Venture Café Cambridge
1 Broadway,5th Floor
Cambridge, MA 02142
October 17, 2019
3:00 – 8:30 PM
ABOUT THIS EVENT
ROBOTICS CONNECT 2019
Venture Cafe’s Robotics Connect is a mini-conference taking place on October 17, 2019. This special ‘conference night’ event seeks to bring together the brightest minds who are building, funding, and innovating in the Greater Boston area’s Robotics & A.I. Communities. Come prepared to not only hear the best ideas and see the latest technologies but also to participate in building Boston’s Robotics ecosystem. Click here to register!
AGENDA AT A GLANCE
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM OFFICE HOURS
4:15 PM – 5:15 PM ROUND ROBIN: INNOVATIVE USE CASES FOR ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AND MACHINE LEARNING
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM ROUNDTABLE TALK
5:30 PM – 5:50 PM KEYNOTE: INNOVATIONS IN ROBOTICS AND AI: KEY FACTORS TO SUCCESSFUL PROJECTS
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM PANEL: ROBOTICS AND AI: STRATEGIES FOR ACCELERATING RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT
5:30 PM – 8:00 PM INFO/DEMO TABLES
6:45 PM – 7:45 PM SHARK TANK
OFFICE HOURS (3:00 PM - 5:00 PM)
OFFICE HOURS (3:00 – 5:00 PM)
Early stage ventures and prospective entrepreneurs have an opportunity to sign up for Office Hours during this event. Entrepreneurs may sign up for 30-minute consultations with a variety of experts.
Appointments can be made on a first come, first served basis. Any cancellations will require 48-hour notification in order to accommodate entrepreneurs who have been placed on a wait-list. No-shows are frowned upon in the VenCaf community and we reserve the right to disallow future appointments for repeat offenders.
DETAILS COMING SOON.
ROUND ROBIN: INNOVATIVE USE CASES OF ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE & MACHINE LEARNING (4:15 - 5:15 PM)
ROUND ROBIN: INNOVATIVE USE CASES OF ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE & MACHINE LEARNING
(4:15 PM – 5:15 PM)
During this session, four experts representing distinct industries will present the latest developments and the current applications of AI and Machine learning to their sector of practice. This is a great opportunity to survey the latest developments across multiple industries. Meet our presenters:
Moderator: Chris Requena, Boston New Technology
Chris is an app/software innovator, business grower, community builder and people connector. Since 2011, Chris has led the tech and startup group, Boston New Technology, growing it into one of the largest in the world. BNT startups get extensive publicity and support from the community at monthly events and via BNT’s network. Chris also co-founded hubEngage, a platform for employee communication and engagement. Chris consults on software, app and web development services and greatly enjoys collaborating with clients and users.
Randy Tate, iFlip!
Randy spent his earlier years as a successful collegiate athlete and then self-made entrepreneur. He grew an athletic apparel company to over $5M+ in revenue, then sold it to a publicly traded sporting conglomerate, Sports Chalet. For the last 10+ years he has trained thousands of employees and business owners on how to market effectively, grow sales and build sustainable growth in their companies. His passion for technology led him to one of the fastest growing software companies called Infusionsoft, which peaked with over 150,000 software users. As the VP of Business Training for customers, he developed and oversaw the expansion of the Elite Business Education curriculum program. Since then he has led as the co-founder and CEO of iFlip, SAAS Financial Technology Company.
Charis Loveland, ML Assist
Charis Loveland has a decade and a half of experience in artificial intelligence, big data, new product introduction, file and hardware storage, and software development. She works as a product manager at Mozilla, co-founded a start-up in the machine learning space, works as an instructor of several business courses at General Assembly, and leads online courses about data science at MIT and Columbia. Charis serves as a coding instructor, mentor, and advocate for early STEM education and volunteers for several nonprofits that help promote greater diversity in the technology industry.
Gaugarin Oliver, CapeStart
Gaugarin Oliver is a highly-accomplished Entrepreneur, CEO, Angel Investor and Mentor. He has launched and led sales for 4 startup companies and 2 new business initiatives, including founding and selling MyMediaInfo to Thomson Reuters. Gaugarin was a key player in a $390 million M&A transaction between two large corporations (NASDAQ and Thomson Reuters). His areas of expertise include natural language processing, speech recognition, marketing databases, business intelligence, wireless, call center and enterprise applications. He has experience doing business in the Asia-Pac, Latin America, European and North American markets.
KEYNOTE: INNOVATIONS IN ROBOTICS & AI: KEY FACTORS TO SUCCESSFUL PROJECTS
KEYNOTE: INNOVATIONS IN ROBOTICS & AI: KEY FACTORS TO SUCCESSFUL PROJECTS
(5:30 PM – 5:50 PM)
Robotics and AI are transforming the products we build and the way we do business. Despite some clear successes, projects fail relatively frequently. Fortunately, the industry is rapidly accumulating experience that we can use to reduce risk in robotics and AI projects. In this talk, we present key factors for successful projects. We illustrate the importance of these factors using case studies from diverse vision applications including automated driving and crop harvesting.
Bruce Tannenbaum, MathWorks
Bruce is the manager of technical marketing for vision, AI, robotics, and autonomous applications at MathWorks. His background is in image processing and computer vision system design. Earlier in his career, Bruce worked on digital cameras, inkjet MFPs, computer vision systems, and standardization efforts for MPEG-4 and JPEG-2000. Bruce holds an MBA from Babson College, an MSEE from University of Michigan, and a BSEE from Penn State.
PANEL: INNOVATION IN ROBOTICS & AI: STRATEGIES FOR ACCELERATING RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT (5:30 PM – 6:30 PM)
PANEL: INNOVATIONS IN ROBOTICS & AI: STRATEGIES FOR ACCELERATING RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT
(5:30 PM – 6:30 PM)
During this session, entrepreneurs will discuss innovation in robotics and AI, sharing perspectives on the role and opportunities for research and development in various industries.
Ken Sutton, Yobe
Ken is a serial entrepreneur with nearly 20 years of strategy and business management experience in the technology and finance industries. In addition to his role as the lead technology evangelist, Ken manages the company’s product vision, corporate development, brand management, and investor relationships. Other start-up experience includes: Founding Member of Co-Mune Inc, and Managing Partner Sutton Willis & More. Ken—Connecticut, native— attended the University of Connecticut and has served as a proud member of the Armed Forces (Army Ranger).
Byron Stanley, Wavesense
Byron Stanley has been building robots and automating vehicles for more than two decades, including several vehicles that were deployed in Afghanistan for military use. As Principal Investigator (PI) of the MIT Lincoln Laboratory program that invented the core WaveSense technology, he led the development and testing of this novel radar system. He holds several technology patents and has won an “R&D 100” award as one of the top inventors worldwide. Stanley has engineering Master of Science and Bachelor of Science degrees from MIT.
Tina Chen, Activ Surgical
Tina Chen is a Senior Staff Software Engineer on the Computer Vision team at Activ Surgical, where she works on the development of computer vision and machine learning applications for surgical robotics systems. She has a B.S.E. in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University and an M.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Duke University.
Eamon Carrig, Autonomous Marine Systems
Eamon founded AMS while working as a software and systems engineer at Planetary Systems Corporation, a spacecraft mechanisms company. At PSC, he worked on more than a dozen successful extraterrestrial missions, including flights to Mars, the moon, and payloads for the space shuttle. His expertise lies in automation and extreme environment system design and verification.
Outside of work, Eamon enjoys fatherhood, cooking, crafting, getting to the bottom of things, and tunes.
Eamon earned his A.B. in the Philosophy of Science from Princeton U.
INFO/DEMO TABLES (5:30 PM – 8:00 PM)
5:30 – 8:00 PM, 5th Floor
Venture Cafe demos are a great way to gain exposure through our online and offline channels. During our Robotics Connect event, Venture Café will give a selection of the area’s start-ups, inventors and researchers an opportunity to showcase their work to the Boston community.
Interested in hosting a demo or an Info Table? Please complete the form and select the appropriate event: https://venturecafecambridge.org/entrepreneurapp/
SHARK TANK (6:45 PM - 7:45 PM)
SHARK TANK (6:45 PM – 7:45 PM)
Robotics Connect is hosting a Shark Tank! Five Robotics or A.I. entrepreneurs will pitch a selection of investors. It is a great platform to pitch, meet and build relationships with investors in the Robotics sector.
Bob Mason, Argon Ventures
Bob is a Managing Partner at Argon Ventures, leading seed stage investments in Boston. He has been a Managing Partner at Project 11 Ventures and was previously part of the Techstars Boston team. His portfolio includes over 50 startups and access to a network of hundreds of founders. Before his career as an investor, Bob helped found and build industry-shifting businesses resulting in two successful public companies (ATG & Brightcove). He provided engineering and product leadership in support of the companies’ vision and strategy.
Josh Wachman, Deep1
Josh is a serial entrepreneur with a successful track record developing head-turning products and disrupting legacy businesses with tools that leverage AI. With a deep technical background and commercialization mindset, Josh founded and ran three award-winning startups. He earned Bachelors and Masters degrees from MIT where he studied at the Media Laboratory. Today Josh runs the AI cluster Deep1.org and invests and advises several seed stage deep tech startups via Nor’easter Ventures.
Nancy Saucier, BAE Systems
Nancy Saucier has more than 20 years of experience working with high growth technology companies and the venture capital and angel investment communities. She has extensive knowledge of start-up activity and strategy, venture capital, community and alliance development, and organization operations management. Nancy recently joined BAE Systems Inc. Tech Scouting and currently runs operations. Prior to BAE, she was Executive Director of Innovation & New Ventures at UMass Lowell and responsible for the River Hawk Venture Fund, technology transfer and all new venture and entrepreneurial programs focused on faculty, graduate student and post-doctoral staff innovation.
Interested in pitching during the Robotics / AI Shark Tank? Apply by following this link: https://venturecafecambridge.org/entrepreneurapp/