Citrix enjoys giving back to communities through our SimplyServe programs. At last year’s Citrix Synergy conference, I helped organize a SimplyServe IoT event for a Las Vegas grade school class. We taught 30 fifth-graders how to build a push-to-talk video walkie-talkie in 90 minutes using the Citrix Octoblu IoT platform.

We are stepping things up at this year’s Citrix Synergy event with a Battle Bots competition!

We have selected a middle school robotics class from Orlando, the site of Synergy 2017, to join us in a three-hour SimplyServe community service event consisting of building Citrix Octoblu-powered battle bots and concluding the event with a real, live battle bots competition! Intel has donated 50 TinyTile microcontroller boards to serve as the “brains” of our battle bots, while Citrix is donating the rest of the battlebot parts (gears, breadboards, wires, and even googly eyes)!


The rules of engagement for our BattleBot competition are simple. Last bot standing (and moving) on the board wins. You can push your opponent off the board or disable them somehow so that they can no longer move – and you win! This event is going to be a blast!!

battlebot board

Our SimplyServe Battle Bots Competition will be held at Citrix Synergy in Orlando, FL on Thursday (May 25th) from 1:30-4.  We are looking for volunteers to help mentor each of the teams during building phase and competition. If you’re interested in helping out, please contact @ChrisMatthieu.

To learn more, stay tuned to these pages and Twitter. We’re on track for record attendance, so please register now for Citrix Synergy in Orlando, Florida (May 23-25).

synergy banner april '17