RoboGames was founded as the ROBOlympics in 2004. It has grown to feature over 800 robots from 30 countries. The robots will be able to enter into 83 different competitions and 61 'active events' including combat, soccer, sumo, basketball, fire-fighting, android races, android acrobatics, art robots, iron-man exoskeleton weight lifting, robot hockey, and even android kung-fu. There are 18 different events just for walking humanoids.
This year's competition will also host the 12th annual Federation of International Robot-soccer Association (FIRA) Robot World Cup.
Date: Friday-Sunday, June 15-17, 2007
Time: Noon - 10 PM.
Where: Fort Mason Festival Pavilion, San Francisco California
Cost: $20/adult, $15/kids 17-7, 6 and under free
Founder David Calkins, who worked with all types of robot competitions, realized the need for cross-pollination between events, as too many robot builders over-specialized within their own field. By bringing builders from combat robotics (mechanical engineering), together with soccer robotics (computer programming), sumo robotics (sensors), androids (motion control), and art robots (aesthetics), robot builders could exchange ideas and learn more.
The second goal of RoboGames was to offer recognition to engineers from around the world in varying disciplines with consistent rule-sets and low-cost or free contestant fees. RoboGames never charges kids or primary/secondary schools an entry fee. By offering gold, silver, and bronze medals, and inviting the best robot builders from countries other than just the US, RoboGames gives everyone a chance to excel and compete on a level playing field.