[Discuss] KC OSHWA Robotics Challenge

Hal Gottfried hal at kcohg.org
Tue Jun 23 15:55:36 UTC 2015

Good morning fellow OSHWA members, I wanted to send out a quick word on
an event the KC Branch is hosting next month.  You're all of course
welcome to attend.


*Promoting Open Source Robotics Education *

**KCOHG in partnership SainLabs announces the first annual Robotics
Build Challenge**

*WHAT*: The Kansas City Open Hardware Group invites you to come be a
part of our upcoming Robotics Build Challenge! The challenge is open to
all agents and backgrounds with the goal of promoting Open Hardware
innovation and is geared towards those who are have a passion to learn
about robotics.

*WHY*: The event will be an opportunity to learn, collaborate, and build
great things. KCOHG is proposing a challenge for teams to develop Open
Source robots that will be able to overcome a series of physical


SainLabs, 8021 Flint ST. Lenexa, KS 66214

*TICKETS*:  Tickets can be purchased via Eventbrite on our website

*WHEN*: 9 a.m.- CLOSE Saturday July 18th / 9a.m. – 5:00p.m.
Sunday July 19th

*HOW*: You’ll work in teams of 2-4 builders to make produce a working
robot. We’ll provide you with a bunch of prototyping and build resources
and lots of food to keep your batteries topped off. At the completion of
the build process each team’s robot will face off against each other in
a battle of 6 challenges.

Each challenge has been crafted to help new and experienced builders
apply technology principles and engineering concepts to solve real-world
problems through a team approach.

The teams will be judged based on their completion of the challenges as
well as the technical aspects of the robot itself.

In addition we will have Mentors who’ve done this kind of thing
before to help anyone who isn’t sure where to start, or isn’t sure
how to finish.

At the completion of the event KCOHG will work with the top 3 winning
teams to create an Open Source Kit to be posted and distributed for the
Open Source community.

*WHO*: Anyone with an idea or drive to innovate should sign up,
regardless of skill level. Non-technical participants are equally

Registrants (“Builders”) have the option to arrive as an individual or a
team. If you’re looking for a team, stop by one of our social sessions
before the event, otherwise we’ll match everyone up into teams the day-
of. Teams must be between 2-4 people.

Yes, we will be supplying the hardware (although you are free to add
more of your own). Each box is guaranteed to have an Open Source Micro-
controller and a prototyping developers kit.

> That is all we can say. We’re keeping it a surprise because surprises
> are awesome!

*It is recommended that you bring a laptop and your enthusiasm.*


Kansas City Open Hardware Group, a 3-year-old community-based nonprofit
created to educate, promote and foster the use of Open Source Hardware.

To promote the groups belief that true innovation occurs through
open and collaborative effort, KCOHG provides educational
conferences and events advocating a better understanding of Open
Source Hardware and its uses.

*Contact Info: *

Web: www.kcohg.org |  Twitter: @KCOHG  |  Facebook:

Email: info [at] kcohg [dot] org
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