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Districts!

With the release of our preliminary schedules yesterday, everyone can see we’re officially adding two new Districts to FRC.  Everyone is very excited about getting these new Districts up and running!

Something New -- Early Release of Event Dates

Traditionally, FRC has released all event date and location information after Labor Day in September.  By that point, we usually, but not always, have all event dates and locations locked down.  The downside to this approach is that many teams would like to know these dates much earlier, because of the numerous advantages to be able to start planning event attendance before September.  I’ve seen attempts to predict the FRC schedule from bits of data culled from here and there.  This tells me there is enough interest for us to make a change.

FIRST Choice - Liquidation

As you may know, AndyMark has been executing FIRST Choice on behalf of FIRST since its inception in 2011. Since then, very small volumes of excess inventory have accumulated. The nature and volume of the selected items are too small to put in Kickoff Kits, distribute via FIRST Choice in 2014, or ship in Spare Parts cases.

Instead of scrapping these materials, we're going to make them available to FRC teams, for free.

NI Week 2013

NI Week

I want to thank our friends and partners National Instruments for being such wonderful hosts to Don Bossi, Kate Pilotte, Kim Weirman and me at NI Week. They are unbelievably wonderful partners and truly ‘get’ FIRST in every corner of the organization. Thank you!

Frank Answers Fridays: August 2, 2013

Today’s good question comes from Billfred Leverette of Team 2815, Los Pollos Locos, from Columbia, SC

Question:

Why did we not get to see The Holy Cows' Chairman’s video at Championship?

Answer:

Thanks for the question, Billfred.

Invite to Decline -- Follow Up, and Thanks!

Thanks to everyone who shared their thoughts on the Invite to Decline strategy. Reading through them has helped clarify my thinking, and the sheer volume of comments we received shows this was an important topic.

My Apologies

On yesterday's FRC Blog entry discussing our alliance selection procedure, a negative comment was posted that was directed to two specific teams.  Negative comments about specific teams or individuals are not in the intended spirit of this blog, and we should not have allowed them to be posted. I sincerely apologize for that. The comment, and follow-on response, have been deleted.

What Do You Think? The ‘Invite to Decline’ Strategy

I’ve been thinking about the Invite to Decline (also known as the ‘Scorched Earth’) strategy that teams sometimes employ during alliance selection. 

Frank Answers Fridays: July 19, 2013

Today’s good question is from Kevin Leonard, a student from Team 20 in New York.

Question:

Hi, Frank.

I'm Kevin Leonard, a student on Team 20. I was wondering about the former animation competition, why it got scrapped, and if it would ever return.

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