Robot Block Party – more information

MEDIA RELEASE 03.25.12

Watch out for robots wandering around Stanford! In celebration of National Robotics Week, Silicon Valley’s Robot Block Party returns to the Volkswagen Automotive Innovation Lab at Stanford Wednesday, April 11 2012, from 1 to 6pm.

There’ll be wonderful robots on display ranging from Mars Rovers from The Tech Museum, to middle school robot projects. Cutting edge robotics companies represented at the Block Party include industry leaders like Adept, Bosch, Willow Garage and researchers from SRI International and the Center for Automotive Research. Smaller startups are also on display, like MLB drones, the Robot App Store and Beatbots, who created the lovable dancing robot toy ‘Keepon’.

The Robot Block Party is hosted by the Law School’s Center for Internet and Society, pioneers in the field of robot ethics and the law, and organized by SVRobotics, the forum for California’s dynamic robotics cluster. As a part of National Robotics Week, from April 7 – 15, 2012, the Robot Block Party celebrates the contributions of Silicon Valley to the development of robotics and aims to spark general interest in science, technology and mathematics. This year, the Block Party opens with a Job Fair from 1 to 2 pm, where university students and graduates who are considering a career in robotics can talk to the leading Bay Area robotics companies. Robotics spans many disciplines, including design, psychology, biological sciences, mechanical, industrial and electrical engineering, AI and computer science.

Finally, the Robot Block Party showcases DIY robotics and fabulous robot art, featuring robots from the Homebrew Robotics Club, various artists/makers/roboticists and school robot projects from FIRST Robot Competitions. For more information, contact Andra Keay andrakeay@gmail.com 925 344 5925

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Other companies or organizations at the Robot Block Party include:
NASA
Ologic
Beatbots
MLB Drones
The Robot App Store
Precise Automation
RoboGames
FIRST Robotics
FIRST Lego League
Robot LaunchPad
Homebrew Robotics Club
California Academy of Sciences
and tentatively many more… if you are not yet involved and wish to be, please contact Andra Keay andrakeay@gmail.com 925 344 5925

Robot Block Party @ Stanford Apr 11 2012

In celebration of National Robotics Week for the third year the Robot Block Party will be held on the Stanford University campus and will showcase the best of robotics technology in the Bay Area! The VAIL complex will host the Robot Block Party from 1 till 6, starting with a job fair, then a public exhibition and closing with a party (tbc).

The Center for Internet and Society (CIS) at Stanford is once again participating in the Robot Block Party and have videos of the previous events as well as uptodate event information.

National Robotics Week April 7-15 2012

The third annual National Robotics Week will be held April 7-15, 2012.

We doubled our events in 2011 from our 2010 inaugural year, and hope to reach even more participants in 2012. Stay tuned and look for events near you!

Mark your calendars and watch here for more information.

The purpose of National Robotics Week is to:

  • Celebrate the US as a leader in robotics technology development
  • Educate the public about how robotics technology impacts society, both now and in the future
  • Advocate for increased funding for robotics technology research and development
  • Inspire students of all ages to pursue careers in robotics and other Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math-related fields

Why is robotics important?

  • Robotics technology is a growing industry which creates high-tech jobs in the US
  • Robotics technologies are helping to improve healthcare, national defense, homeland security, energy, manufacturing, logistics, transportation, agriculture, education, consumer goods, and many other sectors
  • Robotics provides an exciting, hands-on way for students to learn Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math

Celebrate National Robotics Week by attending an event in your area or host your own event!

Previous Events and Ideas

Upcoming Events:

-Autonomous Anonymous, Dec 1 7-10pm, Antonio’s Nut House

-SVR meeting Winter 2011 (working group meetings scheduled regularly)

Past Meetings:

October 2010: Marketing panel hosted at Willow Garage

May 2010: SVR meeting at KLA-Tencore (talks by Joint Venture Silicon Valley & Karl Mathia)

April 2010: National Robotics Week at Stanford University

January 2010: SVR Kickoff Meeting at SRI

Autonomous Anonymous:

Autonomous Anonymous is a once-a-month happy hour intended to supplement SVR’s seasonal meetings with informal networking. Meetups occur on the first Wednesday of the month: 7-10pm. Please join the google group for the monthly announcement: http://groups.google.com/group/autonomous-anonymous-silicon-valley

Potential Meeting Topics:

-Finding Investment (VCs, strategic investment, alternative sources of funding)

-Marketing Robotics

-Military Funding (SBIR process, congressional grants, DARPA, DOD…)

-Robots and the Law

-Eldercare robots; is it the tipping point for the personal robotics industry?

-Web enabled robots (telepresence  & intelligent personal robots)

-Industry Experts (consumer, military, deep sea, entertainment, telepresence, space, personal, medical robotics…)

-Industrial Robotics’ transition into mobile & dextrous manufacturing

-Updates from geographical hotspots: Boston, Pittsburgh, NC, Houston

-University Research; meet the professors

-Application-based robotics; what can we learn from computer history?

-Complexity vs. simplicity in robotic products

-Is modularity important for robot serviceability?

-Engaging the hobbyist robotics community

-Robotics in education & STEM outreach

-Who are the integrators and solution providers? (think GeekSquad for personal robotics, how will people know what to buy?)

-Industry standardization; Why, How, and When (NIST)

Stanford Robot Block Party!

National Robotics Week Events: April 9-17 2011

National Robotics Week Events

The congressionally mandated National Robotics Week will be held April 9-17 this year ( http://www.nationalroboticsweek.org ).
Silicon Valley Robotics is spearheading events and program in the Bay Area.
We will be holding our 2nd Robotics Block Party open to the public that week at Stanford’s VAIL Center. If you manage or are involved in robotics in reach of Silicon Valley Robotics, please plan to get involved that week. If you would like to participate in the Block Party, please contact Sue Carlson Lim (at Adept) to find out details.

If you are not able to participate in the Block Party, but will be hosting some other robotics activity, please also forward that information to Sue so that we can list it on our events calendar for the week. Last year, the Bay Area was the envy of the nation in the breadth and scale of its robotics events during the first National Robotics Week. We hope to maintain and build on that position from last year.

SVRobotics Networking Event @ Bosch March 21, 2011

DATE: Monday, March 21, 2011
TIME: 4:30p to 6:30p
LOCATION: Bosch Research and Technology Center
4009 Miranda Avenue, Suite 250 (2nd floor)
Palo Alto, CA 94304

There will be an update on the activities of Silicon Valley Robotics as well as a tour and presentation on the robotics program at Bosch RTC. Due to space restrictions, this event will be limited to 50 people.
Please register at http://svr.eventbrite.com