We are thrilled to finally be able to reveal the agenda for the TC Sessions: Robotics taking place 100% online on July 21st. It’s a huge labor of love for our team, and something we’ve been thinking about since we last ran the show in early March 2020. It’s hard to put into words how much the world has changed since then, and the world of robotics, AI and automation has fundamentally changed as a result.
Not too 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 came to a standstill and faced labor shortages, it became clear that now is the time.
During the pandemic, we’ve charted the massive growth across all robotics sectors, and while the VC money is slowing for nearly every startup category, investment in robotics continues at a pace not seen before 2020. Honestly. That said, there has never been a better time to be at a robotics event, and we can rightly say that we have never staged such a good robotics event.
We have headliners like US Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh; inventor Dean Kamen; and Amazon’s VP of Global Robotics, Joseph Quinlivan. MIT CSAIL Director Daniela Rus will meet with CMU’s chief of robotics, Matthew Johnson-Roberson, as well as robotics HRI experts Rod Brooks and Clara Vu. We will also speak with top VCs and the CEOs of Boston Dynamics, Sarcos, Locus Robotics, Fetch and more, along with demos from researchers and pioneering startups like Agility.
Best of all, you can attend all of these sessions and join the robotics community online with quick networking, chats, and face-to-face meetings by registering for free here.
There’s never been a better time to talk about robotics, and we can safely say there’s never been a better group of experts to talk to. Below you will find the full program for the July 21 event. We hope you are as excited as we are.
The changing face of work
with Secretary Marty Walsh (U.S. Department of Labor)
Robotics will have a profound impact on the future of how America works. Automation is inevitable, but is the US really prepared for the coming impact? Labor Secretary Marty Walsh will discuss what employers and regulators need to do to brace themselves for these radical changes.
Financing the future
with Kelly Chen (DCVC), Bruce Leak (Playground Global) and Helen H. Liang (Founders X Ventures)
As funding has dried up for many startups, robotics have weathered the storm quite well. The pandemic has fueled investment in the category as more companies look to automated solutions, and the trend shows no signs of slowing down in the near term.
with Matthew Johnson-Roberson (Carnegie Mellon University) and Daniela Rus (CSAIL, MIT)
If you’re looking for the latest advancements in robotics and AI research, you’ve come to the right place. Daniela Rus, head of MIT CSAIL, and Matthew Johnson-Roberson, CMU’s new head of robotics, will join us to discuss how schools are helping to redefine robotics.
The Fulfilling World of Warehouse Robotics
starring Rick Faulk (Locus Robotics), Jessica Moran (Berkshire Grey), and Melonee Wise (Zebra Technologies)
Logistics and fulfillment are arguably the most popular category in robotics right now. Locus Robotics, Zebra Technologies (Fetch) and Berkshire Gray help define 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 2012 acquisition of Kiva Systems. Over the past decade, it’s a gamble that has paid off immeasurably, as the retailer has become the £800 gorilla in every conversation about warehouse automation. VP Joseph Quinlivan will discuss what the company is doing to maintain its lead.
MovieUpdates Robotics Pitch Off
The industry’s brightest entrepreneurs will take the stage in front of a live audience and a panel of industry experts, featuring revolutionary technologies. Founders – apply here.
with Dean Kamen (FIRST)
From the Segway to iBot to 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 something back by launching 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: commercialization of AI and robotics
with Pieter Abbeel (UC Berkeley, Covariant), Joyce Sidopoulos (MassRobotics) and Milo Werner (The Engine)
What does it take to take a robotic or AI process from the lab to the market? Learn from experience with The Engine general partner Milo Werner, academic-commercial crossover specialist Joyce Sidopoulos of MassRobotics and Pieter Abbeel, who splits his time between UC Berkeley and Covariant, the well-funded AI outfit 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 permeate everyday life, we need to learn lessons from industry and academic research on how to coexist safely and productively. Rod Brooks and Clara Vu both bring years of expertise to the question and can talk about what it takes in hardware, software and beyond to bring the lives of robots and humans 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 scaling production.
We can’t wait to see you online at TC Sessions: Robotics with these visionaries along with the global robotics community on July 21! Register now to access all these sessions and much more here!