The encrypted Game Manual will be available for you to download a few days before Kickoff, so all you’ll need to do is enter the security code you will learn at the end of the main portion of the broadcast to get going.
I’m going to be on Spotlight, a FIRST Updates Now production, at 8:30 PM EST Tuesday, January 5th. FIRST Updates Now is hosted by Tyler Olds from FRC Team 2826, Wave Robotics. You can tune in live or check out their their YouTube channel to watch later. This is pretty much an AMA (hipsters tell me that stands for ‘Ask Me Anything’). While I’m willing to be asked any questions, I won’t be answering any questions dealing with confidential information, such as questions about the 2016 game. But most other questions are fine.
I really like these community-based webcasts. They’re a big part of FIRST Fandom and one of the reasons we have such a rich and engaging culture!
Chairman’s Award Feedback Forms
As we said before, written Chairman’s Feedback from Judges is returning this year. View the form we will be using. I want to thank our Hall of Fame team members, and especially Karthik Kanagasabapathy, for their help in reviewing and developing this form. I also want to thank our Chief Judge Advisors, Allen Bancroft and Cindy Stong, for finding a way to make this work, and Tim Huffman from our Volunteer Resources Department for coordinating the activity necessary for getting this in place.
As noted on the form, feedback is not automatic. It must be requested by the team at the start of the Chairman’s Award interview by handing in the form with Team Number and Name filled out. In prior years, when written feedback was completed on every team, Judges have reported several instances of teams not picking up their feedback forms at the end of events. While some of these instances may have been communications problems, there was a sense that some teams just weren’t interested in feedback, and this led to wasted effort on behalf of Judges who already had a great deal to get done in a very short time. I personally hope every team submitting for Chairman’s Award will want feedback this year, but to get it you will need to ask.
Only a few days until Kickoff! I’m totally pumped!