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.
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.