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Andra Keay

Andra Keay is the Managing Director of Silicon Valley Robotics, non-profit industry group supporting innovation and commercialization of robotics technologies. Andra is also founder of the Robot Launch global startup competition and a mentor, investor and advisor to startups, accelerators and think tanks, with a strong interest in commercializing socially positive robotics and AI, shared on “The Robot State” site.

Andra cofounded Robohub, the global robotics research news site, building on her background in film, television and media production, internet and computing technologies, with degrees in Interaction, Communication and Human/Robot Cultural Studies. Andra also cofounded Robot Garden, a robotics makerspace and teaches Interaction Design and Theory. Andra has a particular interest in understanding diversity and representation in robotics and AI and started the Women in Robotics community. Andra speaks regularly to international audiences on robotics/AI ethics, innovation, commercialization and interaction.

Fun fact: Andra used to play in early Australian punk rock bands.


All Sessions By Andra Keay

Robotics Rebooted – What does ‘Robotics 2.0’ mean?
Masters&Robots Day 2
Robotics 1.0 has been around for 50 years and we all know those robots as the ‘4Ds’. They are DIRTY, DULL and DANGEROUS. They’re also DUMB! Robotics 2.0 is the ‘4Ss’, SMART, SAFE, SOCIAL and SERVICE ROBOTS. They come in all shapes and sizes and they are moving into almost every industry. It’s not just a new breed of robots, it’s lots of breeds of robots! We’re having a ‘Cambrian Explosion’ in robotics, as Gill Pratt, organizer of the DARPA Robotics Challenge described it. Let’s talk about the wide new range of robotics in Robotics 2.0 and what the financial and social impact will be.