Founder's Reception

Bedford, NH - Friday, January 2, 2015

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There will be a reception on Friday, January 2nd, 2015 from 6:00 P.M to 8:30 P.M. at WestWind, the home of Dean Kamen, Founder of FIRST. This event is by invitation only and we ask that all guests are 18 years or older. If you have interest in attending, your team's Main or Alternate Contact may login to TIMS to register up to two (2) adults to attend the Founder's Reception on behalf of your team. We ask that all attendees have graduated from high school; current high school students will not be admitted. The deadline to register for the Founder's Reception is Friday, December 5th. Please consider sending a team member that has not attended in previous years or a team sponsor.

This is a private home and event, so we ask that you please use common sense, good manners and Gracious Professionalism during your visit. Please refrain from using cameras, video cameras, or other recording devices.  We also ask that guests not touch or handle items that are on display. Please be sure that all food and beverages remain in the designated food-service area. Your cooperation at this event is very much appreciated.

We continue to create a focused event with limited invitees, in order to allow participants a better opportunity to meet and speak with others. We hope our Veterans and strongest Advocates will welcome our Rookies into the FIRST family by sharing their experiences and best practices.

Notes for those attending the event:

  • Casual attire
  • Food & Non-alcoholic beverages provided
  • Shoe covers will be provided at the door, in the case of inclement weather
  • Prior to the event, an email will be sent to registered attendees containing additional information about the Founder's Reception.

Founder’s Broadcast

We are excited to invite the entire FIRST community to watch the live broadcast of the Founder’s Reception from Dean’s home.  Highlights will include interviews with veteran and rookie mentors and an interview with FIRST Robotics Competition Director Frank Merrick, where he will reveal new details about the upcoming 2015 Season.  Don’t miss it!

The broadcast will start on Friday, January 2, 2015 at 7:00pm (ET).
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Please note:  a recording of this broadcast will not be available afterwards- this is a once in a lifetime opportunity!

Transportation to the Founder's Reception

Please note - there will be no driving to, or parking at WestWind. Guests must park and use the shuttle service at McKelvie Middle School, 108 Liberty Hill Road, Bedford, NH. Shuttle service will begin at 5:30 P.M. Please look for signs designating the pick-up and drop-off locations for the buses. Shuttle busses will run to and from WestWind continuously from 5:30 P.M. - 8:45 P.M.

Directions to McKelvie Middle School

From Manchester, NH; Everett Turnpike - Route 3; I-293; I-93.
Route 101 West to the Junction of 114 and 101 (set of lights).
Continue left on 101W (towards Bedford).
Turn left onto Nashua Road (light at intersection).
Take the first left (after ball field) onto County Road
Follow to end; McKelvie Middle School will be located diagonally across the street.
Parking is on the Right side of the school

Departure from WestWind

Buses from McKelvie School will run continuously to drop off reception guests leaving the Founder’s Reception. Coordinate your departure time from WestWind with your guests. The last bus leaving WestWind will be at 8:45 P.M.

For More Information

Please contact FIRST Team Support at 800-871-8326 for general questions, or email