Redwood City Robot Battles with Facebook are always fantastic. Their motto of “Move Fast and Break Things” could also be a description of a battle robot, so they are deeply akin to each other. In addition Facebook employees seem to universally enjoy solving a puzzle or a challenge, and they have great communication with each other. They are often working on complex challenges that involve many people’s input, and at times involve many teams coordinating with each other, so building a robot is most likely right up their power zone.
This group of about 60 people was exceptional as well. 10 teams engaged in a Redwood City Robot Battles team building!
Team “Jumpy” posted a blazing time of 34:00 minutes to take the build competition, and Thanksbot beat out Spam Hammer 3.5 battles to 2.5 battles to take the Championship of a more than vigorous battle session. Team Inglorious Botstards came up with a victory as well, edging out team Keep it Spicer and Spiraliser.
We always ask how the event went to keep in touch with our clients expectations. Universally we get great feedback (and excellent suggestions) however this quote was perhaps the best one we have received in awhile so we had to share:
“I just wanted to say that my team had SO much fun yesterday! Their feedback was that this was their best offsite yet! One person even said it was better than watching an episode of Game of Thrones, lol! Thank you for creating this offsite for us! I will be sure to recommend to all my admin friends!!”
I think being “better than an episode of Game of Thrones” is currently the highest compliment someone can pay to an experience!
A huge thank you to this team from Facebook for an excellent afternoon of teamwork and an an exceptional battle session!
Astra Rockets (aka Stealth Space Company) build and launch rockets – wow, and they build robots & battle. They are truly rocket scientists! Our event was hosted at the lovely Hayes Mansion in San Jose; boasting conference center pricing with high end feel and touches, and excellent meeting space.
Astra proved building robots for team building is not rocket science, BUT it is challenging! Although they did not break the World Record time, two teams came close, and the aggregate build time average was likely below 30 minutes – ridiculous!
Team Dingleberries posted the fourth fastest time ever at 23:56 (twenty three minutes and fifty six seconds). They follow only Zymergen who holds the top two times including the World Record at 22:35, and Altium, who posted a time of 23:50 last October to set the new World Record at the time. They finished just ahead of previous World Record holders Chowbotics, who on on May 31, 2018 posted a time of 25:57, and Lyft who posted a time of 25:17 and Abbott who posted a time of 25:52 both last month. Of note, team Old Texas posted a time of 24:40 putting them 6th all-time!
Another impressive feat was accomplished when the founders of the company paired together under team name Stealth Robotic Company to build a robot together with only two people; not recommended. Perhaps the adrenaline of a nascent enterprise returned for a fleeting moment as they embarked on the unlikely with assured confidence and optimism. Their predictive calculations of success were no doubt correct as, remarkably, they completed a perfectly built bot in 29:04 (twenty nine minutes and 4 seconds) which beats most 6-7 person teams on any good day; in fact it is most likely in the top 20 times all-time.
I was equally impressed with the quality of the robot builds. When I asked – one founder said “we take extra care with every bolt when building rockets” … enough said. It showed. We battled for over 1.5 hours with no robots going down permanently and no lost wheels! Anyone who has battled with us before knows wheels come off in battle! … unless built by rocket builders.
Team Black Water took the battle honors beating the other teams more times than anyone else. The final battle – the all-in winner take all battle – was won by “If we lose it’s Angela’s fault” … so I hope Angela got credit for the win!
A huge thank you to Astra Rockets for inviting us to work with your talented and precise crew of rocket scientists!!!
Atlassian makes really cool collaborative software for companies so its no wonder they are great at battle bots team building like events such as our Robot Battles team event.
This event took place at Fioli, which is a country house set in 16 acres of formal gardens surrounded by a 654-acre estate, located in Woodside, California, about 25 miles south of San Francisco, at the southern end of Crystal Springs Reservoir. It has a few meeting rooms adjacent to the Visitors Center that make for a spectacular and quiescent setting. In between meetigns or on breaks attendees could be seen strolling the pastoral grounds contemplating the leanings from the day, smelling the roses, or enjoying the light breeze that cooled a warm Spring day.
Four teams from Atlassian including the Terminators, Transformers, Works on my Machine, and Mobots competed to build the robots faster than the other teams. Team Mobots came out on top with a top 30 all-time finish of 32:18 (thirty two minute and eighteen seconds)! They started fast and I observed several of the techniques I suggest to be a winning team in action. They applied appropriate human resources to building the frame, tested their back wheels and attack arms before mounting, had a strong and vocal team captain, and finished strong through preparation.
The battles were awesome with the Terminators compiling 27 points over 4 melee rounds to be declared the overall winner. This was a unique scoring system I had not used before, but was popular with the group, … so why not? The teams did a great job of keeping the robots battling despite parts falling off and one servo blowing out. They were able to modify the bots to keep them dangerous, even as their prime operational window slipped away from repeated collisions and pokes from other teams.
A huge thank you to Atlassian for sharing a couple hours with your talented team! We look to have you back for Robot Battles 2 soon!
San Francisco Robot Battles can take place at many excellent venues throughout the city. One of my personal favorites is the Hotel Zephyr game room located on Beach St near Pier 39 and Fisherman’s Wharf. It provides room for up to 5 teams and beautiful concrete floors that are ideal for robot battles. A research team from Abbott Laboratories came from different parts of the country to discuss things much more important than robot building, however probably not as fun.
In general the audience invented new materials to solve problems with the heart and improve health, They know anatomy and materials. The robot build times reflected this material expertise with two teams below the 30 minute mark at 25:52 and 28:29 (team Quatro). Team Bot Bruisers posted the fifth fastest all-time robot build time at 25:52! The craftspersonship of all teams was impressive so it was equally impressive I was able to predict the winner just minutes into the event.
Although every team was excellent, Bot Bruisers did all of the small details that lead to great build times including setting up their entire electronics in advance, building the frame accurately and fast, preparing every step of every component including how the bolts would be mounted and tightened in advance, great leadership that observed and drew knowledge from multiple sources, being hyper proactive, “all hands all the time” mentality, and a calm “slow is smooth, smooth is fast” tempo.
The battles gradually increased in ferocity as the drivers became more comfortable with the controls and the nuances of battle smashing. Everyone – including an unnamed person starting with “T” – took their turns battling in the melee arena. Team Bot Bruisers bruised their way to an early lead with two melee victories in a row. The momentum turned when innovation took to the floor with team Johnny 5 War Machine modifying their attack arm to resemble an upper cut punch.
Early aspirations were for this design to aid in flipping the robots. Although visually and intuitively likely, the horsepower in the “quick twitch” top servo was lacking to push metal. However, an unintended advantage came to light as their balloon popping frequency significantly increased leading to three straight victories and the overall battle championship!
A huge thank you to Abbott for inviting us to join their team of talented engineers! We hope to see more teams from Abbott challenge themselves and the World Record!
Robot Battles San Francisco city style with Lyft produced a spectacular build time and some truly amazing robot battles. Team Do Not Open posted the fourth fastest time ever at 25:17 (twenty five minutes and seventeen seconds). They follow only Zymergen who holds the top two times including the World Record at 22:35, and Altium, who posted a time of 23:50 last October to set the new World Record at the time. They finished just ahead of previous World Record holders Chowbotics, who on on May 31, 2018 posted a time of 25:57. Team Wall-E also posted a time of 32:45 a top 5% time and a winning time on any other day!
When asked about their secret to success they said “At first we were not following your advice from the introduction, then we realized this was the best route. We looked to help each other, be proactive, use all hands all the time, and communicated vociferously.” Truly an exceptional building performance and one for the history books for sure!
The battles were equally impressive with the intensity progressively rocketing up as they became more skilled at combat. In the end, Five Guys tied with Do Not Open with 2 wins and a tie each for top honors. We were privileged to see many spectacular take-downs and robot flips including a “robot arm to robot arm snag and drag” one of rarest and coolest forms of battle victory. The momentum of the battles turned when Five Guys turned lemons to lemonade by adapting their broken attack arm into a joust like battering ram.
The battering ram style bot was highly effective. The energy savings by not having a moving arm, and the low design feature due to its custom install, allowed it to be somewhat of a bully, pushing the other robots around and flipping two robots in route to their first victory. The final battle featured some hysterical moments with “Sloppy Joe” battling with its battery flopping on the ground and electronics board swinging wildly about, a two wheeled robot, and a three wheeled robot who almost won!
A huge thank you to Lyft for inviting us out to work with your team, We look forward to more talented robot builders and battlers from Lyft!
Oracle Team Building events need to live up to the massive reputation of one of the world’s greatest companies. Driving up to HQ one is immediately daunted by Oracle One floating in the lagoon reaching hundreds of feet into the air with its “sci-fi-esque” mast; even Alex Honnold may have some fear climbing it! Entering one of the black rounded buildings that make up the Oracle-sphere and meeting the team lived up to the reputation. They were sharp and alert and ready to do some damage.
The winning build team – Brentrance – posted a scorching time of 31:20 (thirty one minutes and twenty seconds) – almost good enough to win an America’s Cup race and certainly good enough to land them in the top 5% of all builder teams. Brentrance started slow, but picked up momentum with accuracy. This was a case of “slow is smooth, smooth is fast” type of deal, where they calmly each did an excellent job at their own building tasks, and then demonstrated great leadership in drawing them all together in a smooth and organized process. Always great to see great teamwork!
The battles were the highlight once again with a feisty group showing their teeth on the battlefield. We had several excellent robot flippers with amazing skill in both 1 on 1 flipping and multiple bot flips. Naveen rose as the master of the triple flip doing this extraordinary act twice! That is, with four robots battling he managed to flip all the other three robots for an immediate win! Super exciting.
Many groups are blessed with one or two great battlers but this group had 4 or 5 natural artists – with Jaime, Kurt, and Anthony all making impressive runs of their own. It is just so invigorating to watch exciting robot battles where bots are being flipped, balloons getting popped, and nuts and bolts left on the carpet!
A huge thank you to Mike and Oracle for bringing us out. It is always exciting for us to visit a new world-famous campus and work with amazing people. We hope to come back many times and lighten the hearts and feed the joy of many more Oraclers!
We are looking for a self-motivated and detail oriented individual to assist with our robotics team building program. This program consists of teams assembling metal frames and RC components into “Battle Bots” which then compete in exciting battles for glory and office bragging rights.
TeamWorx Team Building specializes in creative and high tech corporate team building programs. We are based in Sacramento, but our programs are available worldwide. We offer a wide range from outdoor Mobile adventures to ballroom programs, from really active to really cerebral.
Host robotics team building programs
Disassemble and assemble robotics Program kits
Diagnose, repair and replace RC components
Manage and maintain inventory for scheduled programs
20 hours/week, $20/ hour
No prior technical knowledge is needed, but previous experience with RC and electrical components is a PLUS.
Must be detailed oriented and able to assemble kits containing many small parts with a high degree of accuracy
A Google Robot Team Event is always a wonderful day, especially when we head offsite to the relaxing and refreshing neighborhood feel of Redwood City.
Five Google teams battled and built robots in a Redwood City team building event. Teams Underdogz, Team Norris, Figure Skaterz, Team Negative 3, and Sure all built bots in good times – with Sure coming out on top by a few seconds with a spectacular time of 34:36.
I voted “Sure” as the team name most like a night club name – what do you think?
We managed 6 rounds of all-bot melee before the 5 PM call to dinner took the remotes reluctantly from their hands. The first four rounds included the same teams as above and saw Team Norris (not named after Chuck Norris – right?) gain the lion’s share with 2 victories and Negative 3 and Sure each getting one victory.
We took volunteers to test our new prototypes for the upcoming Robot Battles 2 team building. Three of the new prototypes battled each other with great results. The new bots appear to hold up well and shed parts with timely contact which are two qualities we adore. All battlers love a robot that works, and they love even more to see parts flying off robots as a sign of hearty battle.
The “protos” joined our melee for the final two rounds which created a few additional 2-person battle teams. The protos use two remotes and two people – more in line with how our human brains actually function. The new teams included the Kevins, the Stevens, Site Managers, and Michael. The Stevens pulled out a victory driving the new bots, while Team Norris surprised everyone by pulling out a victory despite the addition of three giant new proto bots. Great job Norris!
A huge thank you to Google for “bringing-it” again with an impressive build and battle performance!
Menlo Park Team Building with Facebook Battle Bots Style
Menlo Park Team Building at Facebook is always a fun adventure, mostly because of the really cool people we get to work with while having fun. This group was certainly no exception and even engaged in some clever and nefarious attempted verbal sabotage.
In a world of corporate warfare, each team would leak false information in a nonchalant but purposeful style – the effectiveness was high initially but soon faded as credibility in such a jest tends to wane after the first use. Nonetheless an outstanding attempted technique and definitely representative of the banter and friendliness displayed throughout.
The build competition did not disappoint either with a photo finish. Two teams – PWNage, and 2Fast2Furious – battled to a near tie.
Team PWNage won by literally less than a few seconds with an impressive time of 38:36!
With only two teams we upped the adrenaline for the battles by adding one built-bot per team. With two-bot on two-bot combat – death match style (last one standing wins) – teamwork and strategy can add to the chance of winning. We used 3-minute rounds to keep the action intense and the drivers constantly changing – alternating between driving and resting at 3 minute intervals – with occasional breaks for repairs. This was a new format and one we had been waiting to test. Initial results are extremely positive, especially for smaller groups of 2-4 bots.
We finished with an all-bot melee battling until time ran out – about the time the robots were ready for a major tune-up. The team helped us scour the dozens of bolts, nuts, and other robot parts scattered about the carpet after over an hour and half of smashing into each other and trying to flip and rip.
A huge thank you to this team from Business Strategy – who applied their forethought and teamwork to our robot event and created a ton of fun! – for bringing us out to Facebook campus for your Menlo Park team building!