My Team is hosting one of the events (the PRHS event to be specific).
GA has hit major expansion especially with the new STEM push that’s been happening in our state. The VEX kits are easy to use, the VEX hardware is easy to get familiar with, and the VEX staff in the area is extremely easy to work with.
So obviously when people are looking for competitions to enter as a team, VEX presents a very good start, hence the 11 tournaments in the area.
IFI has the raw data - I don’t know if they have it organized yet - I have asked them to consider using zip codes as a useful way to describe teams’ locations without giving out the teams’ exact addresses; but everything takes time (and time is money…).
Its my understanding that there are currently 155 scheduled events and a little over 1050 teams (non-Chinese) registered so far for this year’s competition.
I think that there were about 1300 teams last year, so with the growth potential, we could be looking at over 2000 teams for this year, including the Chinese teams.
Not only are there more teams, but there are more entries per team this year as well.
I believe that one of the biggest areas of growth will be in the college teams. I know that there are a lot of high school graduates that are ‘Jonesing’ for a robotic competition. We could see some college regionals soon, as well as more college teams at the World Championships.
This is consistent with the email that Jason Morrella sent out two weeks ago when he announced that more than 1,300 teams had already registered. I think Paul’s estimate is pretty close. I’ll see if I can get a team distribution by country or postal code map up. I think it might be fun to see where the teams are, too.
Just in case you were wondering, there is a separate Chinese-language registration site run by a partner. It’s not as easy for us English-speakers to see data from China since it’s not – you know – in a language most of us USAian VEX people can read.
There are now two college VEX competitions on RobotEvents.com – one in Baltimore on Feb. 19-20, and another in Worcester, MA, on March 20.
interesting data x]. Representing hawaii, so far we’ve won (got 1st) in two competitions (as of today: Maui, and Moanalua competitions), also winning Excellence and Judge awards. Just to note we may be hosting a competition early next year, so there are still plenty of chances to win a spot for dallas x]. Good luck every one.