Originally Posted by deslusionary
This award definition seems a lot broader than control - it seems that cool mechanical features can (and do) win the only technical award programmers can also win. Do you think FRC needs an award tailored to programmers? Also, what types of innovation, programming wise, have won innovation in control awards?
It seems broad because it is. I try my best to talk to most IoC winners to learn what they did -- mainly to learn new things, but also to figure out how to win this darn award. A lot of times, it is for crazy mechanical subsystems or fancy electrical/pneumatic stuff (some teams received IoC for being early adopters of CAN).
FRC almost certainly needs a programming award. Luckily at champs this year, we got the Autonomous Award, which was a great start. Rumor on the street is that it might go to all events next year instead of just champs, which will be a welcome addition.