COVID is a Republican (To the tune of "I'm Afraid of Americans")

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DNA Lounge: Wherein it's time to enter the Cocktail Robotics Grand Challenge, Remote Plague Lockdown Edition.

We had our Seventh Annual Cocktail Robotics Grand Challenge scheduled for July 2020, but obviously that didn't happen due to the ongoing global shitshow. But, we're going to take a crack at an online version of it! We're going to record some demos and interviews with cocktail robot makers, and edit that into a mostly-pre-recorded webcast.

It will be show-and-tell only this year, since a contest doesn't really lend itself well to this format. The online-only format does, however, mean that we can open it up to more people, since you don't have to schlep your robot to San Francisco! So no matter what city you're in, if you have a cocktail-making robot that you'd like us to feature, send me an email!

We're aiming to do our first round of filming next Saturday afternoon, Oct 24. The process will be that we'll get Dr. Kingfish onto a video chat with you, and he'll interview you while you demo your robot. Pretty straightforward! Once we have those clips, plus some B-roll video that you provide, we'll have what we need to put the show together.

We've got a number of bots signed up so far, but we could always use more, so please spread the word!

Hopefully you can dust off your robot and get it up and running by Oct 24. If we have a lot of interest, we may add a second day of filming, but we'd really like to shoot all the clips at once.

We haven't nailed down the actual air date of the show itself, since I want to see how the shooting goes first. But hopefully it will be some time in November.

If you wanna bask in the glory of our past events, we've got videos! Oh, do we got videos...


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