Sacramento, get ready to (Robo) Rumble!

Midtown Sacramento on Sunday, Jan. 20 will be ground zero for an epic brawl featuring robots of all shapes, sizes and weaponry.

Maker HQ, in partnership with Verizon and the City of Sacramento, is hosting the first NorCal Robo Rumble. The one day event will feature robot builders from around the region as they pit their wits and technical expertise against each other in four robot competitions, including sumo and traditional combat.

“In addition to being a a new and thrilling event for spectators, the NorCal Robo Rumble is a great way to support local STEM instruction and initiatives,” said Natasha Greer, IT Project Manager for the City of Sacramento.

The event runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is being held at 1809 23rd St. Entrance is free for spectators and no ticket is required. Please see the event schedule and list of competitions below. For more information, go to


  • Jr. Autonomous Robot Sumo Competition – Age Under 18 – Mini Sumo Class (500 grams)
  • Jr. R/C Robot Combat Competition – No Spinning Weapons – Age Under 18 – Ant Weight Class (1 lbs)
  • Open Autonomous Robot Sumo Competition – All Ages – Mini Sumo Class (500 grams)
  • Open R/C Robot Combat Competition – All Non-Flame Weapons OK – All Ages – Ant Weight Class (1 lbs)

All competitions will run in a double elimination format


9:00am Venue opens, safety check-in
10:00am Both Sumo and Combat competition fights begin
12:30pm Lunch Break
1:30pm Both Sumo and Combat competition fights resume
4:00pm Fights end, awards given
5:00pm Venue closes

All times are subject to change