In an effort to promote building, provide a goal, and establish a series of deadlines, we are rebooting the quarterly(ish) competition nights. These nights are a chance to show what you’ve been learning and provide a bit of a challenge. Competition nights have been very successful for other groups, most notably the Home Brew Robotics club out of Silicon Valley. The plan is to develop a night where we can all get together, invite in other groups from around Austin, and have a good time running our robots. The vision is to have multiple events throughout the day including tabletop challenges, floor challenges for the larger ‘bots, Magellan demonstrations, and a show off demonstration.

A couple years ago we tried to boot up a quarterly competition night. We had two entries the first event, none the second, and it petered out from there. This was probably due to a lack of follow through on my part, but regardless, they just rather ended. Since that time, we’ve added new members and made ourselves more readily known in the community. So, it’s time to begin with the competitions again.

On July 30, 2017 we will be having our first competition in the new series. These competitions will occur on every 5th Sunday, culminating with the Robot New Years Eve Bash, which falls on the 5th Sunday of December… December 31st, this year.

We’re going to start simple, with a couple of tabletop contests and, if there’s interest, a couple of floor competitions for the ‘bots too big to run on the table. The floor competitions are still being worked out, but they will be similar in nature to the tabletop contests. At the end of the night, time and audience permitting, we will open the floor up to show off those robots that didn’t fit into any of the competition categories. More information about the specific competitions are available on our website http://therobotgroup.org/competitions/.

If you’re interested in participating, with or without a robot, please take a moment to register and RSVP on our Meetup page, https://www.meetup.com/robotics-69/events/241067939/

This event is open to everyone! You do not have to be a member of The Robot Group to participate. In fact, we are hoping these events will help pull the Austin robotics community together. If you’re interested in helping out, please let us know at admin@therobotgroup.org.