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Asia Pacific Open Championships

The Asia Pacific Open Championships (APOC) consist of two events run in the June/July period each year and are hosted by the home of FIRST    Australia, Macquarie University. These events provide wonderful opportunities to explore Sydney and celebrate the international FIRST community!



FIRST   LEGO   League: 4 - 7 July 2024

FIRST   Tech Challenge: 11 - 14 July 2024




1 Central Courtyard (1CC)

Macquarie University

Macquarie Park NSW 2113

The event is free and open to spectators from the general public - tickets are not required.


2024 Dates: 4 - 7 July

The FLL Asia Pacific Open Championship is an international invitation-only FIRST LEGO League Challenge event. FIRST LEGO League regional partners around the world will select teams to advance to this event based on Champions Award criteria.

The event is four days, with registration on the first morning, two days of competition and a closing ceremony on the last day. Teams will participate in an official FIRST LEGO League Challenge event, as well as fun activities such as a Friendship Night with cultural performances, a team activity exploring the Flora and Fauna of Australia and a scavenger hunt across Macquarie University.

FIRST Tech Challenge

2024 Dates: 11 - 14 July

The FTC Asia Pacific Open Championship is an open event that all registered FIRST Tech Challenge teams are welcome to register for. Teams can place an expression of interest from the November prior to the event; after that, teams have until April to officially register.

The event is four days, with registration on the first afternoon, two days of FIRST Tech Challenge official competition and a closing ceremony on the last day. In addition to the competition, teams will participate in fun activities.

Starting November 1st 2023, the FIRST Tech Challenge Asia Pacific Open Championship 2024 is taking RSVP applications from FTC teams around the world that meet the following criteria: 

  • All officially FIRST registered teams for the CENTERSTAGEseason are eligible to participate.

  • Registration is based on "RSVP order of receipt."

  • This event can accommodate a maximum of 48 teams.

  • Teams who RSVP late, after the 48 team cut-off, will be on a waiting list in order of RSVP.

  • The 48 RSVP'd teams will receive an official registration and payment link in February 2024 to finalise participation.

Cost: $300** AUD per person (inclusive of GST)

Cost includes four meals during the event, event gift pack and activities. Team students and at least one mentor/coach must register. Paid registration is also open to parents and siblings travelling who wish to participate in the event activities, gift pack and meals.

** This may be subject to change as the registration window approaches.

Below are some recommendations for accommodation for teams that will be attending the Asia Pacific Open Championships. We strongly suggest that teams book early.

If you are not renting cars, there are many options for public transport in the area. Please note, for all public transport, you will need an Opal card. See below for details.

  • Parking: A link will be emailed to attendees to register for free parking. 

  • Opal Card information: You have the option to get a physical Opal card, or 'tap and pay' from your phone

  • Transport NSW: Transport NSW offers a 'trip planner' which will map out a route via public transport for you; on the website there are also route maps for buses and trains

  • Macquarie University Metro Station: Across the street from shopping centre - 10 minute walk from venue

  • Taxi Rank, Macquarie Shopping Centre: There is a taxi stop located at the bus interchange at Macquarie Shopping Centre if you are looking for more direct and private transport

  • Uber: Uber is an alternative to taxis that can be called via the Uber app

Some meals will be provided on competition days. However, plan to organise your own extra food for throughout the competition.

  • Macquarie Shopping Centre: Macquarie Shopping Centre offers a food court and many sit-down dining options as well as grocery stores - 15 minute walk to venue

  • Macquarie University Hub: Located at venue, takeaway food options - please note that it is possible not all of the listed food options will be open as the event takes place during university holidays

  • Eden Park Centre: Multiple food chains such as McDonalds, KFC and Subway - 10 minute drive to venue

  • Woolworths Marsfield: Additional grocery store to Macquarie Shopping Centre

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