The Die Gracefully Robotics award for innovation

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The Die Gracefully Robotics award for innovation

Postby Remote-Controlled Dave » Sun Apr 12, 2015 11:26 pm

Hi guys.
I've been playing with this for a while and, unless anyone objects, I'd like to go ahead with it.
Everyone has been talking about wanting more innovative designs but there is never much incentive, particularly if the design lessens your chances of winning. So I thought I'd create incentive.
If its OK with everyone, at the next AWS, I'd like to present the 1st Die Gracefully Robotics Award for Innovation. This will be an award judged by myself with a prize that I will fund (probably cash based) to the best ability I can. And if it is well received, I'd like to keep it up at AWSs to come.

The rules.
Any robot competing in the main AWS competition will be eligible.

I may ask and listen to the opinion of other's at the event, but ultimately I will be the only judge. This is not an ego thing, it just allows everyone except myself (and any robots I have built for other teams) to be eligible. I'm not sure anyone on here would object at my ability to judge such an award but if you want to, go ahead.

Innovation will be defined as any robot that departs from the normal trends in a unique and interesting way, regardless of how successfully the robot is in competition. IE, a robot that is out in round one and a robot that wins the AWS are judged on a level playing field, HOWEVER if a design innovation leads to fight success, this may be considered a factor in the judging.

Robots will be judged on individual merit, regardless of the other entries on a team. This is to encourage people to try an innovative design as a fourth (or third, should the numbers drop) member of their team, whilst leaving them with three (or two) slots to go for more reliable designs if they so choose.

All robots that compete in the AWS will be eligible, however if the robot is an older design, it's innovation will be judged from that current AWS and not based on whenever it came into existence.

A shortlist of recognised robots (I'm thinking 4) will be announced in the usual prize giving section of the AWS, before the overall winner of the prize is given.

I guess I just wanted to run the idea by everyone nice and early to see if anyone objects or wants to comment or point out something I may not have thought of. It is meant as a prize of good will to award people trying new things, whatever they may be. It may not be a huge prize as I am not exactly rich, but it should be worth winning, as long as everyone is OK with me running it and my way of judging it, I think it could be a nice incentive.
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Re: The Die Gracefully Robotics award for innovation

Postby Hogi » Mon Apr 13, 2015 6:04 am

*builds amazing walking robot*

this sounds like a great idea to me Dave! i will strive to improve innovation on my team and win one of these awards at one of this year's remaining AWSes.
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Re: The Die Gracefully Robotics award for innovation

Postby peterwaller » Mon Apr 13, 2015 7:44 am

Sounds good to me I know I tend to go for designs that I think give me the best chance of success maybe this will encourage more innovation.

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Re: The Die Gracefully Robotics award for innovation

Postby limpet » Mon Apr 13, 2015 9:25 am

A good idea, its something I really like to see.
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Re: The Die Gracefully Robotics award for innovation

Postby bitternboy » Mon Apr 13, 2015 10:57 am

Love it :D
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Re: The Die Gracefully Robotics award for innovation

Postby Occashokka » Mon Apr 13, 2015 2:53 pm

Its an ace idea and it means its possible for someone unable to challenge for the aws title able to have a good shot at winning something
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Re: The Die Gracefully Robotics award for innovation

Postby Lincoln » Wed Apr 15, 2015 8:28 pm

Remote-Controlled Dave wrote:All robots that compete in the AWS will be eligible, however if the robot is an older design, it's innovation will be judged from that current AWS and not based on whenever it came into existence.

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Re: The Die Gracefully Robotics award for innovation

Postby Remote-Controlled Dave » Sun Jul 05, 2015 6:42 am

First prize giving seemed to be a success, even if most of the innovative robots I had my eye on ended up pulling out. In summary anyway, the 4 nominations ended up being:

MutAnt - nominated for an innovative weapon, even though we've had ring spinners in antweights before, we've never really had one damaging enough to win fights.

Void - nominated (much to Scott's confusion!) for being a consistently successful design that has had very little imitators due to its complexity, it may have been around for a while but there's nothing quite like it.

Slice to Meet You - nominated for finally bringing the expanding spinner concept to an arena without just imploding, it worked as it was supposed to and offered up true unique design in the process.

ROFLSTOMP - a great robot with a disc at one end and a plough at the other where both worked in perfect harmony, it was stable, well build, well thought out and unique.

The winner was Slice to Meet You and I'm so glad Rory was inspired by this award to build it. Your prize money went into the donations box matey.

So get innovating for the next AWS guys, and impress me enough to get some of my hard earned cash! Innovative robots don't have to win fights, or even move very well, they just need to have that spark of something we haven't seen before. If you don't think you can beat the AWS big boys in combat, beat them with your ideas instead.
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Re: The Die Gracefully Robotics award for innovation

Postby Hogi » Sun Jul 05, 2015 7:28 am

do fleaweights qualify for this award or is it just antweights?
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Re: The Die Gracefully Robotics award for innovation

Postby Remote-Controlled Dave » Sun Jul 05, 2015 7:47 am

Good question. Just AWS combatants was the original brief, so the only way a fleaweight would qualify is as part of a cluster.
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Re: The Die Gracefully Robotics award for innovation

Postby earthwormjim » Sun Jul 05, 2015 4:33 pm

Hi!
I really love the innovation award, and like the fact that it is separate from the AWS itself. Great idea Dave. :)
Just a suggestion... Would it be possible to display some pics of the nominees. ( I know what the winner looks like, but it would be nice to see some pics of all the nominees to save having to jump around the forums looking for pics.) Maybe 1 pic of all the nominees taken at the judging?
Merci beaucoup Monsieur!

(N.B. I do realise that if I actually bloomin well turned up to an event, I might actually be able to the all the robots first hand!!!!) :(
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Re: The Die Gracefully Robotics award for innovation

Postby Remote-Controlled Dave » Sun Jul 05, 2015 7:29 pm

I will try and endeavour in future to get a picture of nominations but its hard to without letting them know theyre in the running and easy to forget after the prize has been given! Maybe the four nominated from Saturday could post a picture up here?
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Re: The Die Gracefully Robotics award for innovation

Postby Occashokka » Fri Jan 15, 2016 1:19 pm

long live this award :( :( :( :( :( does anyone fancy taking over?
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