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2017 Einsteins and more!

Aug 26, 2016 Written by Frank Merrick.



I’ve seen a few questions about whether both FIRST Championships will have Einstein fields. Yes, they will. All subdivision winning alliances at both Championships will rightly be able to say they made it to Einstein.


Stop Build Day (Time)

A concern has been raised to me that, since Kickoff happens simultaneously around the world, yet the Stop Build Day deadline is midnight on a Tuesday wherever a team happens to be, teams in different parts of the world actually have different amounts of time to work on their competition robots. While the differences between many teams would be trivial, teams in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA actually get 20 more hours to work on their competition robot than teams in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia under this approach. This difference is nothing to sneeze at and seems unfair. So, for 2017, all teams will be required to stop building no later than whatever local time is the equivalent of midnight, Tuesday (meaning the midnight that falls between Tuesday and Wednesday, I recognize the term can be ambiguous) in the Eastern Time Zone. I know this can add some confusion, and may mean some teams will try to push themselves into the wee hours or later, but it does bring this in line with how we deal with award submission deadlines, and also eliminates an unfairness in the system that will only grow as we continue to grow worldwide. Please check what time this is for you to get ready! 


I’m getting pumped for another great season! Can’t wait to reveal this year’s game!



Thanks for the needed revision!  

Why not use midnight GMT as the Stop Build Day (Time)? That way everybody would stop simultaneously.

With everyone stopping their local equivalent of midnight EST, everyone will still be stopping simultaneously.  We may still convert this to GMT to make it easier,  However, midnight GMT would be 5PM to 8PM for the great majority of our teams, limiting the ability to work evenings/nights for most of them.  With teams outside the time zones in the North American continent, this is still a challenge with the midnight EST equivalent deadline, but at least all teams will have the same number of hours to work.  

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