Cancellation of ORC 2020 due to COVID-19

We hope you and your families are all well. Over the past month, we have been assessing the interest and feasibility of alternative solutions to host the ORC this year, given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

After much consideration, we are sad to announce we are cancelling this year’s competition for the first time in ORC’s 17-year history. While our mission is to expose students to STEM, the health and safety of our participants, teachers, attendees, and volunteers is our number one priority, especially in these uncertain times.

With that said, we want to continue exposing Ottawa area students to STEM. If you are interested in delivering a virtual lecture, tutorial (or several), or sharing a STEM-related project to elementary and high school students, please contact us at

Stay safe, keep practicing physical distancing, and wash your hands regularly! We hope to see you all next year!

Kelly Xu
Chair, IEEE Ottawa Robotics Competition

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