SparkFun Gears Up for Seventh Autonomous Vehicle Competition

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Event welcomes inventors worldwide to battle it out for the top prize in annual race, and showcases grand opening of new retail space

SparkFun AVC 2014

Competitors ready their bots at AVC 2014.

SparkFun’s signature event celebrates ingenuity, inventiveness and good-natured robotic competition.

SparkFun Electronics (http://www.sparkfun.com), a provider of parts, knowledge and passion for electronics creation, is hosting its seventh annual Autonomous Vehicle Competition (AVC), on Saturday, June 20, 2015. Dozens of teams from around the world will converge on the company’s Niwot headquarters for a cutthroat ground race of homemade vehicles and combat robot battles.

SparkFun’s signature event, which runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., celebrates ingenuity, inventiveness and good-natured robotic competition. Teams must enter home-built vehicle that will circumnavigate a pre-set course with various obstacles and challenges without any human intervention. This year’s competition will host a record-breaking number of teams, with entrants competing for cash prizes in several different categories, such as Non-Traditional Locomotion, Doping and Micro. SparkFun also offers smaller prizes in categories such as Engineer’s Choice, for the best-designed vehicle, and the Kill Switch Award, for the most dangerous.

AVC 2015 will also feature exciting combat bot battles based on SPARC standards, with homemade bots fighting to the death. SparkFun is also excited to showcase the grand opening of its retail space at the event! For all attendees, there will be exhibitions and DIY games from external contributors, and hands-on workshops on topics such as soldering, robotics, paper circuits, music hacking and programming. There will also be food trucks and tours of the new building.

The event is open to the public. To read the more about the competition rules and regulations, visit https://avc.sparkfun.com/2015. To buy tickets and register as a spectator for the event, visit http://avc2015.eventbrite.com/.

About SparkFun Electronics

Founded in 2003, SparkFun shares its passion by providing parts, knowledge, and innovation for those looking to explore the world of embedded electronics. It helps anyone discover their inner inventor and enables individuals to create their own electronics projects.

SparkFun currently offers more than 1,800 products, ranging from simple components, like capacitors and resistors, to GPS units and Bluetooth modules. The company employs 150 people and is based in Niwot, Colorado.

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