FTC Netherlands is a collaboration between Stichting STEAMup and FRC Team Rembrandts. Together we form the organizing committee for the FIRST® Tech Challenge in the Netherlands.
Our strategy is to build this from bottom up, which we have been doing for the last few years. Now we are at a turning point where we have to plan for the future FIRST infrastructure within the Netherlands and Belgium. Creating a sustainable basis and growth within FTC and establishing a supportive transition into FRC. This allows us to replicate the programs to other local regions and countries in Europe and work towards a FIRST joint-effort with other parties involved.
The need for scientific and engineering talent is higher than ever and fresh "smart" blood is required to prosper in a world of new smart devices. We see a huge opportunity for FIRST to play a role in the fulfilment of this need. To overcome this barrier and grow the number of European FRC and FTC teams, a FIRST culture and infrastructure has to be developed on the European continent. Where FTC NL will start and focus on implementing a new infrastructure within the Netherlands firstly and eventually growing towards Belgium.
Ron Visser (chairman)
Ronald Stegers (treasurer)
Nicolle Visschers (secretary / program coordinator)
Irene Hulsen (program coordinator)
Roel van Os (board member)
Bas Koomen (board member)