What's New in Swarmathon 2018

***UPDATE AS OF 3/23/18***

They say it’s not how you start …. It’s how you finish.  Well, the time to submit your final Swamathon entries is coming to a close and we want everyone to finish strong!

This is a reminder that in order to be eligible to compete, all Swarmathon teams are required to submit a Tech Report, Outreach Report, and Outreach Survey.

The form for the Tech Report, Outreach Report, and Outreach Survey is due March 25, 2018 – 11:59 PM Eastern time and is found at: https://secor.wufoo.com/forms/p1yse8ou132u2ex/

We are also highly encouraging all teams to provide a Team Photo, team and individual social media accounts to promote your participation, and songs you would like to hear during the competition.

The form for team photos, social media, and songs is due by March 25, 2018 – 11:59 PM Eastern time
and is found at: https://secor.wufoo.com/forms/s17hhowp1bokzyo/

This same form also provides fields for your OPTIONAL Team Video which is also due by March 25, 2018 – 11:59 PM Eastern time.  It is also found at: https://secor.wufoo.com/forms/s17hhowp1bokzyo/

If you are entering the OPTIONAL Mission to Mars Competition you need to provide a 2 page Mission PDF document, a link to your Mission video, and a link to the Github repository which contains your code and simulation. 

The form for the OPTIONAL Mission to Mars is due by March 27, 2018 – 11:59 PM Eastern time and is found at:  https://secor.wufoo.com/forms/p1nmdtzr1h4ixvn/

Please let us know if you have any questions.  Thanks and good luck!

NASA Swarmathon Team


***UPDATE AS OF 11/5/17***
The code release of the gold software version has been moved.  Please see the new date by visiting the Swarmathon Timeline 

***UPDATE AS OF 10/11/17***
UNM staff is now offering One-on-One Technical Assistance.  Sign up at http://nasaswarmathon.com/2018-one-one-technical-meetings/

Technical Check In #1 form is now ready for completion and the deadline is coming up for Physical teams. To complete the Technical Check-In please visit: http://nasaswarmathon.com/2018-technical-check-ins/

***UPDATE AS OF 9/12/17***
Due to Hurricane Irma, the upcoming webinar has been rescheduled.  See the new date by visiting the upcoming webinar page.

*** UPDATE AS OF 9/8/17 ***

The Alpha version of the Swarmathon base code has been released.  Please visit: the 2018 Swarmathon Guides Page for the step-by-step upgrade instructions, release notes, and a USB disk image you can use to set up your swarmies quickly.  The disk image allows you to wipe your swarmie and easily restore it to its default configuration.  We have found that the free tool Etcher works well for burning the iso image to a USB drive.  We will be running Ubuntu 16.04 on the competition swarmies at Kennedy Space Center.

This year we are going to follow an alpha, beta, gold release schedule. Is there something you wished the UI would display or a missing feature that you wished were in the base code? Now is the time to let us know, before the alpha period ends and their is a feature freeze – see timeline . This is your chance to influence how the base code works and how the UI looks for the rest of the competition year.  We are also looking for alpha testers and plan to give prizes to the MVP testers and contributors!

We will be releasing tutorial videos throughout the year on topics you will find useful for the competition. Those tutorials will cover everything from understanding C++ objects, how to use subscribers and publishers, to the subsumption robotic architecture.

We will also be holding scheduled technical one-on-one Q&A video conference sessions online – see timeline. These sessions will allow you to get your technical questions answered live by a member of the UNM dev team. If you get stuck on a problem we hope these technical Q&A sessions will help you get unstuck.

If you have any quick questions you need help on now, please post them in the Q&A forum.  The UNM team will work to provide responses in a timely manner.

Please remember to submit your Team Information Form and Swarmie Status Form per the timeline.

Also, be sure to attend the upcoming webinar – 2018 NASA Swarmathom Intro/Welcome for Physical Teams.

Lastly, we need to make sure that every student participating in the Swarmathon completes the Student registration from.  This is critical because we report this data to NASA, the funder of the Swarmathon, to show the number of students we are reaching across the country and at different colleges/universities.