Something New – Team Avatars

Written by Danny Diaz, FIRST Robotics Competition Systems Engineer.

Avatars have been used in arcade video games since the early-mid 1970’s, and have become a way to represent and identify players and personalities. For the first time ever, FIRST Robotics Competition teams will be allowed to create a Team Avatar, or digital image, that will be used to represent their teams on the FIRST POWER UP Audience Displays at the competitions and on their online team pages. In FIRST POWER UP, the Team Avatar will be displayed alongside other identifying information for a team to represent the team in the Alliance – the Avatar will be a third means of identifying the team alongside the team’s number and nickname.

The Team Avatar is completely optional. There is no element of FIRST POWER UP you won’t be able to play if you don’t create a Team Avatar. In fact, teams who do not create and submit a Team Avatar will be assigned a default Team Avatar for use at the event. The default Team Avatar is not custom to each team, it’s the same for all teams who do not submit a Team Avatar.

Full Team Avatar specs are provided here. Once the Team Avatar submission portal is ready, we’ll post another Blog entry notifying teams along with instructions on how to submit their Team Avatars. It’s important to note that unlike your team’s nickname, teams will not be allowed unlimited changes to their Team Avatar. Each time a Team Avatar is submitted, it will be reviewed by a team member on the FIRST Robotics Competition staff – because of this, teams will only be allowed one (1) submission plus one (1) update. Design a Team Avatar that you will be proud of for the entire season!

Please join us in making the 2018 FIRST Robotics Competition season the most exciting ever!

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A Big Thank You to MLGW/TVA for Robot Showcase Event

We are so grateful for the TVA’s Charlie Spencer and the MLGW’s Board of Directors (Jerry Collins, Lynn Dabney, Ron Walters, and Alonzo Weaver) for inviting us to this great event.

Thanks to the FIRST teams that came out including:

FLL – Havenview Middle School and St. Francis of Assisi (SFA)
FRC – White Station High School (Teams 5045) and MechWarriors / Cloud901 (Team 6815)

And a big thanks to Lien Nguyen and Frank Niedzwiedz for helping out.

A lot more pictures were taken and posted on the MLGW Flickr Account

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Kit and Kickoff Selection and Second Event Preference opened today

Kit and Kickoff Selection and Second Event Preference opened today at noon Eastern Time. The Second Event Preference option will close on Thursday, October 19th at noon Eastern Time. Login before then to make your selections. Initial event registration is still available on the Dashboard to those who have not yet selected their first event.

The list of events, along with open slot info can be found here.

Visit the Season Calendar to find all registration open and close dates for the 2018 FIRST® POWER UPSM season.

For Memphis Teams:

I have been told that FedEx WILL be hosting a kickoff here in Memphis, although it has yet to be posted in the event management system. When I post it here when I hear registration for the event (and to do KOP pickup at the event) is opened.

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MLGW / TVA Student Robotics Showcase

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1. The Team Member Registration System is now opened for youth to register for teams. Goto your FIRST Dashboard to start the process. Need help using the registration system….see THIS DOCUMENT for coaches, parents and students.

2. FedEx will be hosing a kick off here in Memphis (stay tuned for more info on this)

3. Teams should have been notified of their first Regional by now. But according to yesterday’s blog:

Event Assignment Issues
Written by Frank Merrick

We found a bug in the software that was used today to assign teams to events. I apologize for this. Approximately 5% of teams were not assigned the correct event.

We kept the lottery numbers teams had been assigned during the first run of this process and re-ran the process with the bug corrected. We then compared the first-run results with what the results would have been if the bug had not been present.

The majority of the teams affected would have been assigned to events higher on their preference lists. A handful would have been assigned to events lower on their preference lists.

We will be making no changes to teams who would have been assigned an event lower on their preference list.

We are currently reviewing the data for teams that would have been assigned an event higher on their preference list if the bug had not been present. We intend to work to find space at the events those teams should have been assigned to and offer those slots to teams. As we expect some teams may be fine with staying at the event where they are currently assigned, we will be making no re-assignments without permission.

The re-assignment process will take time as we work through the data, find space, and offer slots to teams. We will have more information tomorrow.

I apologize again for this. We are working hard to make it right.


If your team as affected, the coaches will be notified via email….not there will be a short response time on the email so coaches check your email!

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