FUBACON: A Competition for Truly Awful Robots!

Fubar Labs is excited to announce the first annual FUBACON: A Competition for Truly Awful Robots on August 16, 2015! The event is intended to encourage everyone to – young and old – to take a stab at building there own robot, regardless of their previous experience or technical ability.

“Most robot competitions encourage excellence,” says Rachel Kremen, Community Liason for FUBAR Labs and organizer for the event. “At FUBAR Labs, we want to encourage to make something, have fun, and learn! Perfection is not required! We are eager to see your half-baked ideas in action!”

The competition will follow the rules for Hebocon, a sumo robot competition held in Japan, that inspired the folks at FUBAR Labs to hold their own event. Simply put, two truly awful robots will enter a small arena. The robot that stays in the arena the longest, without falling over, wins. The intention is to keep the robots low budget and low tech, so points will be deducted for robots that use remote controls or automated sensors. Robots also won’t be allowed to compete if they feature anything designed to permanently decommission the competition or generally dangerous to the audience, such as fire or spinning saw blades.

In addition to the Sumo Winner and Runner Up, two other awards will be granted. One will go to the Judges Choice, and another will be granted to the robot that gets the most votes from the audience. “We want to offer several ribbons because we expect a lot of hilarious entries,” Kremen says. The original Hebocon revealed a lot of charming entries, including a wedge-shaped piece of construction paper on wheels and a another bot that simply flapped a soup packet.

“You can learn a lot making something truly awful!” explains Kremen. “You can also have a lot of fun.”

Anyone can participate in the competition, but children under 18 will need an adult to supervise them. (This is a family friendly event, so we ask that you conduct yourself, and your robot, accordingly.) Participants can build their bot at home using whatever they have handy, or they can show at at FUBAR Labs (100 Jersey Avenue, Suite B-103, New Brunswick, NJ 08901) at 1:00 pm and build with us! We’ll have a variety of craft supplies, and small motors (the kind you might find in an electric toothbrush) available for you to use. You can, of course, bring in your own supplies, too.

All competitors must show up in person at FUBAR Labs with their completed robot by 3:00 pm on August 16, 2015. The competition will get underway at 3:30. The event is free for FUBAR Members and $15 per robot entry for the general public. Spectators are welcome as well.

Pre-register here feel free to send an email to community@fubarlabs.org. Also, be sure to read the documents “What is Hebocon” and the “Hebocon Official Rule Book. Post any questions here, or email community@fubarlabs.org.

FUBACON AT A GLANCE
Price: $15 per robot entry 
Date: August 16, 2015
Location: FUBAR Labs, 100 Jersey Avenue, Suite B-103, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

DETAILED DESCRIPTION: What is Hebocon
RULES: Hebocon Official Rule Book.

TIMELINE
1:00 Build Session (Robot Workshop)
3:00 Registration Closes
3:30 Competition Begins!