Robotic Mayhem in April

April, aka RoboMonth. Home to National Robotics Week and pretty much all the major robotics championship. Here’s a rough roundup of competitions across the country: VEX World Championship April 18-21 – Anaheim, CA The championship for the robotics kit found in classrooms throughout the world. RoboGames April 20-22 – San Mateo, CA The biggest fighting robot event around, along with other great robotics events. FIRST Championship April 25-28 – St. Louis, MO Grand finale for Dean Kamen’s robotics event. Last years competition was featured on TV with Will.i.am. USATL (BattleBots and BotsIQ) April 27-29 – Miami Beach, FL Can’t wait for Robogeddon? Check out the original fighting robots as the BattleBox makes its return to the STEM Tech Olympiad, for high school, college, and professional division battles. This is where I’ll be, along with some of the teams from the film, some now battling in the college division....

Live Q&A From Miami Tonight

Watch live streaming video from botshigh at livestream.com Tune in tonight (or today, depending where you are) at 8:30 PM EST to watch the Q&A with cast and crew from the Miami screening for today’s Bots High worldwide screenings. Tweet your questions to @botshigh. And a new DVD page was launched. Check it out here. You can also get the film on...

Bots High at Geek Film Festival This Weekend

What better way to celebrate America’s freedom than by watching robots smash each other up! Bots High will be at the Geek Film Festival this weekend, which is part of Florida Supercon. I’ll be there for Q&As, along with some of My Mechanical Romance and Mechanical Misfits. Screening Times: Saturday, July 2 – 2:00 PM Sunday, July 3 – 2:45 PM Since the festival is part of Supercon, you just need to get a day pass to Supercon. Once in you can watch as many movies as you want (like Minecraft, Back to Space-con, Connected, or Star Wars Begins) and check out the festival. Also, if you’re interested in filmmaking stuff I’ll be on some panels. Independent Filmmaker Panel Saturday at noon and Florida Filmmaker Sunday at 1. DVDs (and now t-shirts and posters!) will be on sale. Hope to see you...

Robot Death Match and Bots High at O Cinema

More Miami fun! Come check out Bots High this Saturday, April 9 at O Cinema, presented by the Borscht Film Festival. Preceding that will be a Robot Death Match. It’s one of the Miami New Times’ picks for Art Walk! Borscht Film Festival’s Robot Death Matches 7-9 PM @ 2201 NW Second Ave We’ll have robots battling electronics, robots battling robots, people battling people (as robots) and robots battling people. JK about the last one. Or am I? Guess you’ll have to come and find out. Bots High at O Cinema 10 PM @ 90 NW 29th St. Now is your chance to make up for the other Miami screenings you missed. Check out the film at O Cinema, followed by a Q&A. Plus get your Bots High DVD, as right now they’re only available in person. Get your tickets here from O Cinema Facebook Event to...

Robot Invasion of SXSW: Success

Just got back from SXSW in Austin. What an awesome trip – and awesome city! Going there was an experience in itself. I took a ride on the StartupBus – a bus full of entrepreneurs trying to launch a company in 48 hours on the way to SXSW. There was a lot of the same energy you find in robot building, especially the pit area. As for SXSW adventures, the first day after landing we were at Dorkbot – a “science fair” full of geeky projects. Bots High had a booth there, in the middle of roaming robots, egg drop contests, and electricity orchestras. Met John Funk, who is working on a sci-fi series shot with miniatures and robot toys. He even built a robot out of toy parts. Over the weekend I found out Google was sponsoring a LEGO sumo robot battle – on a rooftop at midnight! Had to check it out. Talk about madness – a bunch of teams had been building for four hours, programming LEGO MindStorm kits and building autonomous robots to battle it out in table top sumo wrestling. It was a great event – and afterwards the LEGO’s were donated to local schools. Then came the big event – the Bots High screening. It was great – lots of laughs, great reaction. And a really great Q&A/discussion afterwards. Best question – why didn’t SXSW play it! University of Texas looked awesome, I wish I had more time to explore. As I was leaving I got a peak through a window to see The Vislab, a giant wall of 75 connected Dell monitors...

Bots High Invades SXSW

The robots are invading SXSW! Come check out Bots High at the following events in Austin during SXSW. Ignite / Dorkbot 28 – 3.11 6-10 PM Bots High will have a booth at the Dorkbot Science Fair. Watch videos, meet the crew, and enjoy the other booths of projects and Ignite talks. Location: Austin Music Hall, 208 Nueces, Austin, TX Free for SXSW badge holders, $10 general admission. Tickets here. Facebook Event to share Bots High Screening – 3.15 6 PM Bots High is teaming up with the Women in Engineering Program at University of Texas to screen the film on campus. This is a totally free screening so come check it out! Where: Avaya Auditorium in the A.C.E.S. Building. 201 East 24th Street | Austin, Texas 78712 Facebook Event to Share Eventbrite Registration Page Watch and Share the Trailer View stills from the film | View the full press...