Dear Zero Robotics Teams,
You are receiving this email because your team or alliance is invited to submit code for a chance to compete in the Virtual Finals.
Please read this email carefully for information on a variety of topics related to the Virtual Finals.
The full description of the Virtual Finals that was provided in an earlier email is included at the bottom of this email as background information.
Virtual Finals Code Submission Deadline Extended
The Virtual Finals code Submission deadline has been extended to Friday Dec. 20 17:00 Eastern Time/ 22:00 GMT.
Virtual Finals Leaderboard
Both US and EU teams should submit to the Virtual Finals Leaderboard on the US Tournament page.
You may submit to the Virtual Finals Leaderboard as an individual team or as an alliance.
The Virtual Finals Submission button should now be available to ALL eligible Virtual Final teams. Please let us know ASAP if the Virtual Finals submission button is not available to your team/alliance.
Virtual Finals Leaderboard Hidden/Final Submissions
Remember that the Leaderboard results will be hidden from view after 17:00 Eastern Time/ 22:00 GMT on December 18, 2013.(Two days before the final deadline) Teams will have the remaining two days to make additional strategy modifications without revealing them. Continue to submit code during this time using the same submission button.
Be sure to submit your final code by 17:00 Eastern Time/ 22:00 GMT on December 20th.
Once the competition is complete we will announce the names of the top 9 teams/alliances that will move on to the Virtual Finalist competition in alphabetical order so as not to reveal their leaderboard ranking.
Prior to the ISS Finals Event, MIT will run the Virtual Finalist simulation matches following the format of the US ISS Finals competition described in section 3.6 of the current game manual: http://www.zerorobotics.org/documents/10429/0/CosmoSPHERES_Manual.pdf.
During the live broadcast of the ISS Finals, we will replay the Virtual Finalist matches with commentary and announce the Virtual Finalist winner.
ISS Finals Preliminary Schedule for Teams at MIT
All teams are welcome to attend the ISS Finals at MIT. A preliminary schedule for the US ISS Finals Event is provided below. Please note that this is tentative schedule. An updated and more detailed schedule will be provided later. Teams can use this schedule to begin developing travel plans.
Teams arrive, no events planned
07:00-08:30 Student arrival
08:30-10:00 Welcome by MIT and special guests
10:00-14:00 ISS Finals live from station
18:00-21:00 Awards Ceremony & Reception
MIT Admissions Info-Sessions and tour
Link to Live Webcast of ISS Finals Event
We will be providing a link to the live webcast of the ISS Finals event on our website on Friday, 2014-Jan-17. Please share this information with team members or family members that will not able to attend the ISS Finals but are interested in watching the live event.
Virtual Finals Description
Teams competing in the Virtual Finals will submit to a Leaderboard competition called "Virtual Finals". ?The Virtual Finals Leaderboard will remain open until Friday December 20th 2013 17:00 Eastern Time/ 22:00 GMT.
During the ISS finals the top 9 teams from the Virtual Finals Leaderboard will compete in a simulated version of the ISS finals and the simulations will be broadcast with commentary during ISS Loss of Signal periods. **The Virtual Finals will be an international competition between the top 9 teams overall on the Leaderboard. Unlike the ISS competition the Virtual Finals competition will not distinguish between US and EU teams**
The Virtual Finals winner will be announced during the ISS Finals Competition.
Eligibility for the Virtual Finals
Teams are eligible for the Virtual Finals if any of the following apply:
· Submitted to the 2D competition only
· Submitted to 3D competition but did not advance to Alliance Phase
· Submitted to Alliance Phase but did not advance to the ISS finals
Virtual Finals Code Submission Deadline
The submission deadline for the Virtual Finals is Friday December 20, 2013 17:00 Eastern Time/ 22:00 GMT.
The Virtual Finals game will be identical to the Alliance Phase game.
Format of the Competition
The Leaderboard results will be hidden from view for the last two days of the competition. Teams will have the remaining two days to make additional strategy modifications without revealing them. At 17:00 Eastern Time/ 22:00 GMTon December 20th, the code submission will close. Afterwards, MIT will run 10 simulation matches following the format of the US ISS Finals competition in section 3.6 of the current game manual: http://www.zerorobotics.org/documents/10429/0/CosmoSPHERES_Manual.pdf.
During the ISS Finals, we will replay the individual matches with commentary during the live broadcast.