Team Language Vision Processing
Intrepid C++ / Matlab
Kuukulgur C++ OpenCV
Mystic C++ RobotRealm
SpacePride RoboRealm state machine RoboRealm
Survey C++, Python OpenCV
Middleman LabView LabView
UCSC C/C++ OpenCV
Waterloo C++, Python
WPI C++Wunderkammer Python ROS vision packages
Here is a rough synopsis of how the teams fared:
Team Intrepid was the first to leave and return to the platform. It thought it picked up the sample but actually did not.
Team Kuukulgur (it means Moon or Lunar Rover), a demonstration team, from Estonia, was the first to pick up the sample but did not make it back to the starting platform. They had the slickest looking robots but then three of the team are mechanical engineers. They brought a swarm of four but one failed so only three took the field.
Team Waterloo, a demonstration team from Canada, also picked up the sample and were the first to return it to the starting platform but the sample was just outside the 1.5 meter square area. It did not hurt them financially since they were a demonstration team and thus ineligible for the NASA money. They did receive $500 from WPI for picking up the sample.
Team Survey won the Phase I competition this year and will take home $6,000 for that effort. ($5,000 from NASA and $1,000 from WPI.)
SpacePride fielded two rovers but were unable to accomplish much. Their software developer dropped out near the end so they had to scramble to get something working via a state-machine in RoboRealm.
I will update the table if more information becomes available.
Just after I returned from the challenge, an email on a robotics mailing list asked for advice on languages to use for robots. Since I had almost all of the information posted above I put it into a reply and received a nice thanks in return. Hopefully someone will find this interesting.
(Updated UCSC - UC Santa Cruz from comment. Thanks.)
(Updated Middleman aka RoBear from comment. Thanks.)