RoboCup comes to the land of a thousand smiles in 2021

Dr. Suvit Maesincee, Thailand’s Minister of Science and Technology. (centre)
Dr. Suvit Maesincee, Thailand’s Minister of Science and Technology. (centre)

Thailand will host the 2021 edition of international robotics competition RoboCup, an event that will strengthen the country's status as a leading robotics and automation leader in the ASEAN region.

The annual competition sees teams from all around the world showcasing their best robot designs in soccer, rescue and other demonstration competitions. The 2021 event will be held in Bangkok in June, and it is the first time the event has been held in a Southeast Asian nation since Singapore in 2010.

Thailand was chosen by the RoboCup Federation to host the 2021 event due to its success in organising RoboCup Asia-Pacific in December 2017.

Backing the event is the country's Ministry of Science and Technology, with support from Mahidol University, NCC International Events Company Limited (NCCIE), Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB), and the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA).

Capitalising on the international scale of RoboCup, BMA will also promote Bangkok's "smart city" concept to foreign participants during the event to highlight its potential to be the region's leading smart city.

Minister of Science and Technology Dr. Suvit Maesincee said, "A mega event such as RoboCup 2021 has huge significance owing to its link to one of Thailand 4.0's target industries. Therefore, the Thai government is honoured to support it through the Ministry of Science and Technology, together with TCEB and all other relevant government agencies."

He added that RoboCup 2021 would contribute to Thailand's human-resource development by creating a competitive environment for Thais to present innovative robotic technology and be on par with international standards.

According to TCEB's president Chiruit Isarangkun Na Ayuthaya, mega events had brought about 850,000 visitors to Thailand in 2017, directly and indirectly generating about THB16 billion (US$484 million) in revenue and creating more than 17,000 jobs.

"Hosting mega events, or world-class events rank among economic drivers that deliver tangible benefits," he said.

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