For the sixth year, the RoboJackets will be hosting the 2014 Regional FRC Kickoff at Georgia Tech on January 4, 2014. Teams are required to register on the FIRST website for the kickoff. The kickoff will consist of breakfast, guest speakers, live broadcasting, robot demos, and workshops. The event will begin with breakfast at 8:45AM in the Georgia Tech FERST Center atrium.

  • To guarantee sufficient amount of materials for workshops, participating teams will need to register for them below – one per team. Please fill out the RoboJackets Kickoff Form here.
  • In addition to the FIRST release form, all attendees are required to fill out a GT release form as well – for each kickoff attendeeGT General Waiver Hand in at Sign In

Event Timeline

  •  8:30 AM – Event opens to teams with breakfast, robot displays, demos, and judges Q&A. (Ferst Center)
  • 9:30 AM – Welcome talks (Ferst Center)
  • 10:30 AM – Kickoff Broadcast starts (Ferst Center)
  • 11:00 AM – Field Viewing and Kit of Parts handout; two team members and a mentor to pickup kit (Ferst Center loading dock)
  • 12:45 PM – Loading dock closes; end of kit of parts distribution
  • 12:45 PM -1:30 PM Lunch break (lunch not provided)
  • 1:30 PM – Workshops begin
  • 5:30 PM – Workshops end

Parking Instructions

Parking for personal vehicles at this year’s kickoff will be in parking deck W02(parking located between Areas 2 & 3) located on this map. A GT Parking attendant will a flat rate payment for parking as you enter the deck on a per vehicle basis.  Alternatively you may park in paid parking Areas 2 & 3; however, these lots are charged on an hourly basis.

Busses may park along Ferst Drive or Tech Parkway during the event.



Workshops are vital in creating an easy transition into the start of the FIRST season. One of the RoboJackets’ primary goals is to have all teams who attend the workshops to leave with a KOP robot that will require only some final assembly. The RoboJackets highly encourage teams to attend these helpful workshops to learn and receive guidance. In order to help teams, the RoboJackets will be holding workshops in several areas of FIRST robotics.
The following are the four workshop tracks that will be available for teams:

  • Mechanical: Robot Quick Build Session.
  • Electrical: Assembly of the electronics, wiring guide lines, CRIO wiring, and a few pointers on past problems. This will be part of the Robot Quick Build Session
  • Strategy Brainstorm: Teams will be given the opportunity to go over rules and discuss game play strategies.
  • LabVIEW Programming: A crash course of LabVIEW basics, vision, simple autonomy, and cRIO setup/configuration. Laptops will be provided during the workshop with LabVIEW so that groups may follow along. Teams are however encouraged to bring their own laptops with last years LabVIEW installed.

Here is a list of tools for the mechanical and electrical parts of the Robot Quick Build Session:

Mechanical :

  • Cordless drill w/
    • 3/8″ socket
    • 5/16″ socket
    • 9/16″ socket
    • 5/32″ Ball End Hex Bit
    • alternatively, bring the equivalent hand tools
  • 1/2″ Combination wrench
  • Pliers
  • Hammer
  • Tape measure
  •  Marking pencil/pen/marker
  • Flat head and Phillips screwdrivers


  • Wire strippers
  • Wire cutters
  • Wire crimpers – a good set with handles at least 7” long
  • Phillips screwdriver ( #2)
  • Flat Screwdriver
  • Wago flat screwdriver (supplied in FIRST kit)
  •  3/8” combination wrench
  • 10mm combination wrench
  • Tape measure
  • 7/16” combination wrench


The workshops will be located in the Instructional Center. Also note that cutting or sawing of any components is strictly forbidden.

If you have any questions, please contact the Kickoff Coordinator, Sue Pedapudi at sugandhapedapudi@gmail.com