Event Guide & Schedule
The 2023 FIRST® Championship presented by BAE Systems Event Guide is your downloadable, printable guide to our event at the George R. Brown Convention Center, including notable happenings, safety information and event logistics.
Download Event Guide (Last Updated 4/20)
Download Schedule Overview and Map
The 2023 FIRST Championship mobile app, sponsored by Bechtel, makes it easy to access all FIRST Championship information such as teams, maps, exhibitor information, and detailed schedules. Download the FIRST Championship App.
FIRST requires every FIRST Championship attendee to be registered and badged, including adult team mentors, youth team members, parents, family members, chaperones, etc. who are participating in the event. Event registration grants access to participant-only activities and increases the security of the event.
FIRST teams (coaches, mentors, students, chaperones, parents, and family members/siblings) should use the team link above to register and follow instructions and link below for hotel accommodations. This should be completed by the coach or team’s main contact. Interested volunteers can learn more about how to register on the Volunteer page.
Spectators attending the event and not part of the team as described above should use the “Spectator” registration.
We welcome professional media and communications individuals to the FIRST® Championship presented by BAE Systems.
FIRST is proud to partner with housing & travel experts, ConferenceDirect to bring you more than 30 FIRST-reviewed hotel locations for teams, volunteers, and all attendees to choose from during the 2023 FIRST Championship in Houston, Texas.
Housing for the 2023 FIRST Championship is now open!
*For hotel information outside of teams, please use your email confirmation which is received once you are registered.
Make your FIRST event experience more memorable and affordable. We've negotiated hotel and travel discounts available exclusively for the FIRST community. Through our housing experts at ConferenceDirect, we provide you 24/7 access to full hotel descriptions, real-time availability, amenities, and other details allowing you to book quickly and confidently.
Housing: Frequently Asked Questions
- Receive guaranteed low-rates
- Rest easy at FIRST-reviewed hotels
- Stay close to venue and other teams
- Enjoy convenient FIRST-contracted amenities at most hotels including complimentary parking, Wi-Fi, and breakfast
- Gain flexibility to make booking adjustments and pay later
- Get reservation protection and assistance before, during, and after your stay if any unexpected challenges occur
- Earn reward points at your preferred hotels
FIRST and ConferenceDirect work to ensure that we have a variety of price points, quality products, and amenities all situated in a prime location to ensure that we meet the needs and desires of 2023 FIRST Championship attendees and exhibitors. Only ConferenceDirect, the Event’s contracted Official Housing Company is authorized to use any likeness of the Event, claim partnership with and allowed to book within the Event Official Hotel Block. Reservations made through any company other than ConferenceDirect, are at your own risk. If you are contacted by anyone other than ConferenceDirect, please notify the email@example.com immediately. Do not provide any personal or financial information to another housing vendor claiming to have rooms for the Event. Only FIRST and ConferenceDirect will contact your team regarding housing for the 2023 FIRST Championship.
For additional questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Houston Welcomes All
Houston, our gracious host city, is excited to welcome a record 45,000 people from around the world who will join us for the ultimate celebration of STEM and innovation. In 2022, the City of Houston hosted the largest FIRST Championship event to date, with 36,000 attendees from more than 50 countries. We’re thrilled at the prospect of the 2023 FIRST Championship being an even bigger celebration, focused on providing a welcoming and fun space for the FIRST community to gather and celebrate our season.
Did you know?
- Houston is the most diverse city in the United States, with at least 145 languages spoken by its residents
- Houston has the largest LGBTQ+ population in Texas. Read about 7 LGBTQ+-Owned Dining Experiences to try in Houston.
- Houston was the first major city in the country to elect an openly gay mayor
- There are 161 human rights organizations in the greater Houston area
- Houston is home to the second largest concentration of Fortune 1000 companies in the U.S., behind New York City
- Houston has a young population, with its largest population segment the ~22% of residents aged 5 to 19
- With over 90 nations represented, Houston is home to the third-largest consular corps in the U.S.
Learn more about Houston including travel guides, food, and special discounts:
- Explore Houston Experiences with FIRST Discounts
- METRO Discount for FIRST Championship
- Getting To and Around Houston
- Houston Restaurants by Neighborhood
- Houston LGBTQ+ Travel & Community Guide
- Houston Facts & Figures
Watch Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner welcome the FIRST community back to the city for last year’s 2022 FIRST Championship in a video message: