So after much fuss and hard work, the competition is over. We had a rather leisurely time packing up, and took this picture of everyone who was left of the competition crew (except for Kyle who had to go home for work). Our good friend Jean-François from ETS got in to the bottom-right of the picture:
We all made the trip back to the hotel where we took showers and dressed nicely, and had a great time at the banquet where we were excited to hear the order. After the speeches given by the sponsors of the event ( AUVSI, ONR, and SPAWAR) and Dr. Dave Novick we received a breakdown of how all the teams did:
In first place is Cornell University, which is to be expected this year. In second place is the U.S. Naval Academy. We were on pins and needles as we knew going into the celebration that we would be very close to ETS in terms of score, and so when they announced us in the third place position, we were ecstatic!
They pulled us on stage and we had our picture taken with the giant novelty check for $2,250
As we supposed, ETS got fourth place right after us. Following them was Amador Valley High School, University of Texas at Dallas, and finally Kyushu Institute of Technology. You can see a more thorough breakdown of the prize money and positions at robosub.org.
We went off and partied into the night, but had to stop early to pack up the robot to be shipped off the next morning.
As always a huge thank you for all of our sponsors! Without you we would not have been able to do this.
Congratulations to Cornell for their first place win, and to all the teams at this year's competition! Good luck next year, we look forward to seeing you there.
Note: Transfered from the news archive, originally posted Aug. 5th 2008
After a great awards banquet on Sunday, a party with the excellent SONIA team from ETS, and a fun time at the San Diego Zoo yesterday, we are making our way back to Maryland. While we do that you can check the press coverage below (Note media coverage has been updated over time):
- UMD Engineering Press Release
- Baltimore Sun
- Washington Examiner
- UM Newsdesk Article
- WUSA Channel 9 News
The videos from the winning run: