Robotronica 2017
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Troop Report 
Date: Sunday 20th August 2017

Venue: QUT Gardens Point campus - 2 George St, Brisbane City QLD 4000

Time: 9:00am-4:00pm

Mission: To attend Robotronica at QUT. 

Trooper Attendance:
Redback Garrison:
Bam - TK
Blue - IC
Diatium - TK
Disco - TK
MyKill - ID
Studio 49 - Vader
Teiwaz - TB

Rebel Legion:
Dark Dora - DZ
Major Payne - R2D2
Redav - C3PO

Support Crew: Darth Temptress

Details: The Robotronica Robotics and Technology Spectacular is hosted by QUT every two years. In 2015 the 501st, RL and D2L clubs left a great impression, and that was why the organisers invited us back and made a substantial donation on our behalf.  

Being a free, all ages event with lots to see and do, combined with perfect weather, the crowd was over 22000 and was solid all day. With those crowds and 11 people in the roster, we needed a static display to troop safely. Aside from a change room in Y block, QUT provided 2 marquees in a great location on Main Drive. One marquee for the raffle table and a walled marquee change room for the less mobile characters. With the big flags and R2D2 chirping most of the day, we weren't hard to find. 

Thanks to MyKill and Officeworks Browns Plains, we had two great raffle prizes. A Google Home (RRP$198) and a Samsung VR Gear (RRP$159). The tech nature of the prizes proved popular with the Robotronica crowd, and ticket sales were steady all day. There was even a gathering at 3pm for the draw.

Naturally with that crowd our stars were the droids. R2D2 and C3PO as a pair were people magnets, fascinating young and old. Long queues kept Vader busy too. The photos and the donations flowed constantly all day.

The performance of everyone on the team was as relentless as the crowds. Troopers just stepped up to support each other all day. They all pulled long stints in costume, as well as spruiking, wrangling and selling raffle tickets. It wasn't just the effort in raising money, it was those long stints to make sure as many people as possible got a photo with their favourite characters. Take a bow folks, you should be very proud. I'll close off with the feedback from the organisers.
    
On behalf of the Robotronica 2017 team, we would like to personally thank you for participating in this year’s event and making it such a great success. Over 22,000 people attended the event and we have received overwhelmingly positive feedback. Such a strong response from audiences wouldn’t have been possible without you and your team’s passion, dedication and imagination. I would ask you to pass on our congratulations and thanks to all who worked with you on the day. Once again you guys were a huge hit, and you put a smile on so many peoples' faces.

Charity Funds Raised: $3280.50 for MS Queensland. (Robotronica $2000. Buckets $762.50. Raffle $518).  

Injuries / Malfunctions: Nil

Public Incidents: Nil

Mission Status: Complete Success.

Photos: Album on mgur. https://imgur.com/a/lnhRo

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Fantastic effort guys! So bummed I couldn't attend


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Outstanding work , impressive charity funds , well done everyone.
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#4
Great work team was a great day for all and great to meet a new import garrison member Satel sl88668


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Well done Champions.
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Congratulations guys, what a splendid effort. At the rate we are going, this year will be a spectacular result for fundraising.
Great work to all that were involved.
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Wow, great work!
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good stuff, thanks for raising for MS.
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#9
Great troop. Really opened my eyes on what its going to be like in 10 or 20 years.
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lovely use of the Imgur account. Thank you, makes PR stuff easy. Have you loaded the app too?
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Jig This was a great troop with a wonderful result.
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#12
Great work guys! I'm bummed that i had to pull out of this but it looks like you guys had it all covered anyway
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#13
Awesome work troopers. You did an amazing job. 

Would have loved to come, but we're all fighting the flu.
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#14
Great Troop, had a ball!
May the best day of the past be your worst day of tomorrow !
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#15
Thanks for an awesome day all, was a pleasure trooping with you all! Roll on Robotonica 2019 I say Wink

And far out that total is amazing, hard not to be stoked with that result well done all!  Doppeldaumen1
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