Join us in Detroit – a hub of technology, manufacturing, innovation, and creativity – for the world’s largest celebration of STEM for students. At the 2019 FIRST® Championship presented by Qualcomm® Incorporated, we’ll bring together tens of thousands of students from around the world who participate in our K-12 robotics programs – along with the educators, industry professionals, sponsors, organizations, and colleges/universities who support them – for a celebration of STEM inspiration and space exploration.

Download the official FIRST Championship Detroit Event Guide. Includes information on ceremonies, badging, venue, food options, safety, parking, and more.

If you're looking for volunteer or program-specific details for teams see below:

Attend

Your FIRST Championship badge grants access to participant-only activities and adds to the security of the event. FIRST requires all attendees to register and receive a badge. This includes all team mentors/coaches, student team members, volunteers, and general spectators. When you arrive, visit level 2 of the Cobo Center to receive your badge.

Stay

When you book your housing with FIRST, you:

  • Receive guaranteed low rates at FIRST-reviewed hotels.
  • Stay close to the venue and other teams.
  • Enjoy convenient FIRST-contracted amenities at most hotels including complimentary parking, Wi-Fi, and breakfast.
  • Get reservation protection and assistance before, during, and after your stay if any unexpected challenges occur.
  • Gain flexibility to make booking adjustments and pay later.
  • Gets team entry into the 2019 Stay with FIRST Sweepstakes.

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GET THE FIRST CHAMPIONSHIP APP

The FIRST Championship app makes it easy to access all FIRST Championship information such as teams, maps, exhibitor information, and schedules. Right-click for link to share with your friends!

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Cobo Center

FIRST Championship Detroit is a multiple point campus, which includes two spaces: Cobo Center and Ford Field.
1 Washington Blvd
Detroit, MI 48226
 

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Detroit Schedule

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FIRST Tech Challenge Early Bird Check In
Cobo Center - Level 2
Tue, April 23, 2019 -
3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
FIRST Tech Challenge Team Registration
Cobo Center - Level 2
Wed, April 24, 2019 -
6:00 AM to 8:00 AM
FIRST Store Open
Cobo Center - Level 1
Wed, April 24, 2019 -
6:00 AM to 6:00 PM
FIRST Tech Challenge Pits Open
Cobo Center - Level 2
Wed, April 24, 2019 -
6:00 AM to 6:30 PM
FIRST Tech Challenge Scheduled Judges Interviews, Scheduled Robot Inspection
Cobo Center - Level 2
Wed, April 24, 2019 -
8:30 AM to 1:00 PM
 

On-Site Activities

Innovation Faire
The FIRST® Innovation Faire is a dedicated destination venue for FIRST participants to connect with all exhibitors, including sponsors, suppliers, alliances, and scholarship providers. Join us for engaging, interactive, hands-on exhibits and the chance for you to connect with over 35,000 Championship attendees. For more information, please contact us at: innovationfaire@firstinspires.org
Alumni and Career
The Alumni and Career experience at FIRST Championship is for participants, alumni, parents, and mentors to understand and explore the opportunities that are available to FIRST Alumni after high school. Learn more about the Alumni and Career Experience at FIRST Championship or contact alumni@firstinspires.org for questions.

Plan Your Visit

Find information on airline discounts, car rentals, ground transportation, and Detroit-area discounts.

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Watch

Relive the excitement of the 2018 FIRST Championships.

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FIRST Championship Merch

The FIRST Store is your source for authentic FIRST merchandise made exclusively for the FIRST #STEMsquad. Choose from the newest gadgets, t-shirts, apparel, hats, backpacks, accessories, and fun gift ideas.

FIRST LAUNCH lunchbox

FIRST LAUNCH Lunch Box

DESTINATION: DEEP SPACE t-shirt

Rainbow Rocket Tee

FIRST LAUNCH travel mug

FIRST LAUNCH Travel Bottle

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