What is BotOberFEST?
BotOberFEST is an event that has been arranged by the Columbus Chamber of Commerce and supported by the Maneuver Center of Excellence in order to raise interest for ground robotics being used in defense and other military divisions. It will take place in Columbus, Georgia on the 20th of October and looks as though it is ready to gain support from military organizations. Support from the military could mean incredible budgets and much faster development of robotic technology. To get the best range of ideas they will be allowing entries from high school students all the way to high up military engineers and international companies.
There are not currently [many] robots that would be close to being combat ready. Although this event is designed to show nations that we’re not as far forward as they might think towards being there. To drive home this point the event will include challenges such as cross-domain competitions during which the army will look for environmentally capable systems. There will also be platform races that are said to show a variety of movement capabilities. The judges will be looking for robots that can drive up to the shoreline, swim through water, submerge and then return to land.