Based on the rapidly increasing interest in humanoid robots, and the growing number of competition entries, the ROBO-ONE organization published a press release today putting out the call for regional competition partners in Japan. The concept, as we understand it from the Japanese press release, is to authorize regional humanoid robot event organizers to pre-qualify robot entries for the ROBO-ONE 11 event scheduled in Tokyo next March.
The initial conditions, which are subject to change, are designed to preserve the integrity of the selection process while dealing with the large number of predicted entries. While the regional events don't have to strictly follow the ROBO-ONE regulations to the letter, they do have to meet the intent and be officially pre-authorized. In addition, they have to have at least 16 competing robots, and be open to the general public. There is no mention of how entries from overseas will be handled at this time.