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Robot Retreat ~ Rethinking Robot Startups

Erin Rapacki

Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 9:00 AM - Sunday, April 29, 2012 at 6:00 PM (PDT)

Robot Retreat ~ Rethinking Robot Startups

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Sunday 2pm Potluck & Pitch Competition Ended

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The Robot Retreat hosted by the RobotLaunchPad will be held at blackbox mansions April 28-29. A small group of movers and thinkers in the space of robotics, startups, design and culture come together for a weekend of provocative thought, with workshops, networking and great people. What will the next robots do? Who will use them? How does startup methodology apply to robotics?

We're also kicking the retreat off with an awesome party on Friday night at a secret location. Guest speakers AND a pitchfire competition to get things going! We're finishing off with an OPEN HOUSE POTLUCK AND PITCH COMPETITION at 2pm on Sunday April 29.


Saturday 28 April

  • Panel: What Is A Robot Product?
  • Panel: Lean Startup Methodology For Robotics


  • Panel: Design Thinking, How are Robots Different? ~ UX & HRI (Human Robot Interaction)
  • Panel: Cardboard Box Challenge ~ Discover a robot MVP (Minimum Viable Product) & invent a new business model.


Mixer/Evening Discussions


Sunday 29 April

  • Group Formation & Workshop, work together to craft your robot business ideas for a 5 minute pitch.
  • Open Discussion: What are next challenges? Creating a roadmap for robot startups. 

Lunch (for participants only)

  • Open House (starts at 2pm), friends and family are welcome to mingle and hear final pitche

We're inviting other roboticists to come and share the feast of ideas with an OPEN POTLUCK PARTY so you can enjoy the afternoon or continue developing robot startup strategies!

  • Final 5 minute pitch competition (public, including Open House attendees) 

19 Selby Ln
Atherton, CA 94027

Accommodation is available at blackbox at $65 per person but space is limited so book now!

Check the Airbnb listing for more details and don't forget to mention that you're at the robot retreat.

"blackbox mansion is an exclusive live+work space for entrepreneurs in the heart of Silicon Valley. They host regular events and workshops with serial entrepreneurs, experts and investors."

Have questions about Robot Retreat ~ Rethinking Robot Startups? Contact Erin Rapacki
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blackbox mansion
19 Selby Ln
Atherton, CA 94027

Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 9:00 AM - Sunday, April 29, 2012 at 6:00 PM (PDT)

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