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Mouser, Imahara launch robotics challenge

27 Feb 2015

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Mouser Electronics Inc. collaborated with Grant Imahara to invite engineers of all levels to join the Empower Innovation Together programme.

Engineers worldwide can engage with Imahara through a variety of topics and series of challenges that question and defy innovation in the pursuit of new ideas. The exciting Empowering Innovation Together programme consists of Innovation Spotlight, Empowering Innovation Challenge and the Innovation Hub.

The Innovation Spotlight is a series of webisodes covering many topics, led by Imahara as he visits with engineers who are at the forefront of new innovation and technology. The first webisode topic is about Robotics as Imahara talks with professors and aspiring engineers at Carnegie Mellon University. To view the video, visit

The Robotics Empowering Innovation Challenge is the first of a series of different challenges on a variety of engineering topics. The Robotics Challenge is co-sponsored by Platinum Program Partner Texas Instruments. Also joining in the Robotics Challenge sponsorship are Molex and Panasonic as Diamond-Level partners.

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Mouser and Imahara are asking the engineering community to submit a picture or video and share their robotic creations. It allows engineers worldwide to share and discover the newest and most innovative ideas. Additionally, the engineering community will help Imahara decide who has the top engineering concept based on which ideas receive the most votes. Each challenge provides an opportunity for engineers to prove their genius and earn bragging rights, plus the chance to win some cool swag and prizes along the way.

"Basically, we are inviting engineers to submit their creative ideas," Imahara said. "It's pretty simple. They go online and share an idea and invite their friends to do the same. My passion is in robotics and I've been working in robotics for over 20 years. I've got some awesome ideas and I'm sure others do, too. So, let's kick off a challenge. What robots have others built? Share your ideas and let your genius prevail."

The Robotics Challenge includes engaging activities for engineers to share ideas, including a social media contest and Twitter party. The first 200 entrants will receive a Letting My Genius Prevail T-shirt. Imahara, familiar to many through the Mythbusters television series, will select the Grand Prize winner. The top three entries will receive STEAM cards and Mouser swag bags. The Grand Prize winner will also receive signed Imahara memorabilia.

Engineers who seek to go deeper into the topic of Robotics will find great value in the Innovation Hub. This feature of the programme dives into technical engineering through articles, video and content that is specifically designed to inform and inspire the engineer. Stay tuned for future challenge topics to be added to the Innovation Hub as the series progresses.

Well known in the engineering community, Imahara has paired his engineering expertise with a Hollywood TV and film career. He joins the Mouser team as a collaborator and spokesperson who shares Mouser's passion to positively influence and support innovative design.

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