[robotics-worldwide] RooGames 2010 - Call for participants
dcalkins at robotics-society.org
Mon Feb 8 10:37:41 PST 2010
World’s Largest Robot Competition Enters Seventh Year with Annual International
Hundreds of robots from across the globe will compete at the San Mateo County
Expo Center April 23-25, 2010
San Francisco, CA – February 3, 2010 – RoboGames, the world’s largest robot
competition, will host its seventh annual international event April 23-25, 2010
at a fantastic new locale – the San Mateo County Expo Center. This
family-friendly celebration of all things robotics will showcase hundreds of
robots from across the globe competing in more than 70 robot events, including
heavyweight robot combat, android kung-fu, and many other sports events, games,
robot battles, and demonstrations by leading robotics industry designers and
Attracting thousands of contestants and more than 500 robots, this year’s event
will feature bots as small as tiny 1 inch square autonomous robots, hockey- and
soccer-playing humanoid robots, art robots, and everything in between. Awestruck
audiences will watch with feverish zeal as 340 combat robots flip their
opponents 15 feet into the air, breathe fire and spin blades sharp enough to cut
through one-inch thick steel like butter. For those interested in RoboGames but
unable to attend the event, the games will be broadcast live online via
Ustream.tv at http://www.ustream.tv/robogames
“From year to year, it’s inspiring to witness the increasingly global impact
of RoboGames. Just last year, for example, both the gold medal-winning
Indonesian firefighting team and Mexican RoboSumo team had the honor of meeting
their home countries’ respective Presidents,” said David Calkins, co-founder of
RoboGames. “We are really excited to be entering the seventh year of this truly
one-of-a-kind event, and can’t wait to watch as thousands of tech enthusiasts,
sports fans, robot engineers and more converge to enjoy this year’s RoboGames.”
RoboGames highlights include (is this redundancy typical?):
· Combots and Sumo wrestling bots
· Soccer bots, acrobatic androids, basketball bots and hockey bots
· Fire-fighting bot competitions and autonomous explorer bots
· Robots that make cocktails, art bot sculptures, dancing bots and, of course,
the people who build them.
This year, competing teams return from as far away as Japan, Brazil, and Europe.
Many of the competing teams are University-based and seeking funding to be able
to attend this year’s event. As such, RoboGames is looking for sponsors to help
subsidize these teams’ flights as well as robot shipping and housing while in
San Mateo. Previous events’ media coverage has spanned all four networks, CNN,
ESPN, Sports Center, and the Discovery Channel, providing sponsors a high level
of visibility. To learn more about this year’s sponsorship opportunities, please
contact sponsors at RoboGames.net.
RoboGames was founded in 2005 as the ROBOlympics. Founder David Calkins, who
worked with all types of robot competitions, realized the need for
cross-pollination between events, as too many robot builders over-specialized
within their own field. By bringing together builders from combat robotics
(mechanical engineering) soccer robotics (computer programming), sumo robotics
(sensors), androids (motion control) and art robots (aesthetics), robot builders
can exchange ideas and learn more.
RoboGames also seeks to recognize engineers around the world in varying
disciplines with consistent rule-sets and low-cost or free contestant fees.
RoboGames never charges children or primary and secondary schools an entry fee.
By offering gold, silver, and bronze medals, and inviting the best robot
builders from countries across the globe, RoboGames gives everyone a chance to
excel and compete on a level playing field. For more information, please visit
Vantage Communications for RoboGames
(415) 984-1970 ext. 112
jkutz at pr-vantage.com
simone at robotics-society.org
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David E. Calkins - http://www.robogames.net
Silicon shall replace Carbon.
The revolution will be automated.
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