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Virtual Open Invitational History and Impact

Virtual Open Invitational (VOI) was a breakthrough event for many reasons. For the first time in the history of FIRST LEGO League, there was an all-virtual international competition for teams. It was also a 100% community-led effort with no official support from the FIRST organization. After the 2020 event for 48 teams, over 200 people reached out to us to ask us about how to run virtual youth robotics competitions. These regions adopted many of the resources and ideas from VOI. The key learnings from the event were shared so that everyone could improve. We were even contacted by WRO and BLAST Games organizers for assistance. As robotics competitions worldwide ground to a halt, VOI provided the structure, the hope, and the inspiration for others to move forward. The 2021 VOI event was even better than the 2020 event. With more time to plan and more collaborators, the event almost doubled in size. With funding from Amazon, we were also able to give 80 teams real medals and LEGO trophies. Thank you to Amazon for the funding, and thank you to the MINDSTORMS team in Billund and the ROBOTMAK3RS around the world for your support.

Meet the 2021 Virtual Open Invitational Explore Teams

We are excited to share that up to 24 teams from all around the world will be attending Virtual Open Invitational (VOI) Explore Festival 2021. Virtual Open Invitational is a community-organized event hosted by Droids Robotics 501(c)(3)|Share & Learn.

Virtual Open Invitational 2021 Awards

Congratulations to all teams!

Meet the 2021 Organizers

The Main Organization Committee is made up of the following people:

Meet the 2021 Virtual Open Invitational Teams

We are excited to share that up to 80 high-performing teams from all around the world will be attending Virtual Open Invitational (VOI) 2021. Virtual Open Invitational is a community-organized event hosted by Droids Robotics 501(c)(3)|Share & Learn. We have teams from over 25 countries and 35 US States attending the all virtual event to be held in June 2021. Between June 12 and June 19, these teams will compete, but also have opportunities to interact with one another. They will share, learn, and celebrate together. Click on the interactive map below.

Amazon Becomes Title Sponsor

We are incredibly excited to share that Amazon AITC will be the title sponsor for our 2021 event. As a result, there will be no participation costs for any team.

Virtual Open Invitational 2021 Awards

Congratulations to all teams!

Around the World in Five Days

Starting on April 13, we asked teams to teach us about their city, state or country. We travelled all over the world in just five days.

Virtual Talent Show

On April 10, we held a virtual talent show. We had 128 participants involved in the event.

Livesteam and Robot Game

Robot Game scores will be available for viewing and updated live during on April 18-19.

Meet the 2020 Virtual Open Teams

Meet the 48 teams attending the Share & Learn Virtual Open Invitational.

Virtual Pits

Despite being a all-virtual event, the organizers wanted to have a way for students on teams to meet and socialize. They came up with the Virtual Team Pits.

Meet the 2020 Organizers

The Main Organization Committee is made up of the following people:

FIRST Teams Work Together

Nineteen FIRST teams have come together to help organize the virtual events, and create medals/trophies for the Virtual Expo and Virtual Open teams.

Meet the 2020 Virtual Expo Teams

Starting on March 15th, Share & Learn hosted Virtual Expos for teams. The following teams participated in the event.