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Prepare for First Event Registration and Sign Up to Beta Test!

Sep 14, 2016 Written by FIRST Robotics Competition Staff.


Are You Ready for First Event Registration?

Have you registered for the 2017 FIRST Robotics Competition season yet? In order to be ready, your Team will need your two (2) Primary Contacts to pass our Youth Protection Policy screening process. Please see this document for detailed documentation about how to check if your Team is ready.


Beta Testing

This year we are once again looking for 90 teams, 30 for each software language, to help us test the 2017 FIRST Robotics Competition software. A small number of teams have been invited to bypass the application process based on past performance in our Alpha and Beta testing. Most of the spots are still up for grabs, though, so make sure to fill out the application found here by Monday, September 26th, if you are interested. Beta teams will be asked to upgrade their 2016 robots to the 2017 software, perform some specific tests, and help educate other teams about the changes for 2017.

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We are an experienced team that uses Java to code our robot with the Command based template and we would be interested in testing the 2017 software and helping our local teams. 

Hi Steven! Thanks for your interest in the 2017 Beta Testing process! Please complete the application for the process found here. Thanks!

What is the approximate time frame during which the Beta testing will take place?

The Beta test is expected to begin roughly the second week of October. The last assigned task will have a requested completion sometime near the end of November, but teams are welcome to keep testing up until Kickoff. -Kevin O'Connor, FRC Robotics Engineer

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