Mahmoud AbdelAziz is a founder and business developer at QEYE for Smart Vision Systems, founder and supervisor of ROV Egypt Competition and coordinator of the Minesweepers Competition. He started the EG Robotics project to help build the robotics community in Egypt.
From Grand Challenges such as the recent DRC, to STEM events such as FIRST, to startup pitches such as Robot Launch, competitions have been used to push the state of the art in the field, inspire the next generation of technology experts, create networking opportunities between startups and investors, and much more. But how effective are competitions in meeting these goals? What do participants, coaches and organizers think? Why are competitions important to the field of robotics?
We are surveying participants, team leaders and organizers of robotics competitions to find out. If you have ever been involved in a robotics competition, please take 5-10 minutes to share your experience with us.
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