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2023 FIRST® Championship Information

Oct 20, 2022 Written by Collin Fultz, FIRST® Robotics Competition Program Director




Plans are being finalized for the 2023 FIRST® Championship event. While we don’t yet have all the details confirmed, we wanted to share what we know now.

The 2023 FIRST Championship will host even more FIRST® Robotics Competition teams than 2022. In fact, it may end up being our biggest event ever! We’re planning for at least 600 FIRST Robotics Competition teams spread across 8 divisions. FIRST Robotics Competition will occupy the entire first floor of the George R. Brown Convention Center.

We’re still working through the exact details of how teams will qualify for the event during the 2023 season. We know that we will still have a waitlist, which teams can join starting October 27, 2022 through the FIRST Dashboard.

The following teams will be pre-qualified for the 2023 FIRST Championship based on their performance at the 2022 FIRST Championship:

  • 2022 FIRST Championship Winners: 1619, 254, 3175, 6672
  • 2022 Chairman’s Award Finalists: 1511, 2438, 2468, 6429, 6652
  • 2022 Engineering Inspiration Award Winners: 2096, 2341, 2905, 3928, 4329, 5985
  • 2022 Chairman’s Award Winner: 1629

The FIRST Impact Award, formerly the Chairman’s Award, is the most prestigious award in the program and is the only way FIRST Robotics Competition teams can enter the Hall of Fame. To honor this achievement, Hall of Fame teams that earned their Chairman’s Award at the last ten FIRST Championships prior to 2022 are also pre-qualified teams. These teams are:

  • Team 27, Team RUSH
  • Team 359, Hawaiian Kids
  • Team 503, Frog Force
  • Team 597, The Wolverines
  • Team 987, HIGHROLLERS
  • Team 1114, Simbotics
  • Team 1311, Kell Robotics
  • Team 1538, The Holy Cows
  • Team 1816, The Green Machine
  • Team 1902, Exploding Bacon
  • Team 2614, Mountaineer Area RoboticS (MARS)
  • Team 2834, Bionic Black Hawks
  • Team 3132, Thunder Down Under
  • Team 4613, Barker Redbacks
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