We are very pleased that we can finally unveil the agenda for this year. TC Sessions: Robotics happening 100% online on July 21st. This is a huge labor of love for our team and we’ve been thinking about it ever since we last ran the show back in early March 2020. It is difficult to put into words how much the world has changed since then, and with it the world of robotics, artificial intelligence and automation has changed radically.
Not so long ago, every conversation about space came with the same warning: it would change the way we live five to ten years from now. As the world shut down and suffered from labor shortages, it became clear that this time had suddenly arrived.
During the pandemic, we have recorded massive growth in all sectors of robotics, and while venture capital investment is slowing in almost all startup categories, investment in robotics continues at a pace not seen before 2020. at a robotics event and, accordingly, we can safely say that we have never run a robotics event as well as this.
We have headliners such as US Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh; inventor Dean Kamen; and Amazon Vice President of Global Robotics Joseph Quinlivan. MIT CSAIL director Daniela Rus will speak with CMU head of robotics Matthew Johnson-Roberson, as well as HRI robotics experts Rod Brooks and Clara Wu. We’ll also talk to top VCs and CEOs of Boston Dynamics, Sarcos, Locus Robotics, Fetch, and more, and feature demos from researchers and cutting-edge startups like Agility.
Best of all, you can attend all of these sessions and join the online robotics community through fast networking, chats, and one-on-one meetings. register here for free.
There has never been a better time to talk about robotics and we can safely say that there has never been a better group of experts to discuss it. The full schedule of the July 21 event can be found below. We hope you are as excited as we are.
The changing face of work
with Secretary Marty Walsh (US Department of Labor)
Robotics is set to have a profound impact on how America works in the future. Automation is inevitable, but is the US really prepared for the coming blow? Labor Secretary Marty Walsh will discuss what employers and regulators need to do to prepare for these sweeping changes.
Financing the future
with Kelly Chen (DCVC), Bruce Leak (Playground Global) and Helen H. Liang (Founders X Ventures)
As funding for many startups dried up, robotics weathered the storm well. The pandemic has boosted investment in this category as more companies turn to automated solutions, and this trend is not going to slow down anytime soon.
with Matthew Johnson-Roberson (Carnegie Mellon University) and Daniela Rus (CSAIL, MIT)
If you are looking for the most advanced developments in the field of robotics and artificial intelligence, you have come to the right place. MIT CSAIL head Daniela Rus and new CMU head of robotics Matthew Johnson-Roberson will join us to discuss how schools are helping to rethink robotics.
The complete world of warehouse robotics
with Rick Faulk (Locus Robotics), Jessica Moran (Berkshire Grey) and Melony Wise (Zebra Technologies)
At the moment, logistics and fulfillment may be the most popular category in robotics. Locus Robotics, Zebra Technologies (Fetch) and Berkshire Gray help define the space. Their automation helps reduce delivery times, manage inventory, help your human counterparts, and stay competitive.
with Joseph Quinlivan (Amazon)
Amazon’s huge bet on robotics dates back to its 2012 acquisition of Kiva Systems. Over the past decade, that gamble has paid off immeasurably as the retailer has become the 800-pound gorilla in any warehouse automation conversation. Vice President Joseph Quinlivan will discuss what the company is doing to maintain its edge.
TechCrunch Robotics Presentation
The industry’s brightest entrepreneurs will take the stage in front of a live audience and panel of industry experts, speaking about revolutionary technologies. Founders – apply here.
with Dean Kamen (FIRST)
From Segway to iBot to AutoSyringe, Dean Kamen has made a name for himself as one of the biggest inventors of the last 50 years. In 1989, he decided to make some money back by launching FIRST, an organization that promotes STEM education. He will talk about his creations and the work he is doing to inspire the next generation of inventors.
From cage to stage: the commercialization of AI and robotics
with Peter Abbel (UC Berkeley, Covariant), Joyce Sidopoulos (MassRobotics) and Milo Werner (Engine)
What does it take to take a robot or AI process from the lab to the market? Learn from The Engine General Partner Milo Werner, academic-commercial crossover specialist Joyce Sidopoulos of MassRobotics, and Peter Abbil, who splits his time between UC Berkeley and Covariant, the well-funded artificial intelligence company he founded.
Shaping robots, environment and people for harmony
with Rod Brooks (Robust.AI) and Clara Wu (Veo Robotics)
As robots and AI begin to make their way into everyday life, we must learn from industry and academic research on how to coexist safely and productively. Rod Brooks and Clara Wu bring years of experience to this issue and can talk about what is needed in hardware, software and more to bring robot and human lives closer together.
Making robots work
with Kiva Allgood (Sarcos) and Robert Plater (Boston Dynamics)
We’ve seen demos and viral videos, but moving from research to the real world is a difficult journey. Boston Dynamics and Sarcos executives will discuss the process of bringing their robots to market, from pilot testing to large-scale production.
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