SparkFun Gears Up For Seventh Autonomous Vehicle Competition

Competitors ready their bots at AVC 2014. Image Credit: SparkFun Electronics

Competitors ready their bots at AVC 2014. Image Credit: SparkFun Electronics

June 11, 2015 – SparkFun Electronics, a provider of parts, knowledge and passion for electronics creation, is hosting its seventh annual Autonomous Vehicle Competition (AVC), on Saturday, June 20, 2015. Dozens of teams from around the world will converge on the company’s Niwot headquarters for a cutthroat ground race of homemade vehicles and combat robot battles.

SparkFun’s signature event, which runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., celebrates ingenuity, inventiveness and good-natured robotic competition. Teams must enter home-built vehicles that will circumnavigate a pre-set course with various obstacles and challenges without any human intervention.

This year’s competition will host a record-breaking number of teams, with entrants competing for cash prizes in several different categories, such as Non-Traditional Locomotion, Doping and Micro. SparkFun also offers smaller prizes in categories such as Engineer’s Choice, for the best-designed vehicle, and the Kill Switch Award, for the most dangerous.

AVC 2015 will also feature exciting combat bot battles based on SPARC standards, with homemade bots fighting to the death. SparkFun is also excited to showcase the grand opening of its retail space at the event.

For all attendees, there will be exhibitions and DIY games from external contributors, and hands-on workshops on topics such as soldering, robotics, paper circuits, music hacking and programming. There will also be food trucks and tours of the new building. The event is open to the public.

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