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 Academy 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. To learn more about past years, visit our archives.

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