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Meet a 4 projects competing during TC Sessions: Robotics’ pitch-off

TechCrunch is gratified now to announce a companies and judges participating in a pitch-off during TC Sessions: Robotics. This is going to be great.

New life is important. And while TC Sessions: Robotics features a best engineers and companies in a robotics field, we’re vehement to horde a tiny pitch-off that will array 4 budding companies opposite any other in a bid to vaunt their devise during TechCrunch Disrupt SF. To assistance collect a personality we fabricated a illusory group of judges.

Pitch-off events have prolonged been a tack of TechCrunch events. In this sold contest, a people behind these projects will have 4 mins to benefaction their ideas to a judges and assembly and control a live demo of a robot. The judges will afterwards have 4 mins to ask questions. The personality of a competition will be given an vaunt list during TechCrunch Disrupt SF this Sep (a $1995 value).

General acknowledgment tickets are offered out fast and seating is singular in MIT’s Kresge Auditorium. The eventuality takes place in Boston on Jul 17 and facilities a day of speakers, robotic demos and networking. We wish to see we there.


CP Robotics is formed on law program that creates robots means to automatically devise processes, such as grinding, milling, welding, plasma-cutting etc., formed on a discerning initial 3D scanning.

Hand4help
Hand4help is building low-cost, multi functional, 3D-printed robotic palm prosthesis for amputees.

Tangible Media Group
The Tangible Media Group in a MIT Media Lab has grown a robotic haptic interface to give earthy form to practical objects.

Franklin Robotics
Franklin Robotics has grown and will denote Tertill, a drudge that weeds personal gardens.


Jeremy Conrad is a co-founder and a partner during Lemnos Labs, a seed theatre investment organisation formed out of San Francisco. Prior to Lemnos Mr. Conrad was an active avocation United States Air Force officer operative on a Airborne Laser Program. Mr. Conrad perceived his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from a Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Helen Greiner cofounded iRobot in 1990 and served as boss until 2004 and authority until 2008. During her tenure, Helen Greiner guided iRobot into a position as a tellurian personality with a recover of a Roomba, a PackBot and SUGV troops robots. In addition, Greiner headed adult iRobot’s financing projects, lifting $35M in try collateral for a $75M initial open offering. Greiner binds a bachelor’s grade in automatic engineering and a master’s grade in mechanism science, both from a Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 2008 she founded CyPhy Works where she served as a CEO until 2016 and is now a company’s Chief Technology Officer.

Daniel Theobald founded Vecna Technologies in 1999 with a goal to commission amiability by transformative technologies. With a running truth that automation is a pivotal to building a some-more tolerable and estimable future, Daniel has worked with several eminent institutions such as a National Institutes of Health (NIH) and a Veteran’s Administration (VA) to rise automation solutions opposite a series of industries.

Melonee Wise is a CEO of Fetch Robotics, that is delivering modernized robots for a logistics industry. The association introduced their drudge system, including Fetch and Freight, in May of 2015. Prior to fasten Fetch, Melonee was CEO and co-founder of Unbounded Robotics. Before then, Melonee was Manager of Robot Development during Willow Garage, where she led a group of engineers building next-generation drudge hardware, including a PR2 and TurtleBot from Willow Garage. Melonee also has endless knowledge in a expansion of ROS as a investigate and blurb platform. Melonee is now a Mentor in a Qualcomm Robotics Accelerator.


TC Sessions: Robotics

July 17, 2017 @ MIT’s Kresge Auditorium

9:00 AM – 9:05 AM
Opening Remarks from Matthew Panzarino

9:05 AM – 9:25 AM
What’s Next during MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory with Daniela Rus (MIT CSAIL)

9:25 AM – 9:50 AM
Is Venture Ready for Robotics? with Manish Kothari (SRI), Josh Wolfe (Lux Capital) and Helen Zelman (Lemnos)

10:10 AM – 10:35 AM
Collaborative Robots At Work with Clara Vu (VEO),  Jerome Dubois (6 River Systems) and Holly Yanco (UMass Lowell)

10:35 AM – 10:55 AM
Coffee Break

10:55 AM – 11:20 AM
Building A Robotics Startup from Angel to Exit with Helen Greiner (CyPhy Works), Andy Wheeler (GV) and Elaine Chen (Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship)

11:20 AM – 11:30 AM
Soft Robotics (Carl Vause) Demo

11:30 AM – 11:55 AM
Imagineering Disney Robotics with Martin Buehler (Disney Imagineering)

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Lunch and Workshops TBA

1:00 PM – 1:20 PM
Robots during Amazon with Tye Brady (Amazon Robotics)

1:20 PM – 1:55 PM
When Robots Fly with Buddy Michini (Airware), Andreas Raptopoulos (Matternet) and Anil Nanduri (Intel)

1:55 PM – 2:15 PM
Packbot, Roomba and Beyond with Colin Angle (iRobot)

2:15 PM – 2:35 PM
Building Better Bionics Samantha Payne (Open Bionics) and TBA

2:35 PM – 2:45 PM
Demo TBA

2:45 PM – 3:05 PM
The Future of Industrial Robotics with Sami Atiya (ABB)

3:05 PM – 3:25 PM
Coffee Break

3:25 – 3:35 PM
Demo TBA

3:35 PM – 4:15 PM
Robotics Startup Pitch-off (Judges and contestants TBA)

4:15 PM – 4:35 PM
The Age Of The Household Robot with Gill Pratt (Toyota Research Institute)

4:35 PM – 4:55 PM
Building The Robot Brain with Heather Ames (Neurala) and Brian Gerkey (Open Robotics) and TBA

4:55 PM – 5:20 PM
Robots, AI and Humanity with David Barrett (Olin), David Edelman (MIT) and Dr. Brian Pierce (DARPA) and TBA

5:20 PM – 5:25 PM
Wrap Up 

5:25 PM -7:00 PM
Reception  

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