The 2018 İstanbul Regional took place on March 9-12, 2018 at Ülker Spor ve Etkinlik Salonu. This was the first time an official FIRST Robotics Competition regional was held in Turkey. The Foundation’s aim with establishing the Off-Seasons in 2015 was to get to this, and we were extremely proud to finally be holding official competitions in Turkey. We sent 7 teams to the Championships in Houston from this event, and they were joined by 8 more Turkish teams who earned their spot in Houston in events in the U.S., China, and Canada in the 2018 season.
The regional hosted 37 teams, including a team from Hell, Norway, making it a truly international event. In 2018 the Foundation tried something new in sponsoring teams – we helped establish 5 teams in more rural/distant parts of the country. (Team 7291 – Niğde, Team 7292 – Çorum, Team 7293 – Giresun, Team 7295 – Samsun, Team 7297 – Kars) All five of these teams competed at the İstanbul Regional, with one team (7293) earning a spot at, and attending the World Championships in Houston.