We are extremely excited to finally be able to unveil the agenda for this year’s TC sessions: robotics will take place 100% online on July 21st. It’s a tremendous labor of love for our team, and something we’ve been thinking about since we last held the show in early March 2020. It’s hard to say how much the world has changed since then, and the world of robotics, AI and automation has fundamentally transformed with it.
Not so long ago, every conversation about space came with the same caveat: it will change the way we live in five to 10 years. As the world shut down and suffered from labor shortages, it became clear that suddenly this time has come.
During the pandemic, we’ve mapped massive growth across all robotics sectors, and as venture capital money slows for nearly every startup category, robotics investment continues at a pace never seen before. 2020. Frankly, there’s never been a better time to put on a robotics event, and with good reason we can say with confidence that we’ve never put on a robotics event as good as this.
We have headliners like 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 Robotics Lead Matthew Johnson-Roberson, as well as HRI robotics experts Rod Brooks and Clara Vu. We’ll also speak with top VCs and CEOs from Boston Dynamics, Sarcos, Locus Robotics, Fetch and more, plus demos from researchers and cutting-edge tech startups like Agility.
Even better, you can attend all of these sessions and join the online robotics community with quick networking, chats, and one-on-one meetings by registering here for free.
There’s never been a better time to talk about robotics, and we’re confident to say there’s never been a better group of experts to discuss it with. Below is the full schedule for the July 21 event. We hope you are as enthusiastic as we are.
The new face of work
with Secretary Marty Walsh (US Department of Labor)
Robotics is set to have a profound impact on the future of how America works. Automation is inevitable, but is the United States really prepared for the impact to come? 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)
While funding has dried up for many startups, robotics has weathered the storm pretty well. The pandemic has fueled investment in the category as more companies turn to automated solutions, and the trend shows no signs of slowing anytime soon.
with Matthew Johnson-Roberson (Carnegie Mellon University) and Daniela Rus (CSAIL, MIT)
If you’re looking for the cutting edge of robotics and AI research, you’ve come to the right place. MIT CSAIL Director Daniela Rus and CMU’s new Head of Robotics Matthew Johnson-Roberson will join us to discuss how schools are helping to redefine robotics.
The fulfilling world of warehouse robotics
with Rick Faulk (Locus Robotics), Jessica Moran (Berkshire Grey) and Melonee Wise (Zebra Technologies)
Logistics and fulfillment might just be the hottest category in robotics right now. Locus Robotics, Zebra Technologies (Fetch) and Berkshire Gray help define the space. Their automation works to improve delivery times, manage inventory, help their human counterparts, and stay competitive.
with Joseph Quinlivan (Amazon)
Amazon’s huge bet on robotics dates back to its acquisition of Kiva Systems in 2012. Over the past decade, it’s a bet that has paid off immeasurably, as the retailer has become the gorilla of 800 books in any conversation about warehouse automation. Vice President Joseph Quinlivan will discuss what the company is doing to maintain its edge.
Launch of TechCrunch robotics
The industry’s brightest entrepreneurs will take the stage in front of a live audience and panel of industry experts, showcasing groundbreaking technologies. Founders – apply here.
with Dean Kamen (FIRST)
From the Segway to the iBot to the AutoSyringe, Dean Kamen has made a name for himself as one of the greatest inventors of the past 50 years. In 1989, he decided to give back with the launch of FIRST, an organization that promotes STEM education. He will discuss his creations and the work he does to inspire the next generation of inventors.
From Cage to Stage: Commercializing AI and Robotics
with Pieter Abbeel (UC Berkeley, Covariant), Joyce Sidopoulos (MassRobotics) and Milo Werner (The Engine)
What does it take to take an AI robot or process from lab to market? Learn from experience with Milo Werner, general partner of The Engine, Joyce Sidopoulos of MassRobotics, specialist in academic and commercial crossover, and Pieter Abbeel, who splits his time between UC Berkeley and Covariant, the well-funded artificial intelligence company that he founded.
Shaping robots, environments and people for harmony
with Rod Brooks (Robust.AI) and Clara Vu (Veo Robotics)
As robots and AI begin to invade everyday life, we need to learn lessons from industry and academic research on how to coexist safely and productively. Both Rod Brooks and Clara Vu bring years of expertise to the matter and can talk about what it takes in hardware, software and beyond to bring robot and human life closer together.
Putting robots to work
with Kiva Allgood (Sarcos) and Robert Playter (Boston Dynamics)
We’ve seen the demos and the viral videos, but moving from research to the real world is its own complex journey. The CEOs of Boston Dynamics and Sarcos will discuss the process of bringing their robots to market, from pilot testing to full-scale manufacturing.
We look forward to seeing you online at the TC: Robotics Sessions with these visionaries and the global robotics community on July 21! Sign up now to get access to all these sessions and more right here!