Day 8 – July 17 – Wrapping Up

Well, here we are. The past week has been a lot of fun, but all good things must come to an end. Although we didn’t do as well as we hoped (thanks to numerous failures on our components) we still managed to score a weight bonus and we did qualify once! I’m sure we will score some more points considering our t-shirts were “the best in the competition” according to some of the guys running the show.

8 teams made it into the finals. As of Friday, Cornell made it to first place, University of Florida came second and Université de Québec (École de Téchnoligie Supérieure) came in third place. Reykjavík University clinched the last spot in the finals – great news considering their sub flooded in the first day of the competition! The finalists are currently running the course and we’ll find out who gets to take the 20000$ prize.

What about us? Well, there’s a lot of things we can take away from this. We’ve made some good friends in other schools, sharpened our troubleshooting skills, networked with people (you know, we might get sick of hearing about networking in and out of school but it’s really true – knowing the right people can really give you a jump start). We’ve managed to create a sponsorship package which GOT us several sponsorships! We’ve done so much more with community outreach and we’ve learned the ropes with our new platform SubmURSA. We also can’t forget the much shinier website (thanks to Lily!) released this year.

5 nights of staying up until 2-3 am, hours and hours of frustration, a diet comprised of burgers and dennys, sunburns, cold dips in the pools, chats with the good folks at UVic, UC Irvine, Montana State and U South California (not to mention much needed help from Kyushu Institute of Technology), we can say that Robosub 14 was a success.

Now let’s win this thing next year.

~Allen