I, RoboChamp

One of the last things I helped kick off before I left Microsoft was a simulated robotics competition for developers called RoboChamps.  The first season of RoboChamps is now underway.

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Because it runs in a simulated environment, you don’t need actual robotics hardware (which tends to be expensive for the really fun stuff).  The first season’s challenges includes maze navigation, controlling the Mars rover, a version of the DARPA urban challenge and more.  And the code you write works with real robots too, which you can win in the competition.  Nice work Commissioner Mercuri.