Universitas Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta (UMY) will be the host of ABU Asia-Pacific Robot Contest 2015. The robot contest (Robocon) is conducted by Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU), technically organized by Ministry of Research and Technology (Kemenristek) of DIKTI, while the local host is Televisi Republik Indoonesia (TVRI) and the co-host is UMY. The robot contest will be held on Sunday, 23 August 2015 at Sportorium UMY. Enlivening the first Robocon in Indonesia, UMY provides 1500 free seats for spectators.
In an interview on Saturday (15/8), chief of co-host Slamet Riyadi, S.T., M.T., Ph.D. stated that joining the robot contest are 19 participants from 18 countries that both of them are Indonesian participants from Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB) and Politektik Batam winning Indonesia Robot Contest (KRI) 2015 for Indonesia ABU Robot Contest on June at UMY. Additionally, the ABU Robocon 2015 raised a theme Robominton as the Indonesia ABU Robocon.
Slamet informed that UMY’s preparation has been 95%. “The event will be conducted next week and we will have final coordination of all aspects like venue, security, and medical team. In fact, the committee has coordinated those three aspects well,” he conveyed.
Slamet also asserted that UMY did not have certain preparation for the ABU Asia-Pacific Robocon as his party did in KRI. “We do not have certain preparation except welcoming the participants from several countries that they ought to adapt to weather and food in Indonesia. It is distinct from KRI’s preparation that we had the great number of participants and competition categories so that we prepared it entirely.
The judges, Slamet continued, will come from Japan, China, Thailand, and Indonesia. “The judges should be in line with international standard since it is international competition while the umpires are the professional judges of KRI,” he mentioned.
Besides, Coordinator of Liaison Officer (LO) Mohamad Ikhsan, S.IP. in an interview on Saturday (15/8) said that the ABU Robocon 2015 is for public, whoever may come and see the contest. “We will provide 1500 spectator seats, and they are free. The spectators are only required to bring an identity card like KTP or passport,” he told.
Ikhsan added that the spectators will be categorized as cheerleaders and supporters of each team. The cheerleaders and supporters have registered in out official website on 8-13 August. We have 200 people for cheerleaders and 300 people for supporters,” he informed.
The spectators will come from not only from Indonesia but also other countries like China and Malaysia. “Chinese participants have registered 35 observers while there are 31 Malaysian observers. The number may elevate and the observers from other countries are still in listing process,” he elucidated.
Furthermore, Ikhsan affirmed that the spectators are required to comply with the rules for the security and conductivity of the contest. “We expected that the participants obey the rules. For instance, they are required not to wear any attributes or logo of any product regarding promotion, not to bring cold steels, cigarette, and any danger tools,” he ended.