On Friday, WPI formally released the competition rules and regulations for the Robotics Innovation Competition and Conference. The RICC [previously] is a competition for undergraduate or graduate students that encourages them to develop a robot and accompanying business plan that solves a real-world problem -- this year the theme is "Quality of Life." Checkout their website for all the information. Registration is free.
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I'm currently serving on the steering committee for the RICC, the Robotics Innovations Competition and Conference. The RICC, being planned by Worcester Polytechnic Institute (home of the US's first undergraduate robotics major) and currently sponsored by an NSF education grant, is designed to attract those students that were raised on FIRST, BEST, and BotBall and are looking for a new and different robotics challenge in college. Unlike many robotics competitions, the RICC is meant to be a well-rounded event: not only must students design and build a …