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Tampa FIRST Robotics Competition teams at 2016 FIRST Stronghold kick off at SOFWERX.

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We’re honored to welcome the Doolittle Institute and SOFWERX as 2016 ROBOTICON event partners.  The Doolittle Institute has been a great friend to FIRST at all levels, hosting the 2016 FIRST di-logoStronghold Tampa Kick off at the SOFWERX facility in Ybor City this past January, providing mentoring and support and grants to teams.  In Northwest Florida, the Doolittle Institute is the FIRST LEGO League partner, helping support FLL programs across the area.

SOFWERX is an important and far reaching community partner in Tampa. Established under a Partnership Intermediary Agreement (PIA) between USSOCOM and the Doolittle Institute, it is a collaborative space designed to create a high “return on collision” for all participants. Its growing eco-system includes both traditional and non-traditional innovators with an emphasis on divergent thought. Ultimately, SOFWERX will serve to better inform future technical development and engineering decisions, while providing a center of mass for future innovation initiatives.

SOFWERX is looking for creative innovators willing to interface with government agencies, academia, national labs and industry experts to find unique solutions to challenging problems.    FIRST team members are the young innovators of tomorrow, and we’re grateful for the Doolittle Institute and SOFWERX support of our nation’s next generation of science and technology leaders!

We’re grateful to the Doolittle Institute and SOFWERX support of the 2016 ROBOTICON Challenge and their continuing support of Tampa Bay FIRST Robotics Competition teams! Look for them at the Innovation Fair at ROBOTICON and be sure to stop and say Thank you!