Join us for AVC!

What is AVC?

SparkFun’s Autonomous Vehicle Competition (AVC) challenges competitors to create and build an autonomous vehicle that can complete various tasks. This year’s challenges include an autonomous freight challenge, unpredictable road hazards, semi-autonomous competitions and combat bots. We’ve even added a plastic “ant weight” combat bot challenge, geared specifically toward K–12 student teams using 3-D printed parts.


October 14th-15th


Denver Maker Faire
Denver Mart, Denver, CO



Who should compete?

High school and undergraduate student teams interested in robotics or electronics

Scheduled Competitions

Notice: Student teams must be comprised of at least 2 students for every 1 non-student. All participants must have a signed waiver, which will be emailed to the team captain before the event.

Autonomous Car Wars

It’s the new age of transportation, and you don’t drive so much anymore; you’re just a leaf in the wind. Your job is to create a vehicle that will transport you safely to your working destination without accident and without any input from you. Armed only with a Nerf gun and a Grande Latte, can you get there in time? You’ve got a big presentation this morning.

Speed Demons

Competing vehicles will be expected to complete a course littered with obstacles within a set time frame without human interaction. The track is a figure-8 layout with a major axis length of approximately 178 feet and a minor axis of approximately 78 feet.

Logistics Class

While Google, Tesla and Uber are getting all the news coverage for driverless passenger vehicles, companies like Daimler have been building autonomous and semi-autonomous freight trucks for transporting cargo. The Logistics Class attempts to mimic the engineering hurdles seen in the in-warehouse transportation of goods as well as self-driving freight vehicles.

Combat Bots

It's robot fighting time! This will be our third year running Combat Robots. To keep things easy we are continuing to follow the rules set forth by the SPARC organization.

5 Weight Classes Available

Hobbyweight (under 12 lbs) & Featherweight (under 30 lbs)

These weight classes constitute the largest fighting robot competition in the Rocky Mountain region. Both weight classes will be competing in a newly refurbished 16’x16’ arena.

Beetleweight (under 3 lbs)

Our classic beetleweight bot competition will be coming back this year to fight in a new 8’x8’ arena.

Antweight (under 1 lb) & Plastic Ants (plastic bots under 1 lb)

These small robots will fight each other in the old SparkFun 6’x6’ arena. The Plastic Ant division is primarily designed for K–12 student teams who will rely on 3D-printed and mostly plastic components for their builds. Plastic Ant rules can be found here.

Have Questions?

Engineers are answering technical questions on our AVC forum. Sign-in required.

Scheduling, logistics and any other event-related questions can be directed to

Past Year's Events

2016 2015 2014
2013 2012 2011
2010 2009

AVC 2016 Photos

AVC 2016