ROBOCON 2009:India-National Finals
March 8, 2009
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Well today was the last day of ROBOCON’09:India. The winner of this year’s nationals is IIT-Madras & the runner up is VIT. Sadly we [MIT Pune] placed 4th i.e got eliminated in the quarterfinals 😦 [last year we were 2nd]. The consolation could probably be that we were beaten by IIT-Madras, the best team & this time there were twice the number of colleges as compared to 2008 competing in the national event [55…up from around 30]. So I guess, we beat more ppl 🙂
Well IIT-Madras is going to Tokyo for the ROBOCON’09 Internationals, sometime around august. Lets hope beat the sh*t out of everybody & bring home the trophy!
Robocon, short for Robotic Contest, is an interesting game- cum- intellectual exercise for budding engineers and their enthusiastic instructors, determined to innovate and create machines to produce desired results. Participation in it is an end-to-end competitive experience from concept design of a system of robots programmed to perform according to rules of the game played on a precisely created challenging field and to score a victory beating the competitors; all this according to a Theme declared by the Host Country.
International Robocons are mainly sponsored by Asia Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) which includes Doordarshan (Prasarbharati) of India as a member which has been organizing all activities in India for last four years with collaboration with Maharashtra Institute of Technology (MIT) Pune, India.
The last International Robocon2008 was held in MIT Pune on 31st August, where 17 Engineering Colleges from 16 countries participated. The Theme for Robocon2008 declared by India was Govinda, a traditional Indian Deity who used to play earthly games by capturing Butter/Cheese from heads of Gopis – interestingly animated on the field in MIT and colorfully broadcasted by Doordarshan and other membersof ABU across the world.
The next International Robocon2009 is scheduled to be held in Tokyo Japan from 20th to 24th August 2009. Theme declared by Tokyo is Kago, the traditional Japanese palanquin, carried by human beings – an interesting and challenging objective for designes/fabricators to work on. To decide India’s participation in it, Doordarshan-MIT is organizing the National Robocon2009 on 6th to 7th March 2009, for which Registrations are open until 31st January 2009
->ROBOCON 2009 Brochure
->This year’s task & theme
->This year’s participants