licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-SA 3.0) license and all 3D files and documentation submitted to the Competition organizers.

1st Open Day: Wednesday 02 October 2013, 13.00 – 1600: Discussion with Project Team & viewing of Robot at the Department of Computer Science & Engineering, Konemiehentie 2, 02150 Espoo. Room No.  A328

2nd Open Day: Department of Design, Aalto ARTS Tuesday 08.10 between 12.00 – 13.00.


  • Phase 1: Initial Design Concept submissions. Deadline: 04 November
  • Phase 2: Selection of Final Design: 05 – 09 November (Tentative).
  • Phase 3: Final Built Design: 10 December 2013.

1st prize: 1000 euros
2nd Prize: 500 euros
3rd Prize: 250 euros

Prizes awarded upon completion of all phases of the Competition. Prize money might be subject to taxation.

Organizers have the right to update, revise, re-schedule and terminate the competition.

Submission Requirements:

  • Perspective / Axonometric Views of the Design (pdf)
  • Dimensioned drawings in elevation, section and plan (pdf)
  • 3D – STL files
  • Appropriate Creative Commons (CC BY-SA 3.0 license) marking for the submission
  • Brief Concept in text (pdf)
  • Designer CV & Portfolio (max. 3 samples)
  • All contents of the Submission should be in a Zip file attachment (max.10mb).

Submissions & Info: / Samir Bhowmik – Systems of Representation, Media Lab, Aalto ARTS.


Posted by James Reilly

About James Reilly

I work part-time in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering on the Internet of Things and low energy computing.
This entry was posted in Competition. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply