Here in Tampa SOFWERX has been a great friend of FIRST! SOFWERX, located in Ybor City, has hosted the Tampa area FIRST Robotics Kick Off for two years in a row now, provides mentoring support to area teams, and is one of our great ROBOTICON Tampa Bay sponsors.  FIRST Alumni in Tampa Bay also participate in some of the great events and design competitions SOFWERX hosts.

Beth Hanning,  Transition Director at AFwerX-Vegas, DEFENSEWERX, who is also the FIRST LEGO League partner in Northwest Florida, tells us a little more about SOFWERX here.

USF Dean of Engineering Dr. Robert Bishop, addressing FIRST team members during 2017 FIRST STEAMWorks kick off at SOFWERX in January

BH:  SOFWERX was created under a Partnership Intermediary Agreement between DEFENSEWERX and the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM). Located in Tampa, FL, SOFWERX has a very dynamic environment designed to create a high rate of return on collision for all participants. Through the use of our growing ecosystem, promotion of divergent thought, and neutral facilitation, our goal is to bring the right minds together to solve challenging problems.

ROBOTICON: Why is your organization supporting  ROBOTICON?

BH: SOFWERX supports raising up the next generation of Scientist, Engineers, and Computer Programmers. Students who are immersed in STEM Education and robotics team competitions have proven to be well prepared for college and careers. In our experience, the majority of students who have participated in FIRST® are confident, well-spoken, and understand technology better than their peers.

You’ll hear that same sentiment from our other event partners, too,  October 7 & 8.  Look for the SOFWERX table in the Concourse area and check out some of the great things they’ll have on display!

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