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In October 2007, the Chicago Robotic Combat Association brought you Mecha-Mayhem 2007 at the iHobby Expo in Rosemont, IL.  Now we are gearing up to do it again in 2008!

Mecha-Mayhem 2008 will be the second of an annually recurring international extravaganza of robot builders, electronics enthusiasts, and mainstream audiences enjoying the exciting pastime of competitive robotics.

With two of the highest-quality arenas in the country, top robotics competitors from around the world will face off at Mecha-Mayhem for glory, prizes, and bragging rights as champions in weight classes ranging from 150 grams to 340 pounds.

The CRCA is collaborating with the Hobby Manufacturers Association's iHobby Expo and Synergy Robotics Entertainment to produce Mecha-Mayhem 2008, slated for October 16th thru 19th. The iHobby Expo is the international showcase for the newest electronic hobbyist technology, models, and valued miniature collectables. Held at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois, the HMA's iHobby Expo is now in its 24th year, with a projected attendance of more than 20,000 for 2008. As the largest event of its kind in the world, the iHobby Expo is the perfect showcase for Mecha-Mayhem for years to come

Synergy Robotics Entertainment was created by Charles Arnold and Deb Holmes to support and promote robotic combat events. Arnold and Holmes previously organized events for the Robot Fighting League, which sanctioned and standardized robotic competition internationally. They have overseen the RFL's 2006 National robotics competition, Triangle Nationals in 2003, the Rochester Robot Rampage in 2005, and the NPC Charity Open in 2004. Many in the competitive robotics community will recognize Arnold and Holmes from the Minnesota Manufacturing Educational Resource (MMER).

Alongside the CRCA, the Chicago Area Robotics Group will be running their annual Chibotica autonomous robotics problem-solving competition. At this annual event, dozens of the brightest amateur and pro robotics engineers will compete in autonomous robot challenges; escaping mazes, robot combat sumo, and other complex tasks, showing yet another dimension of this thrilling pursuit.

 

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