Tuesday, August 30, 2016

T-Minus 12 Days!


MakerExpo is 12 days away meaning there's only 12 days until its robot fighting time once again.

Like last year our honoured guests Mayor Dave Jaworsky (Waterloo), Mayor Berry Vrbanovic (Kitchener) and Councillor Jan Liggett (Cambridge) will join us at 2:30pm for a massive 3-way robot brawl!
Left to Right
Mayor Vrbanovic, Councillor Wolf, Mayor Jaworsky

More over we’ve allied with TV’s battlebots team All Black Robotics to build a fleet of balloon popping mini-bots for kids! Kids in the audience will have an opportunity to take part in the robotic fun.

Mini-bots!!

There is still time to register your robot for Event #3 on September 10th. If you aren'y ready to be a competitor we hope you'll join us in the audience for this 100% free event.


How do I register? 
Registration will open August 1st 2016 and closes September 6th 2016
Spots are limited so register early using our online registration form!

*Registration fee required prior to event (payment through Eventbrite)
You can register now and pay later.

-$25.00CND for 150lb robots
-$15.00CND for 30lb robots
*Eventbrite fees apply
All event fees are folded back into the event, for building the arena, renting equipment, prizes etc.

Due to space restrictions only two competitors per robot are allowed in the pits. Competitors will be given ID badges, required to access the pit area. Additional passes may be offered on a case by case basis.
Email: gcbotbrawl@gmail.com for details and requests.

To register please fill out an event registration form and use Eventbrite to pay registration fees. Using the same email for both will help us organize. Furthermore please print out and bring the Eventbrite ticket with you to the event.

Event Rules
Event Registration
Event Payment
*please use the same email as event registration for fee payment.

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Monday, August 22, 2016

Build Session!

In preparation for Bot Brawl Event #3 at Maker Expo on September 10th we are hosting a builders night at Kitchener Makerspace Kwartzlab!

Join us on August 27th 2016 at 33 Kent ave in Kitchener Ontario! All potential builders welcome. Bring your robots and tune it up in Kwartzlabs workshop, talk shop with fellow builders or get a bit of help where you need it most.

Doors open to all Bot Brawl builders at 6pm!

There is still time to register your bot for our next event! Check out our previous post for details.

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Monday, August 1, 2016

Event #3 registration is live!!


Hello robot builders!

Registration for BotBrawl event #3 at MakerExpo is open now! This years event is on September 10th 2016 at Kitchener City Hall.

Join us on September 10th for some robotic mayhem!!

Once again we are hosting 30lb and 150lb sumo robots, each custom built robot will face off in our 10ft circular arena! Anyone can build and compete, there are a number of intro and how-to's featured on this very blog.

Here's the big news!

Thanks to MakerExpo we are able to introduce a new class of robot this year!!!!

Introducing the MINI BOTS!! These little guys are designed specifically for kids and tasked with the mission of balloon popping. Each robot has two balloons on the back and 2 balloon popping spikes on the front!

We'll have a handful of premade robots ready at Maker Expo this year for kids the in audience to drive around! If its successful and there's a demand we may open this up next year so any kid can compete with a balloon popping robot!

*There is no registration needed for balloon popping robots this year


How do I register? 
Registration will open August 1st 2016 and closes September 1st 2016
Spots are limited so register early using our online registration form!

*Registration fee required prior to event (payment through Eventbrite)
You can register now and pay later.

-$25.00CND for 150lb robots
-$15.00CND for 30lb robots
*Eventbrite fees apply
All event fees are folded back into the event, for building the arena, renting equipment, prizes etc.

Due to space restrictions only two competitors per robot are allowed in the pits. Competitors will be given ID badges, required to access the pit area. Additional passes may be offered on a case by case basis.
Email: gcbotbrawl@gmail.com for details and requests.

To register please fill out an event registration form and use Eventbrite to pay registration fees. Using the same email for both will help us organize. Furthermore please print out and bring the Eventbrite ticket with you to the event.

Event Rules
Event Registration
Event Payment
*please use the same email as event registration for fee payment.

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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Just over 9 weeks until Event #3!

We're counting down, just over 9 weeks left until the robots descend on Maker Expo at Kitchener City Hall on September 10th! 

Event #3 will feature our new upgraded 10ft diameter arena with 30lb and 150lb robots!

If you plan to compete on September 10th at Maker Expo its time to get building. We've put together a comprehensive list of components and how-to's.

Check out these posts

Lets not forget that these robots can be built from almost anything, from steel to plywood it all comes down how inventive a builder you are. Of course we recommend giving yourself as much time as possible to complete your build. Even for the most experienced builders it ALWAYS takes longer then you expect.

Don't forget to review the rules while designing your robot

If you and your team have questions please shoot us an email!

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Monday, June 20, 2016

Event #2 Results

Bot Brawl Event #2 is at a close!
Thank you to all our competitors and everyone in Cambridge for showing up!
Thanks to Cambridge Arts Festival for hosting us.

Our winners this weekend

30lb robots: 
First - Ralph
Second - Gigarange
Third - Lugtread

150lb robots:
First - SARS
Second - Hold The Door
Third - 4Low

Best Driver:
Hold The Door

 Coolest Robot:
Mule



Here are a few pictures from this weekends event!
Our next event is on September 10th at Maker Expo in Kitchener Ontario.
Registration opens on August 1st 2016.

If your interested in building your own robot please review our rules and the many of instructions on this website.

Big thanks to Operandi for sponsoring the BotBrawl area this year!

150lb Knuckle Sandwich


150lb Crusher

30lb Gigarange

150lb SARS + Bricks for weight

30lb Gloomy fiberglass shell

150lb Mule repairs under way (yes its gas powered) 









30lb Ralph


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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Event 2 is fast approaching!

Clear your calendar, fuel up your car and drive down to Cambridge Ontario this Saturday! We are hosting a 15 robot brawl as part of Cambridge Arts Festival! Event #2 marks new teams, new robots and a new arena!

Thats 10am-6pm at Cambridge City Hall
50 Dickson St, Cambridge


We've upgrade the arena from an 8ft circular area to a massive 10ft arena! This will give the big 150lb bots a lot more room to smash, bash and fight.

Shout out to Dalton of Massacre Robotics and Jason of Team Terror for upgrading our arena!


If your interested in building your own robot and competing at BotBrawl then check the rest of this blog for how-to's and instructional. Our next event is on September 10th 2016 at Maker Expo in Kitchener.


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Thursday, June 2, 2016

Registration for Event #2 is at a close!

Big thanks to the teams who registered for Event #2 at Cambridge Arts Festival on June 18th!

If you weren't able to build a robot this time around then join us for the grand brawl right in front of Cambridge city hall starting at 10am!

Here are our competitors for Event #2;

Robot Weight ClassRobot NameTeam Name
Hobby Class Sumo (30 LB)LugtreadMassacre Robotics
Hobby Class Sumo (30 LB)R-B-ONEScholars
Hobby Class Sumo (30 LB)RalphRoboFreaks
Hobby Class Sumo (30 LB)GigarangeRobot Mafia Robotics
Hobby Class Sumo (30 LB)GloomyTerror
Hobby Class Sumo (30 LB)RedemptionWild Card Robots
Clever Class Sumo (150 LB)TankensteinOrbital Spin
Clever Class Sumo (150 LB)Public enemy Robot Mafia Robotics
Clever Class Sumo (150 LB)MuleTerror
Clever Class Sumo (150 LB)Hold The DoorBeaverworX
Clever Class Sumo (150 LB)4 LowProjects Addicts Anonymous
Clever Class Sumo (150 LB)Grand River ExpressGenesis
Clever Class Sumo (150 LB)HelenwheelsBeta
Clever Class Sumo (150 LB)AlphadogAlpha
Clever Class Sumo (150 LB)SARSMassacre Robotics

Event # 3 takes place on September 18th so start building now!

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