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2019 Quad Cities FIRST Tech Challenge Kickoff

Sept 5 Updates:
Detailed Event Schedule & FTC Resources Posted 
*  Keynote Announced with Michael Hodson, John Deere Software Developer & FTC Alumni & Volunteer 

Quad City area FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) Teams from Iowa & Illinois (students, coaches, and mentors) are invited to attend free of charge, the 5th  annual Quad Cities FTC Kickoff on Saturday September 7, 2019. The event will again be hosted at the John Deere World Headquarters in Moline (One John Deere Place, Moline, Illinois).  Teams and volunteers must pre-register ahead of the event to attend to help insure we have adequate space and refreshments.

The kickoff offers teams an exciting opportunity to see this year’s game revealed live with the full field setup, network with other FTC teams and key volunteers and strategize about the new season. Breakout sessions will be available to share key knowledge and experiences to help all teams to have a great season.  This is expected to include several returning FTC Teams that have previously participated at the FIRST World Championships.

Team Pre-Registration to Attend:
Sign up here by Wednesday, September 4 to Pre-Register & Offer Ideas for Breakouts and/or Volunteer to Present

Volunteer Application:
Sign up here We will continue to accept applications for volunteers until we fill out of the necessary roles.  Most of the volunteer roles don’t require any past experience.  Volunteers are  needed for check-in, crowd control, photos, and experienced judges and mentors for supporting breakout sessions.

Breakout Displays:
Sign up here to request a display for hosting during the networking and breakout #2 on the John Deere display floor.

The event is hosted by John Deere in partnership with the Quad City Engineering and Science Council, Quad Cities FTC Community, FIRST Illinois Robotics and FTC Iowa.  The 2018 event was attended by 29 teams with an estimated 350 attendees.


Consent & Release Forms:
A signed QCESC consent form must be provided at check in for all attendees including teams (students, coaches, and mentors) along with event volunteers and speakers. 

For students who are minors (less than 18 years old), the consent form must be signed by one of their parent or guardians.

Link to a blank QCESC consent form which will also be available at the check-in table.

Event Date:

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Overall Schedule:

  • 8:15 – 8:50 AM Check-In

  • 9:00 – 9:20 AM – Opening, Team Introductions, and Keynote by Michael Hodson, John Deere Software Developer & FTC Alumni & Volunteer 

  • 9:30 – 10:00 AM – Breakout Session #1 (multiple sessions)

  • 10:00 – 10:25 AM – Networking / Break / Snacks

  • 10:25 – 10:55 AM Breakout Session #2 (multiple sessions)

  • 11:00 AM – 11:30 AM –  Game Reveal

Link to Detailed Event Schedule & FTC Key Resources (added 5Sep19) 

John Deere World Headquarters
One John Deere Place
Moline, Illinois

Link to map with information on parking

List of Registered Teams:

2019 QC FTC Kickoff Planning Team:
Rod Brown, Overall Event Coordinator
Eddie Mercado, FTC Lead
Pat Barnes
Srilatha Challa
Jason Dennhardt
Lily Dumas
Sarah Eckert
Sue Kunzeman
Ray Parrish
Dan Portz
Challa Srilatha
Paul Yaklin

Key Links:

  • Photos from Quad Cities Previous FTC Kickoffs in 2018, 2017, 2016 and 2015.
  • Link to Information on FIRST Tech Challenge on FIRST Website
  • Link to FIRST Illinois FTC website
  • Link to FTC Iowa website
  • Link to John Deere FIRST Grant application (link 3/4 down the page)
  • Link to Collins Aerospace FIRST grant application