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Tech United second during German Open 2017!

On Tuesday the @Home team arrives in Magdeburg for the German Open 2017. The @Home competition of the German Open resembles the competition of the world championships and is therefore great preparation for Japan. Just like during the world championships, the competition is based on challenges. The teams must all attempt various challenges to obtain as many points as possible. A description of all challenges can be found here. This year, seven teams are competing in the @Home league, amongst which ToBi, the robot that beat Tech United in the world championships last year where Tech United became second.

The first two days, Wednesday and Thursday, are setup days. During these days, the robots get familiar with the arena and are prepared for all the challenges. Thursday is also the registration day, during this day, the robots have to register themselves and various safety checks are performed. On top of that, the team also holds a poster presentation to show the improvements that have been made over the last year. Then, on Friday and Saturday, the days are filled with challenges. On both days, four challenges are scheduled. To see how AMIGO performed during these challenges, check out the various videos that have been made during the German Open.

Sunday is the day of the final. The five teams with the highest score go to the finals. Those five teams are Tech United, ToBi, Homer, RT Lions and SSC. During the final every team can show something of their choice, much like the Open Challenge. The jury consists of people from the @Home league and people from the business world, they will judge the presentation. At 12:30 AM the finals get started and Tech United starts in the fourth position, at 1:15 PM. Tech United gives away a great demonstration and presentation that can be viewed here. After the jury has deliberated, the score is given and Tech United has claimed the second place! Tech United received the most points for the final, but it was not enough to overcome the lead of Homer. A great performance by Tech United! 

 

Tech United wins first place Portuguese Open 2017!

The MSL team arrives at Coimbra on Wednesday evening after a long day of traveling. The Portuguese Open is held in Coimbra and Tech United, along with 6 other teams, is competing for the first place in the Middle Size League. The Portuguese Open is great practice for the world championships in Japan, so the team is working hard to fix all bugs and add new features so they can be tested before the world championships. Tech Uniteds’ biggest rival in this competition is CAMBADA, Tech United and CAMBADA faced each other in the final of the Portuguese Open 2016 and CAMBADA won. However, in the world championships 2016 in Leipzig Tech United became world champion and thereby beat CAMBADA. So that promises some great matches during this competition!

In the first two competition days, Friday and Saturday, all teams play against each other. Then, based on the result of these matches, the semi-finals and finals are played on Sunday. Of the six matches Tech United plays during the first two competition days, two are cancelled due to technical problems of the opposite teams. Of the remaining four matches, Tech United wins three. The match versus CAMBADA is an exciting one and ends in a tie! All matched that are played are summarized in the form of a video, and you can watch them using this link. On Sunday the semi-final is played versus the ASML Falcons, which ended in a baffling 11 – 0 for Tech United! This means we are facing CAMBADA in the final, and we’re ready to beat their asses!

At 13:00 the final against CAMBADA starts, and within one minute Tech United scores! But the team knows better than to bust out the melted butter early. But then, within three minutes of the first goal, Tech United scores once more! CAMBADA’s offense play is incredible, but luckily so is our keeper! After a long period of fast heartbeats, sweaty palms and nervous looks the match comes to an end with an amazing score of 2 – 0 for Tech United. We have thereby won the MSL competition of the Portuguese Open 2017.