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 14 Grand Challenges of Engineering identified by National Academies of Engineering, each year a different Grand 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.

2018 Challenge

At the end of the 2017 Challenge, FIRST Global founder Dean Kamen and FIRST Global Founding Member Ricardo Salinas of Grupo Salinas announced that the 2018 FIRST Global Challenge will be hosted in Mexico City, Mexico. See the video.


The Challenge will take place from August 16-18, 2018 at the Arena Ciudad de México.


Our theme for 2018 is “Energy Impact”. From commonly used fossil fuels to environmentally-friendly resources like solar and wind, energy is a tool that powers the different parts of our world one way or another. In the 2018 FIRST Global Challenge, shifting alliances of three nations will compete to fuel power plants, initiate renewable energy plants, and build a resilient transmission network.


See full map of 2018 teams attending.

2018 generic invite

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 | Mauricio Gutierrez

FIRST Global Challenge Host Committee

José Antonio Fernández Carbajal | Pablo Legorreta | Mike and Jackie Bezos | Vikrant Bhargava | Fred Smith | Tony Rallo | Juan Enriquez | Alberto De La Fuente | Héctor Escamilla | Ignacio Navarro | Leonardo Beltran

2017 Statistics

157 Countries

represented in Washington, D.C.

2,500+ Youth

impacted around the globe.

800+ Volunteers

served in the GSC or worked at the event.

58 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.

2017 Representation


North America


South America









The 2017 FIRST Global Challenge

The 2017 FIRST Global Challenge centered around the theme of providing access to clean water (learn more about this Grand Challenge here). In mid-July, 163 teams from 157 nations gathered together at Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C. to not only share in their love of STEM through Coopertition®, but to also meet and learn from youth around the globe as they move forward to being changemakers in their communities.

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