Media Registration

We welcome professional media and communications individuals to the FIRST Championship.

Eligibility

Media credentials will be issued to:

  • Credentialed/bona fide news media representatives and bloggers*;
  • Freelance writers and photographers who present a letter of assignment from an official news media outlet (other freelancers will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis);
  • Production companies;
  • FIRST Sponsors
    • Founding Sponsors: max. two (2) passes per organization
    • Strategic Partners: max. three (3) passes per organization
    • Championship Sponsors: max. three (3) passes per organization
    • Other FIRST Event Sponsors: max. one (1) pass available per event sponsored, limit three (3) per organization
  • FIRST Suppliers: max. two (2) passes per Supplier company
  • FIRST Alliances: max. two (2) passes per Alliance organization
  • FIRST Scholarship Providers: max one (1) pass per Provider organization

*Online publications: Must be a previously established, independent site that is regularly updated with original and current broadcast or media-related news. Personal blogs, forums, and user groups will not be considered for media registration.

Individuals associated with FIRST Robotics Competition and FIRST Tech Challenge teams (students, coaches/mentors, alumni, team sponsors) must use the Team Media credentials provided to each team in their team registration packet.

Pre-registration

For speed and convenience, we recommend that professional, bona fide media and PR/communications individuals pre-register. Select your location and complete the online application for media credentials.

On-site Registration

We also accept walk-in registrations. 

  • In Houston: George R. Brown Convention Center, in the Main Registration Area, Level 1
  • In Detroit: Cobo Convention Center, in the Main Registration Area, Main Concourse, Level 2

Please be prepared to present a photo ID plus at least one of the following when registering onsite:

  • Officially issued, non-expired press credentials;
  • A business card with your name, title, and media outlet (press) or company/organization name (Sponsors/Suppliers/Alliances/Scholarship Providers);
  • A letter of assignment from editor/producer of an approved media outlet (photo copies not accepted);
  • Current publication masthead with your name and title;
  • News article published within the past six months with your byline.
     

FIRST Media Center Hours – Houston

Date

Open

Close

Wednesday, April 17

1:00 PM

5:00 PM

Thursday, April 18

7:30 AM

5:30 PM

Friday, April 19

7:30 AM

5:30 PM

Saturday, April 20

7:00 AM

3:00 PM

Sat. @ Minute Maid Park

4:30 PM

8:30 PM

FIRST Media Center Hours – Detroit

Date

Open

Close

Wednesday, April 24

1:00 PM

5:00 PM

Thursday, April 25

7:30 AM

5:30 PM

Friday, April 26

7:30 AM

5:30 PM

Saturday, April 27

7:00 AM

3:00 PM

Sat. @ Ford Field

4:30 PM

8:30 PM

Important Consent Information and Coverage Conditions

We welcome professional media and communications individuals who meet the eligibility requirements to capture images/footage at our events for the purposes of promoting FIRST under the following conditions:

  • Images/footage obtained at FIRST events may not be sold (as prints or online).
  • Images/footage obtained at FIRST events may not be used for commercial gain or the advertisement of any commercial product.
  • The names of minors may not be published with their images without specific permission from a parent or guardian.

NOTE: FIRST cannot guarantee that every attendee has consented to your use of their likeness. User assumes any risk/responsibility of using images/footage obtained at the event. If you plan to capture images/footage at a FIRST event, we recommend you use your own consent form.