I’ve been waiting to post on CD regarding the possibility of a first-ever Colorado off-season event until things were more clear. This last week a LOT has fallen into place, so it’s time to make the announcement and begin to invite y’all to join us.
WHAT: Energy Day Colorado, along with Team 1339, Team 1619, and Team 2996, are hosting the second annual Elevate Your Game conference, combined with Power Up the Rockies, an exhibition-style competition based on the 2018 FRC game Power Up! These will be held on the same day, and will be the main attraction at the Energy Day Colorado festival. https://energydayfestival.org/colorado/
WHEN: September 21-22. Setup and pit load in will be between 4-8 pm on the 21st. Pits will open at 7:00 AM on the 22nd, with practice rounds being brief, from 8:00-9:00. Competition rounds will go from 9:30-2:30, eliminations from 3:00-4:30, prizes at 5:00.
WHERE: East High School, 1600 City Park Esplanade, Denver, CO, 80206. Weather permitting, we will set up pits, practice field and competition field on the esplanade in front of the school. If there is ANY indication of bad weather, the event will be inside the school, with one gym for a pit/practice area, and the other for the competition field. All Elevate Your Game talks will be in classrooms inside the school.
PRIZES Ikea has offered to provide one deserving team with a “Robotics Lab Makeover”, which if I understand correctly means cabinets, work tables, seating, and a new pit design. This is a BIG DEAL worth thousands of dollars, and I need to find out more about how they intend to choose the deserving team. I expect I will be giving y’all an application within the next week or so.
Energy Day has also offered a cash prize to the winning alliance of at least $1000. I’m going to see if they will up the prize to $1500 to split.
COST: None. The event is being paid for by Energy Day and their sponsors, including power generation to the pits.
SPONSORS AND PROMOTION: There will be a number of large and prominent companies attending the event, some of whom have already expressed serious interest in sponsoring teams. This may be your best chance this year to procure new and substantial sponsorship for your team! In addition, CBS will be in attendance and will be filming the event. It is my understanding that this is the NATIONAL affiliate and not the local channel, but don’t hold me to that. I do know they are planning on creating a lot of footage of the event, which y’all can use in your own videos for Chairman’s or whatever.
SIGN UP: I’m attaching a Google form that you can use to sign up officially, or to ask me questions. I realize this isn’t a lot of notice, but things have moved rapidly on this recently. I’m very excited to see how this turns out! We’d love to have teams from all over the state and region attend and have some fun with us.
Here’s the sign up doc: