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Sumobot Tournament and Halloween Party


Saturday November 1 will be LVL1’s 5th annual Sumobot tournament and Halloween party. I know it is the day after Halloween, but you will not be ready to put your costume up, will you? So dress up and bring your Sumobots down to the space and fight them for eternal glory and fame! Don’t have a sumobot? There is still enough time to build one. There are links to kits (and the sumobot tournament rules) on our wiki. Or just come down for the fun. Also, if you have other robots that you have built, bring them down to show them off. It will be a robot extravaganza!


Sumobot competition recap.


Thanks to all that attended and competed in the 2nd annual Sumobot Tournament.  We had 12 bots in the melee and the winner was Exspurt, built by Rick  Check out his bot site for ideas.  Jose got second and I got third.  That ExSpurt is an awesome bot and Lessor is a tough competitor.  Below is an epic battle between Lessor and ExSpurt.

Here is the final bracket showing the winners…

The bracket software was called Bracket Maker HD on the iPad.  The iPad projected the results on the wall.  The software worked very well for our double elimination competition.

Big thanks to Solarbotics.  They provided some awesome prizes for the competition.  Check out their website for all your robot needs.

Special thanks to Jeff Johnson for the hot wings and pizza bites.  Thanks to Rick, Jule, and Gene for making the drive to Louisville to fight your bots.  We hope you had a great time.  Thanks to Alex – it is great to have some high school hackers.  Thanks to all who dressed up for Halloween. And big thanks to Tim, who put together a fantastic sumo workshop.  These simple looking bots can be deceptively complex!

Overall it was a great event!  Can’t wait until next year!

Hack on,


Build Your Own Sumobot 2-Day Workshop


Saturday, October 22, 2011 and  Sunday, October 23, 2011

2:00 PM – 6:00 PM (ET)

Don’t have a sumobot for this years competition and Halloween party? Want to be one of the cool kids? Do not be afraid the friendly folks at LVL1 are here to help.

Learn the basics of building a Sumobot! It’s a small autonomous 10cmX10cm robot that doesn’t like sharing the ring. More information about Sumobot competitions can be found here.

This workshop takes place over 2 afternoons; Saturday and Sunday. 2pm -6pm The workshop will cover soldering, construction, and programming of your own sumobot.
A laptop is required for both days for assembly and programming.

All parts, tools and equipment needed to build it will be provided. If you already have a FTDI cable for programming the microcontroller, you can save $15 with that ticket option. If you do not have this cable, purchase the full ticket including FTDI cable. A FTDI cable is common with Arduino variants and is very reusable.

10 total seats are available. Sign ups are open


-Fire Tim




Sumobot tournament now has awesome prizes from Solarbotics!


ANNOUNCING – LVL1’s 2nd annual Sumobot tournament will be on October
29th, 2011, 8PM at 814e Broadway (our home). There will be a Halloween
party following the fun – costumes are encouraged! All are welcome to
join in the festivities. You may even get to see the world famous fire
breathing pony, Buttercup! You now have a month to build your bot.

UPDATE: The ring we will use is made of MDF painted FLAT BLACK with a GLOSS
WHITE border ring.  The rubber surface of the last ring was just to
hard to source, build, maintain and paint.

UPDATE 2: Solarbotics just sent some awesome prizes for the sumo
winners! If you are looking for some sumo parts, please check out what
they can offer…

Here is the (new) poster:
Please post at your favorite coffee shop!

Sign up:

LVL1 Hackerspace
1205 E. Washington St.
Louisville, KY 40206