Wanted: Innovative automation projects

EPSG holds Europe-wide student competition

For the fourth time, the Ethernet POWERLINK Standardization Group (EPSG) is holding a competition calling for innovative projects and automation concepts based on the open industrial Ethernet protocol POWERLINK. All students at European universities and technical colleges are eligible to participate.

Applicable projects range from mechatronic applications to the creation of solutions for industrial applications by developing new devices with POWERLINK interfaces and even implementation of new features in the openPOWERLINK stack. The projects should have relevance to the topics of Industry 4.0 and the Internet of Things. Submissions will be accepted until the end of 2016 and must be implemented by June of 2017.

Numerous prizes

The Industrial Ethernet Awards are being held by the EPSG together with partners OSADL, B&R and Winning teams will receive cash prizes and an invitation to take part in the awards ceremony. They can also publish their scientific findings as sponsored open access articles. The awards ceremony will take place in the summer of 2017.

Further information regarding the procedure and the call for projects (CFP) can be found on the awards website: Registrations will only be accepted in the form of an email sent toaward(at) Current information is made available on a regular basis in the Industrial Ethernet Awards Group on LinkedIn:

Tutorials available
In order to give you a quick start, various Tutorials are available: take a look at for an overview. Especially the Raspberry Pi step-by-step guide can help you to understand the technology behind POWERLINK: 

Students from all over Europe are eligible to participate in the 4th European Industrial Ethernet Awards.