FIRST Global Challenge

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 greatest challenges facing our planet, including the 14 Grand Challenges of Engineering identified by National Academy of Engineering, each year a different 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. To learn more about past years, visit our archives.

The 2019 FIRST Global Challenge

On February 10, FIRST Global and the Government of the Emirate of Dubai officially announced that they will be hosting the 2019 FIRST Global Challenge in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The event will be October 24-27 at the Coca-Cola Arena.

 

Registration for event volunteers and Global STEM Corps Advisor Teams is open. If you have questions, contact volunteer@first.global or gsc@first.global.

 

FIRST Global is accepting submissions from official FIRST Global partners for national team selection. If you are not currently a FIRST Global partner but are interested in becoming one, or in supporting your nation’s team, please fill out this form or contact registration@first.global.

 

If you are an individual student who is interested in being considered, fill out this form and your information will be passed along to your nation’s selection committee for consideration.

FIRST Global Founding Members and Members

Dean Kamen | Mike and Jackie Bezos | Ricardo Salinas | Pablo Legorreta | Laurent Beaudoin | Norm Augustine | Chad Holliday | Gordon England | Dan Mote | Martine Rothblatt | Vikrant Bhargava | will.i.am | Fred Smith | Mauricio Gutierrez | Anousheh Ansari

2018 Statistics

186 Countries

represented during the season.

2,500+ Youth

impacted around the globe.

800+ Volunteers

served in the GSC or worked at the event.

75 Teams

had no prior robotics experience.

60% of Teams

were founded, organized, or brought into being by women.

100+ Media Organizations

featured FIRST Global teams internationally.

2018 Representation

100%

North America

100%

South America

94%

Africa

98%

Asia

91%

Europe

64%

Oceania