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Local Organizing Committees - Houston & Detroit

Like the Host Committee for an Olympic Games, the FIRST Championship Local Organizing Committees are comprised of Host City leaders and luminaries who help inspire those on the front lines of businesses and civic/thought leadership in their community. Their goal is to support FIRST in the delivery of a successful global-scale, life-changing event with local flavor.

FIRST Championship Houston Welcome Committee (2017 – 2020)

Welcoming Committee Honorary Chairs

  • Mayor Sylvester Turner 
  • Jim Crane, President, The Houston Astros 
  • Joel Bartsch, Director, The Houston Museum of National Science  
  • Dean Kamen, Founder, FIRST   
  • Judy Ley Allen, Partner, Allen Investments  
  • Dr. Robert Robbins, President & CEO, Texas Medical Center
  • Mike Waterman, President, Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau
  • Don Bossi, President, FIRST 
  • Dr. Bernard Harris, Founder, The Harris Foundation

To express interest in serving on the Committee, please contact Mr. Ron Falcone, rfalcone@firstinspires.org


FIRST Championship Detroit Host Committee (2018-2020)

Host Committee Co-Chairs

  • Rick Snyder, Governor, State of Michigan
  • Mary Barra, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, General Motors Company

Host Committee Members

  • Dean Kamen, Founder, FIRST   
  • Don Bossi, President, FIRST 

To express interest in serving on the Committee, please contact Mr. Ron Falcone, rfalcone@firstinspires.org

Membership as of 1 February 2017


2018 and Beyond

FIRST is the oldest and largest student robotics program in the world, and the FIRST Championship is a life-changing robotics event!

More than 25 years ago, FIRST® became a game changer in the STEM world. Over the years, we’ve built an incredible culture with our K-12 FIRST Progression of Programs that celebrates kids’ accomplishments through high-quality, inspiring, life-changing experiences, the culmination of which is our FIRST Championship. In 2018, our dual Championship will be celebrated in Houston, April 18-21, 2018, and on the second weekend in Detroit at the Cobo Center and Ford Field (home of the Detroit Lions), April 25-28, 2018. This alignment will continue for 2019 and 2020.

Save the dates

2017: FIRST Festival of Champions Manchester, NH: July 28-29
2018: Houston, TX: April 18-21 and Detroit, MI: April 25-28
2019: Houston, TX: April 17-20 and Detroit, MI: April 24-27
2020: Houston, TX: April 15-18 and Detroit, MI: April 29-May 2