Drawbridge Palo Alto Robot Team Building
Palo Alto Robot Team Building was a huge hit with Drawbridge who brought 50 engineers responsible for building, maintaining, and improving their highly advanced online marketing systems. Wonder, delight and amazement are all parts of the Drawbridge customer experience and were all evident in the way the teams competed in building and battling robots.
Team Xcentric won the robot build competition with an impressive time of 39:30 (thirty nine minutes and 30 seconds) well ahead of the next competitors. This gave them plenty of practice time battling with the robot before the next competitors were ready. Four additional teams finished all at once creating a temporarily chaotic environment with teams looking to do battle against each other. As usually happens this tends to evolve quickly into an all-bot melee.
Drawbridge was like many groups that are more interested in continuous battling than keeping score, and therefore go long stretches with pure combat for combat sake. Periodically they tune-in, and a scored competition appears out of seeming chaos. Indeed two separate competitions appeared from the morass of combat, robots, and fallen robot parts. Battle and combat were heavy as the robots took a serious toll. Luckily the Drawbridge engineers were now experts in building and fixing robots and were able to keep them running. We were called on to fix a couple major blown dead servos – and a broken wheel, but otherwise the teams worked like NASCAR crews keeping the robots running.
The all-bot melee with 8 teams was magnificent – always multiple battle scenarios and plentiful opportunities for scoring. We threw in the Spinner and Thrasher prototypes to spice things up and they wreaked havoc on the unsuspecting team bots. At first teams are overwhelmed by the new technology and the severity of the destruction capable by both bots. Drawbridge engineers eventually adapted their combat techniques however, and were able to compete head to head with both prototypes; exposing weaknesses in their defense and limitations in their attack methodology.
A huge thank you to Drawbridge for a fabulous event and inspired engineers to build and battle robots!Robot Team Building