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Hello Friend,

The 2018 FIRST® Robotics Competition Kickoff is this Saturday, January 6th! We have some important details concerning the FIRST POWER UPSM Kickoff and season to share with you below.
  • The Kickoff Broadcast will begin at 10:30 A.M. Eastern Time.The pre-show starts at 10:00 A.M. During the pre-show you can get settled and make sure your A/V equipment is working before the big show begins at 10:30 AM. If your team is not able to attend a local Kickoff, you can stream the Kickoff Broadcast through Twitch. Please visit the Kickoff Broadcast page in the before Saturday to make sure that you will be able to access the live stream and troubleshoot any issues ahead of time.
  • The 2018 Kit of Parts dimensions are now available on the Kit of Parts page, as referenced in this blog post.
  • **TIME SENSITIVE** Don’t forget to take inventory of your Kickoff Kit! After receiving your Kickoff Kit, please check all items to determine if parts are missing or damaged. If so, you can let us know by 12:00 P.M. (noon) Eastern Time on Friday, January 12, and we’ll ship replacements. This is a time-limited, one-time-only opportunity. Details on how to complete the missing parts process are here.
  • The encrypted Game Manual as well as other important documents for the season have been posted on the Game and Season page. The Encryption code will be available on Saturday, January 6 at the end of the Kickoff broadcast. You may want to download those documents now so you will be ready when the time comes!
Team Support Available on Kickoff Day: Team Support will be available on Saturday, January 6 from 9:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. Eastern Time. For assistance, please call 1-800-871-8326 ext. 0. 
 
Extended Deadline Approaching!  Last call for FIRST Championship Conference proposals: If you are interested in submitting a proposal for a presentation in Houston or Detroit, please submit your idea on or before Monday, January 8, 2018 by clicking here to fill out a short application.
 
Don’t forget about Awards during the build season! Make sure your team is aware of award submission deadlines as they arrive. Be sure to check the Awards page for submission details and deadlines. Keep up to date with all important season deadlines by visiting the Season Calendar throughout the year.

As always, we are here to help. Please contact our Customer Support Team with any questions, or if you need help, visit our "Contact Us" webpage:

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Sincerely,

FIRST® Robotics Competition Team Support

603.666.3906 x 0  |  firstroboticscompetition@firstinspires.org  |  www.firstinspires.org

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