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Marita Cheng

Technology Speaker, Founder of Robogals, Aipoly & Aubot

Marita Cheng is the founder and CEO of Aubot, which makes a telepresence robot, Teleport, for people with longterm illness or a disability to attend school or work remotely. Her hugely popular talks on artificial intelligence, robotics and entrepreneurship never fail to educate and enlighten.

Marita Cheng is the founder and CEO of Aubot, which makes a telepresence robot, Teleport, for people with longterm illness or a disability to attend school or work remotely.  Teleports have been sold to offices, museums, coworking spaces, for kids with cancer in hospitals and for security. She also founded Robogals in 2008 to encourage girls into science, engineering, technology and mathematics. Robogals has taught over 100,000 girls in 11 countries. Chapter universities include CalTech, Georgia Tech, Columbia University and Wellesley.

While attending Singularity University’s 10-week flagship Graduate Studies Program, held at NASA Ames in Mountain View in 2015, Marita co-founded Aipoly. Aipoly’s first application recognises objects in real time on a smartphone using convolutional neural networks and relays them to people who are visually impaired.  Since launching at CES in January 2016, Aipoly has twice won the CES Best of Innovation Award (in 2016 and 2017), is now available in 23 languages and has been downloaded over 500,000 times.

Marita has given over 350 speeches since 2012 in 15 countries including at the M.A.P. International CEO Conference in the Philippines in 2016, MIT Technology Review EmTech Singapore in 2015, and the 2014 World Entrepreneurship Forum in Lyon France. Her high-profile engagements have included appearing on Q&A on ABC beside two Nobel Laureates and the Chief Scientist of Australia (live TV audience of 600,000), and alongside Ashton Kutcher at Lenovo’s #TechMyWay (online audience 35,000).

Marita was born in Cairns, Queensland, Australia. She grew up in housing commission with her brother and single-parent mother, who worked as a hotel room cleaner. She graduated from high school in 2006 in the top 0.2% of the nation, and that year was awarded Cairns Young Citizen of the Year for her volunteering and extra-curricula efforts.

Marita has a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechatronics) / Bachelor of Computer Science from the University of Melbourne.  She has served on the Clinton Health Access Initiative’s Tech Advisory Board.

  • Robot Queen to Change the World
  • My bot, your bot, Aubot
  • What’s real with Artificial Intelligence?
  • Robogals: How artificial intelligence won’t take your job, but teen girls might
  • Entrepreneurship: How to start something from nothing

"We thank you so much for bringing your passion, talent and real-girl appeal to girls and our movement, through your participation on our panel. I know that people will be thinking and talking about the stories you shared, for a long time. You are a role model to so many! Despite the frenetic pace that Convention brings, it was an absolute pleasure getting to know and work with you. Your panel was certainly my convention highlight!" Girl Scouts of the USA

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