Xconomy Forum: Robo Madness Boston

It’s a critical time for robotics and artificial-intelligence companies. While iRobot paved the way for commercial robots, tech giants like Google, Amazon, and Facebook are harnessing the technology in new ways. From self-driving cars to automated warehouses to drone-delivery systems, machines that move and think could remake some of the world’s biggest industries. Meanwhile, startups and investors are trying to outmaneuver the big boys with cheaper, more practical alternatives, while blazing some entirely new trails in fields such as healthcare, education, public services, and smart homes.

How will smarter and more capable robots impact human jobs and society? Who will emerge as the preeminent robot company of this era? And what should the New England robotics community do to press its advantage in technology and talent? At Xconomy’s first-ever dedicated robotics event in Boston, we’ll tackle these questions—and many more—in a series of all-star talks, chats, and interactive demos.

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Rodney Brooks
    • Founder and CTO, Rethink Robotics; Co-founder, iRobot
  • Mick Mountz
    • Founder and CEO, Kiva Systems (acquired by Amazon)
  • Helen Greiner
    • Founder and CEO, CyPhy Works
  • Marc Raibert
    • Founder and President, Boston Dynamics (acquired by Google)
  • Dmitry Grishin
    • Founder, Grishin Robotics; Co-founder and CEO, Mail.Ru Group
  • Daniel Theobald
    • Co-founder and CTO, Vecna
  • John Kawola
    • CEO, Harvest Automation
  • Peter Vicars
    • President and CEO, VGo Communications
  • Holly Yanco
    • Director, NERVE Center; Professor, UMass Lowell
  • Ben Einstein
    • Managing Director, Bolt
  • Steve Chambers
    • CEO, Jibo
  • Eric Paley
    • Managing Partner, Founder Collective
  • Rudina Seseri
    • Partner, Fairhaven Capital
  • Bill Culley
    • Co-founder and President, Empire Robotics
  • Paolo Pirjanian
    • CTO, iRobot
  • Charles Carignan
    • CEO, BiOM
  • Duy Huynh
    • Founder and CEO, Robotbase
  • Jacob Rosen
    • Co-founder, ExoSense; Professor of Medical Robotics, UCLA
  • Roger Matus
    • VP of Products and Markets, Neurala
  • Todd Dagres
    • General Partner, Spark Capital
  • Pete Wurman
    • CTO, Kiva Systems (acquired by Amazon)

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Registration: 12:00 – 1:00 pm

Program: 1:00 – 5:15 pm

Networking Reception: 5:15 – 6:00 pm

Full agenda here

Registration Information:

Regular Registration: $195

Startup Special: $95

Student Registration: $30

At the Door: $250

Demo Space: If you would like to demo your product or technology, please contact [email protected]

*Speakers and program schedule are subject to change.

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