“AVC” is short for “Autonomous Vehicle Competition”, and this is our fourth time hosting this event. In the past, we've ran this as a spring-time event - leaving the vehicles susceptible to various types of inclement weather. So, by popular demand, we have moved the AVC to the sunny Colorado summer! That's right, on June 16th, 2012, AVC madness will descend on SparkFun headquarters. Read on for more details!
The basic idea behind the competition is to invite people to build an autonomous vehicle that can circumnavigate SparkFun headquarters without any human interference. Whoever does it the fastest, wins! There are quite a few more rules - read them here. We withhold the right to update them at any time, but we'll be sure to make it obvious if we do.
If you're a veteran of previous AVC's, check the rules carefully as there have been a few adjustments this year. Most notably is this one new rule: no quadcopters or heli's of any kind. I know, I know - people love the quads. We do too, truthfully. But they are pretty dangerous and as the event (and crowd) grows, the risk isn't worth the reward. So leave the quad's and heli's at home - sorry folks.
The AVC has become our signature event and is something we are really looking forward to this year. It'll be an awesome day of robotics! Add to that some good times with good company, good music from the house band, and food vendors and I can't think of a better way to spend a Saturday! If you want to register a team go here. But if you'd just like to attend as a spectator, please register at our EventBrite page. Hope to see you there!