By user9154807 on May 26, 2009
I attended the 2009 FIRST Championship April 16-18 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, GA as part of the Java for FRC announcement. We demoed Java running on several robots, over-the-air debugging, and multi-platform development (Windows, Linux, Mac (and we kept getting asked about Solaris)). We gave a couple of talks with James Gosling about Java for FRC.
This was my first time at a FIRST Championship and it was pretty overwhelming.
- 20,000 people
- Hundreds of FRC, FTC, and FLL teams (and robots)
- Four simultaneous competitions in the Georgia Dome
- The World Congress Center filled with pits, practice fields, presentations, and people
But what was really impressive were the teams. It was really clear that FIRST was succeeding at its mission of inspiring students in science and technology. Students didn't just learn that science was cool - they knew that they were cool. These are kids that are not worried about being called geeks, or anything else for that matter:
As always, check out FIRST Robotics @ Sun for information on getting involved with FIRST.