The Urban Slang Dictionary defines 'swag' as, "Promotional merchandise for a band, record label, or other entity in the music business, usually distributed at concerts. May include t-shirts, stickers, promo CDs, posters, etc." In line with that definition, we were the happy recipient of some great swag at the Kondo KHR-1 Second Anniversary event here in Tokyo last weekend.
On Saturday morning, all the official participants received a package that included their badges, the event documentation, a KHR-2HV brochure, and a special KHR-1 Second Anniversary t-shirt. The organizers were kind enough to have a 2XL t-shirt prepared, which we definitely appreciated.
In addition to the registration swag, there was also a special drawing held on Sunday afternoon during the closing ceremonies. All the registration cards were put in a large box, then drawn one by one. When this type of drawing is held in the US, the best prizes are usually drawn last to create a sense of anticipation and excitement. We're not sure if it's typical here in Japan, but for this particular drawing the best prizes were drawn first.
Although Gulliver, our KHR-1 robot, ended up retiring from the competition early due to electrical communication problems (our fault by not devoting enough time to preparation), he did particpate in the event as player number 26. Our drawing prize ended up being a set of Kondo hardware that we didn't have any immediate use for. A few minutes later, we traded them with Kazz (winner of the Robo-Fight 3 ORC competition) for his drawing prize, a set of blue anodized aluminum brackets. He seemed very happy with the trade, and we were definitely pleased since we have some good ideas to put our new brackets to use making some modifications to Gulliver.