SparkFun AVC (Autonomous Vehicle Competition) is officially retired @sparkfun

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Posted today – SparkFun AVC is officially retired via Twitter. Cool event, brought a lot of smarts and folks together.

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  1. I tried to log in to my Sparkfun account to ask questions but after 17 tries of failing to get through their captchas, I gave up.

    When they started the AVC, I had been working at a small drone company for around 10 years so the stuff they came up with was amazing and fun to see. And each year, the response of the attendees – individuals, robot teams, high schools, colleges and more was fantastic. It was definitely classic Sparkfun energy. Which raises the question: Nate, what has become of your company? For a quick example, other than today, there have not been Monday blog postings there for many weeks. Why not? Adafruit love goes 8 days a week, just like the Beatles told us to do!

    A tale of two companies – off in two directions. I always smile when I see Ada-blog postings that mention cool stuff Sparkfun is doing but can’t remember when the reverse was true.

    Ok, sorry, will stop crazy ranting. There is probably plenty of stuff behind the scenes that I don’t know about that explains everything.

    Whatever is the cause for the disturbance in the space-time continuum, I hope it all works out well for everyone.

  2. Well I’m disappointed. I had entries in 2016 and 2017. But skipped 2018 due to not having time to build a new vehicle properly. Now I regret not finding the time. This was something that I did with one of my kids. He was 5 the first time we went and we loved every second of it even with our failures on the course. We’ve been brainstorming new ideas for 2019. And I haven’t told him yet that it’s been canceled. We will both continue making robots just for the fun of it. But Sparkfun AVC was such a good goal for us to work towards.

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