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New formula of ERC

Dear Teams,
Remember that registration for ERC 2016 is still in progress. This is the third edition, therefore, you know what you can expect on basis of substantive. But ERC is much more than just Mars rovers competition. This years changes are implemented on other areas than competition zone.

The indoor competition
The event formula has evolved. ERC 2016 will take place in Podkarpackie voivodeship. Exhibition and Congress Centre (CWK) in Jasionka is located in direct neighbourhood of Rzeszów International Airport (and about 2 hours from Kraków Airport). With its amazing architecture, the building refers to the future colonization of Mars. In addition, transfering the competition field under the roof of CWK guarantees perfect conditions for competitions, completely independent of the prevailing weather outside.

The mentoring workshop
After the competition part there will be organized the mentoring workshop dedicated especially for you – the competition players. We will Focus on the development of technologies, methods of financing projects and relevant strategies to build your own image. It is woth to take a part in the workshop, because judges will use its context to summarize the competition, discuss tasks and also they will provide valuable guidance for the future.

Rover Challenge Series
For the end we left the most exciting news. European Rover Challenge 2016 is the very special edition of the competition. Along with Kevin Sloan, URC Director, we established Rover Challenge Series – the most prestigious robotics challenge league. The Mars Society, which is managing the league, will lead a common point table for all teams competing in robotic competitions around the world. At the end of the season, The Mars Society will announce the best rover team in the Rover Challenge Cup. The aim of creating the league is to raise the prestige of all competitions, international cooperation in terms of their organization and the extension of the idea of the Challenges to other continents in the immediate future. Each year, European Rover Challenge becomes bigger event, attracts wider audience and maintains the event on the world-high-level. We are pleased and proud to host a competition for the best Mars rovers designers in the world. That is why we are waiting for your application.

Łukasz Wilczyński

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