ROBOTICON Tampa Bay – OMG ROBOTS!
The mission of ROBOTICON is to provide FIRST K-12 Robotics Teams with a high-quality, post-season competitive event that provides opportunities for pre-season skill building, networking, and college and career readiness experiences. The event also provides a fun and unique way for the general public to enjoy this “Sport for the Mind” and see and enjoy the hands-on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics that FIRST offers.
Our 2nd annual event, held Oct. 11 & 12, 2014 at the University of Tampa, featured:
- 20 FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) teams
- 26 FRC robots
- 12 FIRST Tech Challenge teams
- 850+ FIRST students
- 500+ walk in visitors
- 50 volunteers
- VIP Luncheon for 60
- 10 Workshops provided by business and tech professionals
- $1000+ in Boca Bearings awards to the first ROBOTICON Challenge award winners
- Media coverage in ABC Action News, Tampa Tribune, Tampa Bay Times , F5 Live and the Minaret Online
Gracious Professionalism was on display all weekend long, with teams helping with set up and breakdown, giving tours to guests and VIPs , and helping one another out in the pits.
Our first ever Young Women in Tech Mentoring session, organized by the Florida Chapter of Women in Cable Telecommunications was very well received and will become a regular part of our annual event.
All in all, ROBOTICON Tampa Bay 2014 was everything we could have hoped and more, and is clearly on its way to becoming a signature Tampa Bay event, bringing together the professional tech and entrepreneurial community and FIRST STEM education in a powerful and far reaching way that benefits both.
Plans are already underway for next year, so bookmark this website and follow along on our social media to keep up with news and updates about ROBOTICON Tampa Bay 2015, and help us keep making it loud in Tampa Bay!
Enjoy the look back at ROBOTICON Tampa Bay 2014 in the photo galleries below, with many thanks to photographer Tom Hill for the gift of this time, talent and keen vision! And check out our event results page to see our 2014 award winners!