|History of Robocon|
In 2000, member countries of the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) jointly agreed to organize an annual handmade robot contest to be participated by college, university and polytechnic students in the region. In addition to promote relationship and cultural exchange to foster closer ties among countries in the Asia-Pacific region, the objective of the contest was to develop knowledge, creativity and innovation among younger people in the region.
In the competition robots compete to complete a task within a set period of time. The contest aims to create friendship among young people with similar interests who will lead their countries in the 21st century, as well as help advance engineering and broadcasting technology in the region. The event is broadcasted in many countries through ABU member broadcasters.
The first ABU Asia-Pacific Robot Contest, known as ABU Robocon, was launched in Tokyo, Japan in 2002 after which member countries took turn to host the regional event, namely Thailand (2003), Korea (2004), China (2005), Malaysia (2006), Vietnam (2007), India (2008), Japan (2009), Egypt (2010) and Thailand (2011).
Hong Kong will be the host city of the 11th ABU Robot Contest in 2012. By then, elites from the Asia-Pacific region will gather in Hong Kong, achieving “Peng On Dai Gat” by snatching the lucky “Peng On Bun”.