Sad News From Japan

It is with great sadness that I pass on the news of the passing of Hirofumi Tashiro. Today I received this message from Yuki Nakagawa:

We have to inform you really sad news about Mr.Tashiro passed away yesterday after a long fight with cancer.

Mr.Tashiro was a longtime organizer and father of Micromouse and Japanese robot community.

It was Mr. Tashiro’s wish that his remains be cremated. Plans for a memorial service are being made and will be announced in web (Japanese mainly.)

If you have message for him, pls send e-mail to
I will show print of your message to him if you sent until 17:00 4th Aug.

Mr Tashiro was the person who, in 2009, first invited me to Japan. It is thanks to him that I was able to make so many friends from around the world at the All Japan Micromouse Contest and to enjoy so many new experiences. I am forever in his debt. He will be greatly missed.

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Portugal Micromouse 2016 Gallery

Here are a few pictures from my recent trip to Portugal

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Portugal Micromouse Contest 2016

Last weekend, I was in Portugal taking part in the 2016 Portugal Micromouse Contest held in Aqueda. What a weekend! I met a bunch of great people, got to catch up with Ng Beng Kiat and managed first place. It doesn’t get much better. Continue reading

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Techfest 2016 – UK Micromouse Contest

The UK micromouse contest took place on June 25th in Birmingham. The venue was slightly different with the event being located in Birmingham City University’s new Curzon building. Read on for the results of the contest. Continue reading

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Techfest 2016 Schools micromouse contest

The 2016 National Schools and Colleges Micromouse competition took place on Saturday 25th June hosted by Birmingham City University as part of the TechFest event. We had a change of venue this year and were accommodated in the modern and spacious facilities of the newly built Curzon building on the BCU City Centre Campus. Continue reading

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Techfest 2016 location update

The UK TechFest 2016 will be held by Birmingham City University this coming weekend on June 25th. Please note that the exact location is not the one you may remember. This year it will be held in the Curzon Building, room C087.

You can find maps for the site and the Curzon building here: BCU City Centre Campus
The campus map is at here.
The building plan is here.


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Portuguese Micromouse Contest 2016

There is an international micromouse contest in Portugal on July 16-17th – and I am going to be there!

find out all about it

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Birmingham City University Techfest 2016

Birmingham City University are set to run their sixth annual Techfest at the City Centre Campus, Millennium Point, Birmingham. On Saturday 25 June 2016, the University will be host to a celebration of technology, engineering and science.

As with previous events there will be a variety of activities during the day which is expected to include robotics contests for mini-sumo, line-followers, wall-followers, drag-racers and, of course, the UK international micromouse contest.

Students will have projects on display and there will be support from professional bodies and commercial sponsors.

You can get full details and register for the contests (it is free) at the Birmingham City University Techfest site:

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Vancouver Micromouse Contest

If you find yourself anywhere near Vancouver around Jun 11-12 2016, call in at the Vancouver Mini Maker Fair where Marginally Clever Robots is hosting a contest. There will be plenty to see and several classes of robot contest.

Get the full details at the Marginally Clever Site.

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Minos 2016 Schedule

We are about ready for Minos 2016 which will take place on Saturday April 16th at Birmingham City University’s Millennium Point Campus. The provisional schedule looks like this:
10:30 Registration and Coffee
10:50 Welcome and Administrivia
11:00 Duncan Louttit
11:10 Luzhou Ye
11:20 - High Efficiency Power Supplies
11:40 Peter Harrison
11:50 - Contest Roundup
12:10 Duncan Louttit
12:20 Contest organisation
12:40 Lunch
13:20 Duncan Louttit
13:30 - Wycombe Warriors; a new robot building group and how it was started.
13:50 Ian Butterworth
14:00 - R.I.P Ferris
14:10 Rob Probin
14:20 - Overview of options for real-time Linux
14:40 Alan Dibley
14:50 - 3D printing in LARGE font
15:00 Show and Tell
15:10 - Glue Gun Injection Moulding, Making Fans . . .
15:50 Break
16:00 Bernard Grobowski
16:10 - Fun With Foam
16:30 Harjit Singh
16:40 - Zeetah Update

Nothing is finalised so any suggestions are welcome. We can decide on evening/Sunday arrangements during Saturday.

For full details of the event location see the original post at


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