Bridging the Gap: The Search for Missing Nations at FIRST Global Challenge

The buzz is real as the FIRST Global Challenge in Singapore this October draws near. A showcase of young brilliance from all over the globe, this competition seeks to unite nations through the joys of STEM and robotics. Yet, as the event's horizon nears, some nations are still missing from the roster. As a dedicated volunteer, I'm reaching out to the global community to ensure every nation gets a chance to shine.


The FIRST Global Challenge isn’t just another event; it's where innovation meets passion. Here, teams from across continents come together, each bringing their unique flair to the technological landscape. Each nation adds its distinct voice, perspectives, and creativity, turning the event into a melting pot of international cooperation.

However, several nations, which have previously participated and contributed significantly to the competition, are noticeably absent this year. Their absence means we would miss out on the rich diversity and innovative solutions they bring to the challenges we face.

The MISSING NATIONS this year include:

  • American Samoa
  • Andorra
  • Bahrain
  • Belgium
  • Chinese Taipei
  • Czechia
  • France
  • Haiti
  • Iceland
  • Korea, Democratic People's Republic of
  • Liechtenstein
  • Luxembourg
  • Monaco
  • Nauru
  • Russian Federation
  • Samoa
  • San Marino
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Spain
  • Sudan
  • Timor-Leste
  • Tuvalu
  • Uruguay

These countries have been essential contributors to previous FIRST Global Challenges, and it's essential we reach out to them. A global challenge needs global participation, and every nation's contribution is invaluable.

As a volunteer, I've had the privilege of witnessing the electric atmosphere of the competition. The camaraderie, the ingenious solutions to complex problems, and the shared enthusiasm make the FIRST Global Challenge an event like no other. It's vital that every nation has an opportunity to be part of this narrative.


In the vast landscape of our community, each one of us has a role to play in ensuring complete global representation. If you have connections or acquaintances in the STEM sectors of the missing nations, or know of schools, robotics clubs, or community groups that might be interested in joining, now is the time to step up.

For insights or leads, please [ message me on Messenger ], and I'll guide you to the appropriate contact. Let's work together to ensure the FIRST Global Challenge stands as a beacon of global unity and collaboration in STEM.

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