Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Meet The Builders! Segment #1 -Ravi Baboolal-

Our first segment of 'Meet the Builders' is out!
Join Bot Brawl founder and Maker Expo organizer Ravi B of All Black Robotics with a rundown of his 100lb robot Roach!

More to come as the various robot fighters competing in Bot Brawl's Ontario based events walk you through their robots and build styles.

Check back next week for Segment #2!

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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Event #1 wrap up - Meet the Builders - Mayoral Battle

Good morning Makers!

We are now 3 days post Maker Expo and what a show that was! 
Despite a few downpours and grey sky Maker Expo hosted 7500 attendee's!

We would like to thank Maker Expo for hosting us and putting on an amazing show, cannot wait for 2016. Our sponsors Fingertech Robotics and Kinetic Maker Lab for their support, all our competitors who stuck it out in the rain and of course all of you who showed up to catch the battles!

We had a lot of great fights and thanks to KML they were all recorded. It will take us some time to process all the video but check back on where to find them.

-Meet The Builders-

Over the course of the next few weeks we will be posting a few 'Meet The Builder' videos where we meet with a few of our builders in their shops and discuss their robot, why they built them the way they did and some details on component selection.

Our first segment will go live later this week with founder and builder Ravi Baboolal of All Black Robotics and his bot Roach!

150lb fighting robot Roach - All Black Robotics

There is so much information to share but lets start with our winners for event #1
150lb class:
1st place - E.Honda <right> (Team Maple Bacon)
2nd place - SARS (Massacre Robotics)
3rd place - Grand River Express (Team Genesis)

30lb class:
1st place - Gigarange <right> (Robot Mafia)
2nd place - Lug Tread (Massacre Robotics)
3rd place - Dado Demon (Death By Design) 

-Mayoral Battle-
Big congratulations to Mayor Berry Vrbanovic from Kitchener who won the mayoral brawl!

Full videos of the battle will be out shortly. This was a lot of fun! Huge thanks to the mayors for their support and dedication. You can tell they had a blast!

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Thursday, September 17, 2015

2 Days to go!! Mayors + Toronto Star Article + Live Stream!

2 days until Canada's large and most brutal robot fight! 
Fights will run 10am - 6pm with the special Mayoral Battle starting at 2:30pm.
Sept 19th at Kitchener City Hall @ Maker Expo

 -Mayors Tricities Battle - 
Huge shout out to Berry Verbaonic, Dave Jaworsky and Pam Wolf for accepting out challenge and attending on Saturday. Not only are they fighting but allowed us to join up with the Maker Expo crew for a special kind of photo shoot. Turning each mayors office into a work shop we set them and let the photographer call the shots. Check out the each mayors robot story here;

Mayor Dave Jaworsky of Waterloo:

Acting Mayor Pam Wolf of Cambridge:
Mayor Berry Vrbanovic of Kitchener:

- Toronto Star - 
On August 28th the Toronto Star joined us and many other robot builders at Kwartzlab Makerspace in Kitchener for our first build session. 

Here is the resulting article! And its killer. 

*I never said Buggin'!!!*

Thanks to our sponsor Kinetic MakerLab we are able to live stream Saturdays fights including the mayoral battle at 2:30pm. 
If you can't join us on Sept 19th you can still catch the fights! Just go to the link below and you can watch the fights from your computer.

UStream portal: 

The live stream will be up by 11am on Saturday if not sooner. 
*tournament fights begin 11am* 

Thats a lot of GoPro's

You don't want to miss this
Trust me.
Event Date: September 19th 2015

Kitchener City Hall

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Thursday, September 10, 2015

Bot Brawl Build Session 2 + Video/Photos

Boy oh Boy we are but 1 week away from Sept 19th and the robot battles.
To say the least we have been BUSY.

Join us on Sept 19th 10am-6pm at Maker Expo at Kitchener City Hall.

This event is turning into something amazing, with 19 teams and droves of fighting robots we will be running fights throughout the day. Not to mention our special TriCitiesBrawl with mayors of Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge which begins at 2:30pm.

Ravi Baboolal of All Black Robotics teamed up with Darin White and knocked down the doors of Cambridge and Waterloo city hall for a photo shoot with acting mayor Pam Wolf and mayor Dave Jaworsky.  All in preparation for the TriCitiesBrawl where the 3 mayors of Waterloo Region will descend upon the arena and kick bot.

Check out the story on Mayor Dave Jaworksy and acting Mayor Pam Wolf!

Mayor Dave Jaworsky of Waterloo
Acting Mayor Pam Wolf of Cambridge

- Build Session -

We are proud to announce another Bot Brawl Build Session!
Join us on Sept 18th 5pm-10pm at Kwartzlab
All of our teams are welcome and the arena will be setup so you can get your practice in.
Interested parties welcome!

At our last build session we were joined by The Toronto Star! We can't wait for that story to go live.

*You should be telling everyone you know about this!*

Here are a bunch of pictures from the last two weeks.
150lb The Pusher - Robot Mafia
Build Session #1

30lb Gigarang - Robot Mafia
Build Session #1

Mock 30lb Battle

The Pusher getting a snack

 Taking a break with Brian from the Toronto Star

DW shooting Pam Wolf at Cambridge City Hall

Mmmm big fat 60amp electrical distribution system

150lb Roach - All Black Robotics
Getting fitted for electrical

30lb Lug Tread - Masscare Robotics
Farm tools for the win!