Special Events and Meetings

Spouse & Guest Program

APEC welcomes the spouses and guests of the APEC conference to participate in conference activities. This year, two tours will be available to APEC spouses and guests. Tours can be purchased through the APEC registration system. This year’s options include:

San Antonio American Indian Mission Tours

Monday, March 5, 2018 | 9:00-12:00

  • Yanguana Mission Heritage Tour with a cultural presentation and native food sampling included
  • A traditional Native lunch will be prepared for all attendees
  • Transportation will leave the Marriott Rivercenter Lobby at 9:00
  • Cost: $100 per person


San Antonio Botanical Gardens

Tuesday, March 6, 2018 | 8:30-12:00

  • One hour guided tour of beautiful Botanical Gardens with tour guide
  • Chef demonstration with gourmet food sampling included
  • Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt for guests to explore more of the gardens on their own
  • Transportation will leave the Marriott Rivercenter Lobby at 8:30
  • Cost: $100 per person


Social Event

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 | 18:00-21:00

Join us for a "western" themed social event on Wednesday evening. Enjoy watching a trick roper, listening to a country band, watching armadillo races and playing cornhole.

APEC 2018 Full Conference and Technical Session registrants will receive a social event ticket with their registration. If you have a Seminar only registration, exhibits only registration or are registered as an exhibitor, you should purchase a social event ticket by clicking here if you wish to attend the social event. You can also purchase tickets for your guest to attend. Exhibiting Companies will receive a Social Event Ticket with their Conference Registration.


APEC 2018 will be hosting its 32nd annual Micromouse contest in San Antonio, Texas. The contest will take place on the evening of Monday, March 5th starting at 20:00. It is not necessary for contestants to register for the conference in order to compete.

Enter the annual APEC Micromouse contest or join us as a spectator for this exciting event. Participants design, build, and program robotic mice and compete to see who can navigate their way through the maze in the shortest time. The picture below was taken during the contest in Tampa, Florida last year. (Photos courtesy of Juing-Huei Su)

A typical entry has a pair of motors for propulsion, a battery for energy storage (not shown), infra-red sensors to detect walls, and a microprocessor for intelligence. These are illustrated in the picture below.

The rules for the contest use a scoring system with a penalty for the time taken to map and run the maze, and a bonus for not touching the mouse. They are similar to those used at the IEE World Final held in London in 1987 except that the touch penalty has been reduced from 10 seconds to 2 seconds. The time for each contestant has also been reduced from 15 to 7 minutes. Within this time limit, the Micromouse may make up to 5 runs. Only one mouse per handler will be allowed this year.

Click here for a complete copy of the APEC Micromouse Contest Rules.

Trophies and a cash prizes will be awarded in the following categories:
$500 first place (based on score)
$250 second place (based on score)
$125 third place (based on score)
$500 best student (based on score)
$150 fastest run (based on run time)

In addition, all pre-registered mice that reach the center, will receive a customized certificate.

Click here for the results of last year's Micromouse Contest. Additionally, you can watch the videos of the fastest runs of each mouse here, here and here.

If you would like to register for the contest at APEC 2018, or have any additional questions, please contact the APEC Micromouse Chair. Inquiries can also be directed to the APEC 2018 Offices.