Volunteer at events

Become a Game Changer by donating your time and experience at robotics tournaments, helping to inspire a generation of makers.

The Game Changer squad

FIRST Tech Challenge events are fuelled by a squad of passionate volunteers who give up their time to create epic experiences – we call them ‘Game Changers’. Whether you’re a seasoned event pro or a total newbie we need you to make our competitions out of this world.

Join the squad

“Being a Game Changer was a great networking opportunity with people from other companies and even meeting new people in my own company.”

Barry Byford, Qualcomm

A role for everyone

We’re not looking for rocket scientists (although kudos if you are). You don’t need to be a tech guru – just possess the energy, enthusiasm and commitment to inspire.

Review event roles

Rise to the A-Team

‘A’ stands for Amazing, Awesome, Astounding… A-team volunteers occupy senior roles at events and are provided enhanced training to lead our army of Game Changers.

Join the ‘A’ team

The techies

Perhaps you love a good gadget, work in tech or simply like robots. Our techies troubleshoot and provide technical support, making sure teams and their bots are game ready.

The gamers

You like to be at the heart of the action! On the game field or running matches like clockwork, you’ll be keeping scores in check and calling out foul play.

The organisers

You love a good to-do list and have an unhealthy appreciation for spreadsheets – here’s perfect excuse to flex your project management muscles and keep the show going.

Event season

With seven one-day regional tournaments across the UK, there’s bound to be an event near you.

  • Bristol  – 28 Jan 2020
  • Liverpool – 1 Feb 2020
  • Wolverhampton – 4-5 Feb 2020
  • Belfast – 5 Feb 2020
  • Cambridge – 7 Feb 2020
  • York – 11 Feb 2020


Or go ‘all in’ at our two-day National Championship at the Copper Box Arena in London’s Olympic Park, 27-28 Mar 2020.

FIRST Tech Challenge 2019-20 Event Locations

Our commitment to you

You’re donating your time – so everything else is on us! We’ll cover reasonable travel expenses and keep you fuelled with plentiful food and refreshments on tap. We’ll deck you out in funky t-shirts (which you get to keep!) and above all, we promise you positive vibes, a fab networking opportunity and the infectious energy which comes from working alongside young people.

Worried about training? Most roles only need you to rock up on the day. For specialist roles you’ll get access to online training via our e-learning platform, Makerspace.

Join the squad

So what are you waiting for? Register online and let us know which events you’re up for and we’ll do the rest.

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