It’s baaaaaack! For the first time since 2016, I will be delivering my Effective First Strategies presentation at the Championship Conference in Detroit! Here are the details
Date of Session: Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Time of Session: 5:00PM - 6:50PM
Room Location: 250BC
This year, FIRST has graciously given us 110 minutes (the longest ever!) to present on this topic, which will allow us to cover some topics at a much more in depth level than the past, as well as covering some topics specifc to the 2019 season and Destination Deep Space, presented by the Boeing Company.
In the past, this presentation has always been given in a conference room that got a little crowded.
So I recommend you get there early to make sure you get a good seat!
Here is the thread discussing the previous edition of this seminar, which also links back to many of the older editions as well.
Along with video of the 2016 version:
Here’s video of the TEDx talk that was inspired by many of the elements of this presentation:
And the abstract:
This presentation focuses on three major areas, Strategic Design, Match Planning/Execution, and Scouting. Rather than spending time on equations and detailed calculations, the Strategic Design gives a more high-level overview of how to design an FRC robot. This portion of the presentation includes sections on such often neglected strategic design areas such as Game Analysis, Chokehold Strategies, Cost-Benefit Analysis, Task Prioritization, and Tradeoffs using a case studies from past games. The Match Planning/Execution section of the presentation discusses effective habits and strategies that will help lead a team to victory. This is a must for those who enjoy the strategic aspects of FIRST. The Scouting section deals with effective techniques to collect information on your partners/opponents, and how to make the most of this data. Advanced statistical metrics analgous to “Sabermetrics” in baseball will also be discussed. The presentation is filled with entertaining and insightful historical FIRST anecdotes from the past 21 years. With the information in this presentation, you can turn your team from a mere competitor to a perennial powerhouse!
If there are any topics you’d like to discussed in detail, or questions you’d like answered, post them here and we’ll be happy to address them during the presentation. One of my favourite parts of this presentation is the interactive nature of the whole thing. If you’re looking for a straight lecture on all the topics, I suggest you watch the webinars we did this fall as part of the Simbot Seminar Series. The Championship edition varies in that the presentation contains more anecdotes and stories from the past, as well lots of live feedback from the audience.
If you’re really into FIRST strategy, looking for personal inspiration, or just want some good FIRST related laughs (or off topic conversations about the NBA playoffs or Avengers Endgame), this is a presentation you won’t want to miss.