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10th Anniversary of SparkFun AVC

Save the date: September 7-9

Boulder County Fairgrounds

Event Information

DATES:

September 7–9

QUESTIONS/COMMENTS:

Email the SparkFun crew at
avc@sparkfun.com


Schedule of Events

PREVIEW DAY
Friday, September 7

10:00 a.m.
Team check-in opens
Bots & Classic AVC pits open
Classic AVC course open

6:00 p.m.
SparkFun AVC 10-Year Anniversary Competitor Reception, sponsored by Digi-Key Electronics

10:00 p.m.
Fairgrounds close; all competitors and staff must be offsite. There will be overnight security in the Classic AVC area and the Combat Bots barn will be locked.

COMPETITION DAY ONE
Saturday, September 8

8:00 a.m.
Team check-in opens
Bots & Classic AVC pits open
Inspections begin

9:00 a.m.
ALL TEAMS MUST BE IN PITS
Combat Bots safety meeting
Inspections ongoing

10:00 a.m.
COMPETITIONS BEGIN

4:00 p.m.
Classic AVC awards ceremony

Combat Bots will continue throughout the day until the tournaments are completed. At this point, we anticipate that some of the competition will spill over into Sunday morning. We will send an updated schedule to teams in the next couple of weeks as we see our final registration numbers.

10:00 p.m.
Fairgrounds close: all competitors and staff must be offsite.

COMPETITION DAY TWO
Sunday, September 9

9:00 a.m.
Combat Bot competitions ongoing, if necessary

SparkFun AVC 10-Year Anniversary Competitor Reception

sponsored by Digi-Key Electronics


Friday, September 7

6pm — 8pm
6:30 p.m. remarks by Nate Seidle & Pete Dokter, competitor recognition

Fairgrounds lot

Taco bar, no alcohol permitted

Competitors will be provided one complimentary ticket for each pit pass (i.e. each registered combat bot gets two pit passes, each registered autonomous vehicle gets three pit passes).

Additional guests may purchase tickets in advance to the reception. Tickets will be sold on site, but will be cash only.

Advance Ticket Sales for Competitor Reception

PRIZES

First-place winners in each of these categories will receive a cash prize or, like many competitors did last year, SparkFun will make an equivalent donation to a non-profit of the winner’s choice.

K-12

$250 cash prize to the winning team for the following divisions:

  • Plastic Ants
  • Featherweight
  • Logistics Class
  • Autonomous Car Wars
  • Speed Demons

Higher Ed

$250 cash prize to the winning team for the following divisions:

  • Antweight
  • Beetleweight
  • Hobbyweight
  • Featherweight
  • Logistics Class
  • Autonomous Car Wars
  • Speed Demons

Adult

$500 cash prize to the winning team for the following divisions:

  • Antweight
  • Beetleweight
  • Hobbyweight
  • Featherweight
  • Logistics Class
  • Autonomous Car Wars
  • Speed Demons

2018 Event Rules

Combat Bots

We are adding a 60-lb weight class! Slappers-only, no kinetic energy weapons.

See Rules

Autonomous Car Wars

Things to know: Coffee cup must be in the driver’s hand the whole time!

See Rules

Speed Demons

Same ol' speed demons. Get around the track as fast as possible!

See Rules

Logistics Class

Task-based competition designed to test your robot's skills moving objects with precision.

See Rules

Registration


SITE MAP

The Boulder County Fairgrounds is an open facility and spectators are welcome to attend SparkFun AVC 2018. We will not be selling tickets to spectators for the event.

Download Site Map

Barn A: Combat Bots Tournament

Fairgrounds Lot: Classic AVC & competitor reception

Load In

Team load in and check in on Friday (and load out on Saturday night/Sunday morning) will be fairly congested as we will need to u-turn cars through tight spaces. We will have staff on hand to help direct traffic, and we thank you in advance for your patience.

Load Out

Team load in and check in on Friday (and load out on Saturday night/Sunday morning) will be fairly congested as we will need to u-turn cars through tight spaces. We will have staff on hand to help direct traffic, and we thank you in advance for your patience.

Parking

Parking for all competitors will be the South Parking Lot accessible off of Nelson Road.


Lodging Information

Fairfield Inn:

1089 Hover Street
Longmont, CO 80501
Rate: $149/night with breakfast

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Courtyard Marriott:

1410 Dry Creek Drive
Longmont, CO 80501
Rate: $139/night no breakfast

Reserve Now


SPECTATORS

The Boulder County Fairgrounds is an open facility and spectators are welcome to attend SparkFun AVC 2018. We will not be selling tickets to spectators for the event.

Classic AVC

There are no entry limitations to the Classic AVC portion of the event. We ask that spectators respect our competitors, their vehicles and pits areas, and not interfere with the administration of the competition.

Combat Bots

We do have a capacity limit to the barn that the Combat Bots tournament is held in. We will have limited space for competitors inside the barn, and space for spectators depends on the number of people that will be participating as competitors. This will be managed on site. Spectators are not allowed in the pits areas.


Safety

All participants will need to sign a safety waiver. Copies to sign will be available on site; any participants under the age of 18 who will not have a parent present on the day of the event (starting September 7) will need to download the waiver and have it signed in advance.

Download Waiver

Past Year's Events

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2014 2013 2012
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