Judges Announcement for TC Sessions: Robotics Pitch Off

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On June 21, TechCrunch will host TC Sessions: Robotics 2022 – virtually. No TechCrunch event is complete without showcasing startups from around the world at an early stage. If you are a founder in the field of robotics – hardware or software side 0, you can apply here. Who will you be pitching to? The elegance of the robotics ecosystem.

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The pitch-off will consist of three startups that will be presented on a virtual stage for four seconds in front of the entire TC Sessions audience and our expert jury.

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The winning team will receive a coveted seat at TechCrunch Startup Battlefield 200, free exhibition space at TechCrunch Disrupt 2022, and a chance to win $100,000 in royalty-free prize money.

It’s a shame that you missed the chance to apply for a start? Don’t be afraid! TechCrunch has your back – you have time to apply before the end of today – here.

And now for our fantastic judges:

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Ayanna Howard, Ohio State University

Experienced roboticist, entrepreneur, and educator Ayanna Howard, Ph.D., became Dean of the Ohio State University College of Engineering on March 1, 2021. as founder and director of the Human Automation Systems Laboratory.

Her career spans higher education, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the private sector. Dr. Howard is the founder and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Zyrobotics, a Georgia Institute of Technology subsidiary that develops mobile therapeutic and educational products for children with special needs. Zyrobotics products are based on research by Dr. Howard.

Among many awards, Forbes has named Dr. Howard one of America’s Top 50 Women in Technology. In May 2021, the Association for Computing Machinery named her an ACM Athena Lecturer in recognition of her fundamental contributions to the development of accessible human-robot systems and artificial intelligence, as well as finding new ways to increase participation in computing.

Dr. Howard received her bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from Brown University, her master’s and doctoral degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Southern California, and her master’s degree in business administration from Claremont University.

Aya Bdeir, littleBits (acquired by Sphero)

“Aya Bdeir is an entrepreneur, engineer and social activist. She is the inventor of littleBits, the electronic building block that has changed STEM education for millions of children around the world. For more than a decade, Bdeira’s work has focused on empowering everyone to be an inventor—by modularizing and democratizing electronics, developing new ways to learn through play, and rethinking the relationship between technology and creativity. Bdeir has focused on empowering underrepresented communities, especially girls, with tools to help them become tomorrow’s changemakers. In recognition of her work, Bdeir has received numerous awards including: BBC 100 Most Influential Women (2019), a TED Fellowship and she appeared on the cover of The New York Times Magazine (2011). Her inventions are included in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and she holds over a dozen patents.
Bdeir graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab and the American University of Beirut. She is from Beirut, Lebanon and lives and works in New York.”

Kelly Chen, DCVC

“Kelly is a partner at DCVC, a high-tech venture capital firm with $3 billion in assets. An engineer at heart, she invests in teams solving some of the world’s toughest challenges in industry, automation, supply chain and sustainability. At DCVC, she led investments including Agility Robotics, Fulfil.ai, SafelyYou, SmarTex and Brimstone.

Kelly has always been interested in how to use data and optimization to push boundaries faster. From her former career as a fixed income quantitative trader to creating a new product line for a global investment bank, she focused on building the best models, structures and sales teams to optimize results. Kelly received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Columbia Engineering and her MBA from Wharton, where she was president of the Entrepreneurship Club. In her spare time, Kelly can be seen traversing the frigid waters of the bay in her electric hydrofoil.”

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