The Top Ten Reasons to Compete
30 SERVO 03.2016
● by Kevin M. Berry
There are hundreds of robotic competitions around the world each year. The undisputed granddaddy of them all is coming up soon! RoboGames 2016 — the twelfth annual all-events
world championship — will be held at the Alameda County
Fairgrounds in Pleasanton, CA April 8-10. You have a couple of
choices: You can be one of the 3,000 people who visit and look each
day, or become an “insider.”
Interest in competing is always huge, with many teams coming
year after year to take part. Last year, competitors representing 20
countries competed in 51 events, with 214 teams, 671 entries, 706
robots, and 730 engineers.
Besides the chance to spend gobs of money and time to
participate, and of course the increase in prestige among your family
and friends from enhancing your robot nerd creds, why should you
compete? We reached out to David Calkins — the driving force
behind RoboGames — with the simple question: Why?
Dave responded with not one or two, but 10 great reasons to
participate. Ever vigilant, our extensive research department (me and
the Internet) set out to validate “Judge Dave’s” assertions.
1. Meet hundreds of people from around the
world who are just as robot crazed as you.
Sam Coniglio’s photo seems to provide a pretty good
cross section of the builders who make the trek.
2. Two words: Cocktail robots.
Jamie Price is the king of cocktail
robots with his world class creation,
Photo by Jamie Price.