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.


Visit this page to learn more about this year’s challenge


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


If you are not currently a FIRST Global partner but are interested in becoming one, or in supporting your nation’s team, please contact

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 | | Fred Smith | 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


North America


South America









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