What is FIRST Global

The FIRST Global Challenge invites each country to send a team to compete in our robotics olympics, which takes place in a different nation each year. Themed around the 14 Grand Challenges of Engineering identified by National Academies of Engineering, each year a different Grand Challenge takes center stage in an effort to foster understanding and cooperation among the youth of the world as they use their abilities to solve the world’s problems. The challenges we face as a global society need to be solved, and the next generation can meet the task — together.

2018 Challenge

At the end of the 2017 Challenge, FIRST Global founder Dean Kamen and FIRST Global Founding Member Ricardo Salinas of Grupo Salinas announced that the 2018 FIRST Global Challenge will be hosted in Mexico City, Mexico. See the video.

The Challenge will take place from August 15-18, 2018 at the Arena Ciudad de México.

Our theme for 2018 is “Energy Impact”. From commonly used fossil fuels to environmentally-friendly resources like solar and wind, energy is a tool that powers the different parts of our world one way or another. The 2018 FIRST Global Challenge will explore the impact of the different types of energy we use and how we can make them more sustainable.


The robot has the outer dimensions of 50cmx50cmx50cm. It is built using the REV Robotics Kit (www.revrobotics.com). Teams are only allowed to use parts included in this kit.

2017 Challenge

Last year the theme was “H2O Flow”. Accordingly the tasks, the robots had to solve, were designed. They consisted mainly of collecting balls representing water particles and sorting them by color. The game was played in two alliances a three teams. Thereby we experienced firsthand how important cooperation is for success.