This site is a social network for current and former Botball participants to meet and hang out, discuss Botball and robotics technology in general, or just have a good time. It is a project of the Botball Youth Advisory Council (YAC) and the KISS Institute for Practical Robotics .
Are you here for the live streams? Click "Botball Live" in the menu at the top of the site!
We're still working on the site and adding features, so you should consider this a beta release. Currently, you can:
It is also home to the YAC's Guide to Botball, a collection of articles aimed at helping new teams learn the skills needed to be competitive in Botball.
Hello Botballers! YAC has been hard at work improving the Botball Live experience for the 2013 regional season. With the Oklahoma tournament under 2 days away, we're excited to announce the 2013 Botball Live!
Reliability has been an issue for Botball Live since the start. This year, cameras are using wired connections rather than Wi-Fi. We expect this to improve stream stability significantly. The entire backend has been redone to give us the ability to do some really cool stuff, which we hope to release in full at GCER, or maybe sooner. ;-) As with any computer system, it is subject to Murphy's Law, but we're hopeful that the new system will be more successful than previous years.
We've also been working on better ways to see the results. YAC is excited to announce the beta release of the Team Tracker. Initially demoed at GCER 2012, the Team Tracker allows you to easily look through results of current or old tournaments. The Team Tracker is based on ideas from former YAC member Jake Hall, was initially coded by YAC VP of Technology Jeremy Rand (Team SNARC), is currently maintained by YAC member Marty Rand (Norman Advanced Robotics), and was beta tested by Daniel Goree (Norman Advanced Robotics). Huge thanks to Jake, Jeremy, Marty, and Daniel for this. Remember, this is a beta release -- there will be bugs, and some features are just plain missing. The Twitter and Joust results systems are still available.
Our first event will be the Oklahoma regional tournament on March 9. Other events will be announced as they get closer. Remember, if you have any feedback anytime during the season on what we can be doing better, post it on the forums. We will also have a YAC Feedback Session at GCER 2013, where Botballers can give YAC suggestions/feedback.
Enjoy the streams!
-The 2013 Botball Youth Advisory Council
Some people have been asking about the YAC 2013 application form; it has been posted on the forum for a while.
Deadline is January 4; please consider applying if you want to help make Botball better!
The 2013 YAC Awards are posted on the top of the screen (click Awards).
Also, the BotPoints 2013 Leaderboard is active on the right-hand sidebar. Start earning BotPoints for the 2013 season!
BotPoints are frozen for the 2012 season. All BotPoints earned after this point will be rolled over to the 2013 season. Congrats to everyone who's used the Community site and earned BotPoints!
The BotPoints Leaderboard will be freezing in approximately one week so that YAC technicians can audit the numbers. Two recent audits both found minor bugs in the BotPoints Leaderboard. These bugs have been corrected, and the current totals are believed to be accurate.
The Live-Blog Challenge is back for GCER 2012! In addition to student blogs, new this year is an Adult division for KIPR Open teams, mentors, and parents.
If your Botball team is interested in blogging GCER, click the Live-Blog Challenge link at the top of the site to get more information.
Botball Youth Advisory Council is pleased to announce that, assuming all goes as expected, Botball Live will live-stream the 2012 Greater DC Botball Regional on Saturday. Click the Botball Live link at the top of the site to tune in. As usual, any technical issues can be reported in the Botballer's Chat.
YAC is pleased to announce that, assuming all goes to plan, Botball Live will stream the 2012 Oklahoma Botball Tournament. We've been working late hours for the past few months getting the system ready, and we hope everyone enjoys it. The main feature that you'll notice is the improved video quality, but there are many improvements behind the scenes, which we will discuss at a later date.
Remember, if any problems come up, notify us in the Botballer's Chat, and we'll have our technicians fix it ASAP.
The long-rumored site redesign is finally here! Enjoy the new look, and please let us know if you encounter any issues.
In other good news, posting is now unrestricted and instant again. (Let us know if the new spam filter causes you any grief.)
Botball Live plans to live-stream the 2011 Autonomous Aerial Vehicle Contest, starting approximately 10:30AM Central time on December 3. Click Botball Live at the top of the site and choose the 2011 AAV Contest. Tell your friends to tune in!