Kickoff is the first event of the FTC season, occurring in September each year. It offers the opportunity to see the game reveal, network with other FTC teams and strategize about the new season. There is an international broadcast of the game reveal, as well as local events that can be attended for local networking as well as the opportunity to see a field and field elements up close. A local Kickoff event can also feature roundtable discussions and workshops for building skills. Check this page for information about the Illinois Kickoff events around August of each year.
2020-2021 FTC IL Virtual Kickoff Event
Due to the unprecedented situation in 2020, FIRST Tech Challenge in Illinois hosted a Virtual Kickoff Event/Workshop on September 12, 2020. This event included the introduction of the 2020-2021 FTC game: ULTIMATE GOAL℠, presented by Qualcomm, as part of the FIRST GAME CHANGERS powered by Star Wars: Force for Change.
The FTC IL Virtual Kickoff Event was streamed live over Twitch, featuring some key FTC IL volunteers. It includes information on some of the changes to events in the 2020-2021 FTC season, workshops hosted by teams, and a field reveal w/Q&A.
FTC IL encourages teams to find a safe and reasonable way for all team members to watch the stream and connect as a team for strategy and brainstorming discussions during the FTC Kickoff weekend. The FTC IL 2020 Virtual Kickoff stream was recorded and is available for viewing above.