FIRST Mentor Conference

San Jose, California | August 24-25, 2024
Hosted at Google, Mountain View, CA

2024 REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

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FMC 2023 by the numbers

Attendees

Workshops

Panels

Round Tables

The 2023 conference was a great success!

Thanks to the over 300 people who attended and helped in various capacities to make this first FIRST Mentor Conference a success.

Once we start to confirm the 2024 workshops, details will be available on the Event Details and Schedule pages.

Registered attendees will be granted access to the event Slack for the latest information, updates and opportunities to ask questions.

Applications for workshops are now open. 

Our 2023 Workshop Line Up included…

Technical

Scouting and Strategy

Team Organization

Project Management

v

Marketing

Awards

Event Logistics

Much More!

How Do I Know If I should attend?

What is the FIRST Mentor Conference?

The FIRST Mentor Conference is a 2-day event aimed at creating and growing a one-stop conference for FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) community mentors to share their experiences, best practices, and further build community. This year, 2024, will be the second time this event occurs, though we hope for it to become an annual staple within the FIRST Community. This is a volunteer created and run event, not operated by FIRST HQ. 

What is the setup of the conference?
The conference will feature 3 tracks of content for different stages of FRC teams: Pre-season/rookie stage teams, early year teams, and established teams. Content will be taught/shared by established mentors and leaders within the FIRST Robotics Community. Various activities for overcoming early team hurdles will also be built-in, such as a grant writing workshop, a kit bot assembly session, and other interactive sessions.
What is the conference cost?

FIRST Mentor Conference attendance ticket is $100, which includes food for the 2 days of the event (breakfast and lunch each day), and a commemorative event shirt.

Earlybird registration is $75.00 per person until May 31st.

A limited number of scholarships are available for attendance.

What is the schedule for the 2 days of the conference?

This is the rough outline for the 2 days; specific details about the schedule will be in the Schedule page of the site (constantly being updated)

Saturday:  

  • 7:00 - 8:30am - Registration/breakfast
  • 8:30-8:50am - Keynote
  • 9 - 5pm (1 hr for lunch) - Workshops/sessions

Sunday: 

  • 8:00 - 8:45am - breakfast
  • 9:00-9:20am - Keynote
  • 9:30 -3pm (1 hr for lunch) - Workshops/sessions
  • 3pm end time
  • Lighter activities post-lunch on Sunday
  • Extended overflow/open time for people to mingle (up to 5pm)
Who can attend this conference?
The FIRST Mentor Conference is for post-high school FRC mentors and potential mentors. Students should not attend this event without express permission from the planning committee.
Will the event be livestreamed or recorded?
FIRST Mentor Conference is for mentors, old and new, to share their experiences, best practices, and further build community. As such, this event will be in-person only with no livestreaming.

Join FMC 2024

Coaches & Mentors

Register to attend the Class of 2024 FIRST Mentor Conference and choose from numerous technical and non-technical workshops as well as panel discussions, round tables and the opportunities to network with mentors from around the country.

feedback from some of our 2023 attendees

Wow! What a great event. When you put something like this on, everyone’s a critic, right? I think the committee should be very proud to have made an event that ran on-time, with LOTS of food, a fantastic venue, and a great set of speakers and diverse array of topics. I appreciated that there was an emphasis on technical AND team AND DEI. Thank you.

I loved the actionable advice from Elise and Wendy. I loved the realistic and thoughtful content from Michael (321).

One of the most valuable and honest conversations I had was during a happy hour after the event with a group of Title I school mentors. We had a really frank and serious conversation about inequity and resources in FIRST–I know there were a number of DEI sessions, so thank you for having those.