Conferences Houston

The 2018 FIRST Championship Conferences will be held on Wednesday, April 18 - Friday, April 20 in Houston, TX. They are free of charge and open to all.

FIRST®is excited to announce that we are accepting presentation proposals for the annual FIRST Championship Conferences. We are looking for presentations on topics of interest to FIRST® Robotics Competition, FIRST® Tech Challenge FIRST® LEGO® League and FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. teams, coaches, mentors, educators, parents, and prospective leaders. You may present individually or as part of a group. Please direct questions to FIRSTEducation@firstinspires.org.

We encourage presentations in all technical and non-technical areas of FIRST programs.  The 2018 FIRST Championship Conferences will offer the following tracks (or a series of sessions based on a common theme):

Technical Resources

  • Programming, designing, building
  • Training on specific software or hardware
  • Innovations from the field — engineering, programming, technology

Mentor/Coach Resources

  • Recruiting mentors/volunteers
  • Fundraising, marketing, conflict resolution, student leadership

Scholarship & Alumni

  • Career preparation and job opportunities
  • Staying involved with FIRST after graduation
  • Alumni organizations (i.e. FIRST Alumni group at your university)
  • Alumni success stories


  • Bringing FIRST programs into the classroom
  • Educational benefits of FIRST programs
  • Educational impact of FIRST programs
  • How do FIRST programs support best practices in education? (project based learning, growth mindset, competency-based learning, 21st century skills, etc.)
  • School/district/community culture shifts associated with FIRST programs

Diversity & Inclusion

  • Increasing participation of girls and underrepresented populations in FIRST programs or STEM programs/fields
  • Cultivating talent and promoting the full inclusion of excellence across the social identity spectrum

Innovation & Entrepreneurship

  • Product development and implementation for innovations
  • Bringing your product to market
  • Design thinking
  • Creating a team culture of innovation
  • Entrepreneurship
    • Start-up success stories
    • Business model canvas/business planning/value proposition
    • Pitching your ideas

Session Format
Session (50 minutes in length) — A good session covers one topic in depth, rather than giving an overview of many topics.
Workshop (110 minutes in length) — Workshops cover topics and skills that are important the FIRST community — recent changes, new approaches, and timely content — and also provide substantive training and opportunities for practice and critical discussion.

If you are interested in submitting a proposal for a presentation in Houston or Detroit, please submit your idea on or before Wednesday, December 20, 2017 by filling out a short application. FIRST will provide a laptop and projector for each presentation. Any additional equipment will be the presenter’s responsibility to provide. Please note that travel and accommodations will not be provided by FIRST.


Details from the 2017 conference: