Inspired by the ocean, we help students solve real-world problems

We are inspiring a global community of innovators.

The MATE Inspiration for Innovation (MATE II) annual ROV competition challenges brilliant young minds from around the world to design and build remotely operated vehicles (underwater robots or ROVs) to tackle problems based on the real world.

We invite you to help shape the future of these aspiring innovators! Your contribution will allow us to continue to offer this unique learning experience, one where students grow, gain confidence, challenge themselves, collaborate, and develop a sense of business know-how. The MATE II competition provides students with the ability to move on from their education with the critical thinking and problem-solving skills they will need to continue their journey to innovate and achieve success in the global workplace! 

“It’s just amazing to see how similar we are because we all have common grounds. A lot of times it’s hard for people of different cultures to get along, but we all can just bond…over ROBOTICS! That’s what science does. It unifies like the metric system.”

   - Highway 68 ROV Club – USA, 2017 competition

MATE II's Annual Giving Campaign

Why It Matters

We are igniting entrepreneurial passion.

Personal growth takes desire, due diligence, and teamwork. Through the competition, MATE II provides the vehicle (pun intended!), to build and excite students’ creative minds and motivate them to transform the future. MATE II is the only underwater robotics competition that focuses on finding solutions to problems faced around the globe – from plastics in the ocean to contaminated sediments – and introducing students to a business mindset that includes finances, research, development, marketing, and media outreach. Your support creates the trailblazing pathway for pioneering their inventive future.  

“When you learn this in a classroom, it’s kind of in a vacuum and you don’t know really how to apply it. This is a fantastic opportunity to take what you know and figure out on your own how to apply it.”

   -Purdue University – USA, 2017 competition

Help the Cause

We are developing people.

MATE II’s annual giving campaign supports a program that engages and transforms thousands of students from around the WORLD each year. The program isn’t just a competition, it’s the stage that sets the “theory into practice” experience. It’s the venue for connecting a global community of learners to find ways to address societal challenges. It’s the pathway to engineering, mathematics, science, and technology careers. It’s a competition that develops the person, more so than the ROV!

“The MATE motivation here is not winning, it’s gathering new experiences and sharing new ideas. I’ve already learned so much just from looking at other teams. It’s already going to be a gratifying experience and rewarding whether we win the most or not.”

   -Colegio Sagrado Corazon – Puerto Rico, 2017 competition

The Difference You Can Make

We put students on the pathway to a career.

Every little bit helps. And with this competition, the effects are widespread and long-lasting. MATE students are out in the workplace making a difference, and you can too.
“I have been involved with the MATE ROV competition for the past 17 years. When I encounter new, talented professionals in the field, I’m not surprised to find they are former competitors. ‘Made by MATE’ means something in our industry.”  

   -Chris Roper, Commercial Underwater Systems, Saab Seaeye North America

These students have bright futures ahead of them ~ just watch and listen here!

MATE II is tax exempt under Internal Revenue Code 501(c)(3). Tax I.D.: 81-4389131.