Yesterday, FIRST uploaded this video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_nZwiZcC5U&feature=share – to their YouTube account.
A quick Google search for “Jane Cosmetics robotics” leads to a number of puff pieces about their sponsorship of the event, with some being more accurate than others.
I was not able to see opening ceremonies today because of work; did the representative from this company give a speech? What was its content?
Given FIRST’s recent focus on improving representation of minorities and women in FIRST and STEM, generally, the inclusion of this sort of messaging seems completely tone deaf and at odds with the work we’ve been doing elsewhere.
I am really unhappy to see this. This is a big miss on FIRST’s part.