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DPRG: Contest and Practice Issues

Subject: DPRG: Contest and Practice Issues
From: Kipton Moravec kmoravec at airmail.net
Date: Sun Aug 15 09:28:55 CDT 1999

David Philip Anderson wrote:
> 
> Howdy
> 
> Clay writes:
> 
> > at the last meeting we asked Alan Sosby about this and the answer was no.
> >  He had repainted the floor himself and caught some flack for doing it
> 
> Bummer!
> 
> > Alan Sosby said that DPRG officers would need to meet with the president of
> > BPI to get permission to hold the contest there in September.
> <snip>
> > James Vroman mentioned that it might be possible to have the contest
> > at the Science Place.    James,  any news on this?
> 
> Seems like there are two separate issues here:
> 
> 1) Having a cool DPRG contest course (permanent or otherwise) that we can
> use for testing and evaluating during the year.  As JonWms wrote:
> 
> > I'm working on an SX-based bot (using the
> > Parallax BoE-bot chassis, and I'd certainly like to test it before
> > embarassing myself publicly...
> 
> as would we all!
> 
> 2) Having a place to hold the upcoming contest.
> 
> Looks like #1 will have to be on hold for a while.  Darn!  I thought this
> was a done deal.  Are we going to have to get special permission from BPI
> for each contest?  Perhaps advisory boards don't usually ask to bring a
> bunch of un-insured strangers into the city's facilities.  I wonder if there
> isn't there a warehouse or something downtown in need of a 501c occupant?
> 
> Seems like #2 might be really nice at the Science Place if they are interested.
> I went by the Science Place last evening to see if they have a space that
> might meet our needs.  Mac Sudduth was not there but one of the exhibit
> personnel (Lynn Morris) took me around and we let the robot wander in the
> exhibit area for a bit.  Got lots of attention!  This seems like a natural.
> 
> There is a space which Lynn said was not being used for the upcoming robot
> exhibit.  It is the room that currently has the two big parabolic reflectors
> ("whisper amplifiers") and the VandeGraf (sp?) Generator.  The room is about
> 36 feet by maybe 50 (couldn't tell exactly) and Lynn said it could be
> partitioned off from the foot traffic.  Plenty big enough for our carpet/walls
> and room for participants and contestants.  Might be pretty cool.
> 
> I still have dreams of a permanent DPRG contest course somewhere that we can
> use year-round for testing, perhaps with a nice DPRG logo painted in the
> end-zone like professional sports!  Guess this will have to wait...
> 
> cheers,
> dpa

I know this may sound like a long shot, but what about holding the event
at SMU?  David you may have some contacts?

Kip

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