TechFest Competitions (including UK Micromouse)

The UK Micromouse championship is an international robotics competition that has been held in the UK every year since 1980. It is the centrepiece of Birmingham TechFest.

This year's TechFest will take place on Saturday 9 June 2018.

The competition sees autonomous (self-directed) robot 'mice' race against the clock to search the centre of a 16 cell by 16 cell maze in the shortest time. There are rules on the maze and you can see examples of Mice and Mazes in our gallery.

In addition to the UK Micromouse competition, a number of other competitions have been developed with the aim of promoting engineering and encouraging young people (and others) to see engineering as their future.

Register now for TechFest 2018


Millennium Point, Curzon Street, Birmingham B4 7XG


Maze Solver Competition

  • Practice 10:00
  • Heats 11:30
  • Finals 14:30
  • Prize Giving 16:30

Contact and Non-contact Wall Follower Competition

  • Practice 10:00
  • Heats 10:30 Contact wall follower
  • 11:00 Non-contact wall follower
  • Finals 11:30 Contact wall follower
  • 14:00 Non-contact wall follower
  • Prize Giving 13:30 Contact wall follower
  • 16:30 Non-contact wall follower

Line Follower Competition

  • Practice 10:00
  • Heats 10:30 Line follower
  • Finals 11:30 Line follower
  • Prize Giving 13:30

Please note all times are approximate