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CIG Car Racing Competition
Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre,
Autonomous robot cars compete against each
other in this racing event.
ION Autonomous Lawnmower Competition
The cutting edge (sorry couldn’t resist) of
autonomous lawn care robotics. There are events
for basic and advanced autonomous mowing.
The basic event is a rectangular yard with a
single non-moving obstacle. The advanced event
is an L-shaped yard with multiple moving and
non-moving obstacles, as well as a bordering
Ft. Mason Festival Pavilion, San Francisco, CA
The Guinness Book of World Records says this is
the largest open robot competition in the world.
Wired Magazine says it’s one of the 10 best
North American Geek Fests. Expect to see over
70 robot events of all kinds. If you have a robot,
there’s probably an event for it at RoboGames.
21-22 International Autonomous Robot Contest
Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar, CA
Includes three events for autonomous robots
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including the Urban Challenge, in which robots
must find their way through a maze; the Gold
Rush Challenge, in which robots cross a desert
filled with rocks and cacti; and a technical
presentation, where contestants explain the
robot's hardware and software.
KCRS Robot Exhibition and Competition
Above the Harvey House Cafe, Kansas City, MO
This year’s Kansas City Robotics Society
competition includes Sumo, Mini-Sumo, and
indoor Solar Rollers events, as well as their
trademark Dinnerware Demolition event.
26-28 MATE ROV Competition
Scripps Institution of Oceanography, San Diego, CA
Underwater robot contest for high school and
UK National Micromouse Competition
Technology Innovations Center,
Birmingham, United Kingdom
Micromouse robots compete for the coveted
Brass Cheese award.
Africa Championship Robotics Competition
Pretoria, South Africa
Students from various countries and continents
will compete in several robot challenge
Botball National Tournament
Educational robot contest for middle and high
school students designed to use science,
technology, engineering, and math to solve
real world problems.