2020 Ottawa FIRST Robotics Competition Kickoff


Logo for the Carleton University Faculty of Engineering & Design

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and the day everyone’s been waiting for is almost here! It isn’t Christmas or New Year’s, it’s Kickoff Day!

Join your hosts, CU FIRST, and the entire Ottawa FIRST community at Carleton University on Saturday January 4th as the 2020 FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) game, Infinite Recharge, is revealed to the world! We’ll be watching the live broadcast from FIRST Headquarters in Manchester, New Hampshire, and kicking off Build Season by diving into the Rules of the Game, hosting Strategy Sessions, and uniting the teams from Ottawa and surrounding area in the spirit of cooperation and friendship.

A huge thank you to the Carleton University Faculty of Engineering and Design, who will once again be the Presenting Sponsor of this year’s Kickoff and continues to be a strong supporter of FIRST growth in the National Capital Region.

Event Details

Date: Saturday January 4th, 2020
Time: 9AM – 5PM
Cost: FREE admission, $6 for all-day parking pass

All members of the FIRST community across Eastern Ontario are more than welcome to join us, including friends and family! We also encourage teams to invite their sponsors, partners, local politicians, and other special invited guests to attend and learn more about FIRST Robotics.


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Contact Us

We’re here to help! Please forward any questions, special requests, or concerns via email to our FRC Kickoff Director.


Richcraft Hall (formerly River Building), Carleton University
1125 Colonel By Drive
Ottawa, ON, K1S 5B6

An interactive map of the Carleton University Campus is available here


Please use Underground Parking Lot P-16, located under Richcraft Hall, which has been reserved for the Kickoff

All parking lots on the Carleton campus, including P-16, require proof-of-payment displayed in the front windshield, therefore, all vehicles must have a Parking Pass visible at all times while in the lot.

Ottawa FRC Kickoff Event Map
Map of the Carleton University Campus, featuring directions and key locations for the 2020 Ottawa FRC Kickoff

** Be Advised: Failure to properly display a Parking Pass may result in a Fine of $50 or more for No Proof of Payment Displayed/No Permit Visible issued by Carleton University Parking Services. CU FIRST is not liable for any parking fines incurred while attending the event. All inquiries related to parking fines should be directed to Parking Services, where you can pay a fine or submit an appeal**

Morning Coffee & Tea

Early January mornings can get a bit chilly, so we’re happy to offer complimentary hot beverages for all attendees! Tim Horton’s Coffee and Hot Water for Tea will be available on a first-come, first-served basis when doors open at approximately 9AM. Milk, Cream, Sugar, Sweetener, cups and lids will all be provided.

Live Webcast & Game Reveal

The 2020 Season Challenge, Infinite Recharge, will be revealed to the entire world at the same time via a webcast, beginning around 10:30AM. Broadcasting live from Manchester, New Hampshire, FIRST Founder Dean Kamen and special guests will introduce the brand-new game. The broadcast is hosted via Twitch, on the official FIRST channel. Here in Ottawa, all attendees will gather in the main theatre, Richcraft Hall Room 2200, to watch the webcast together.


Thanks to the generous sponsorship of the Carleton University Faculty of Engineering & Design, all attendees will be treated to a free Pizza lunch, including a variety of beverages (Coke, Diet Coke, Ginger Ale, Crush, Iced Tea etc.). Traditionally, the selection includes Cheese, Pepperoni, and Veggie, in addition to Vegan, Halal and Gluten-Free options. If you have any other special dietary needs or restrictions that need to be met, please contact the CU FIRST Kickoff Director to make special arrangements. We’ll do our very best to accommodate any requests, as long as advanced notice is provided.

Note: Per Carleton University policy, all food served on-campus must be provided by Aramark and their affiliated on-campus vendors. Food ordered-in through off-campus vendors is not allowed, unless special permission is given. CU FIRST makes special arrangements to cater the Kickoff in accordance with this policy.

Event Schedule

Time Event Location
9:00AM – 9:30AMArrival, Check-in, and Morning Coffee/TeaRichcraft Hall Atrium
9:30AM – 9:40AMWelcome and AnnouncementsRichcraft Hall 2200
9:40AM – 10:10AMPresentation from the Faculty of Engineering & DesignRichcraft Hall 2200
10:10AM – 10:30AMIce Breakers and TriviaRichcraft Hall 2200
10:30AM – 11:30AMLive Webcast & Game RevealRichcraft Hall 2200
11:30AM – 12:30PMLunch BreakBreakout Classrooms
12:30PM – 1:30PMGame Analysis, Rule Reading and Q&A Richcraft Hall 2200
1:30PM – 5:00PMTeam Breakouts Breakout Classrooms

Presenting Sponsor

Event Partners