Robotics Connect 2018, Presented by Oracle

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Venture Cafe Kendall

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Cambridge, MA 02142

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Venture Cafe's Robotics and Artificial Intelligence (AI) mini-conference is taking place on September 27, 2018.

From ground, sea, and air, explore Boston firms solving real-world challenges and developing the robotics market. 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 and AI 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.


3:00 - 5:00PM Special Office Hours

4:15 - 5:15 PM Future of Robotics / AI, Presented by Oracle

5:00 - 6:00 PM Advancements In Robotics

5:30 - 6:30 PM Investing in A.I.

5:30 - 6:30 PM Robotics Demos & Info Tables

6:00 - 7:00 PM Robotics Flash Talks

6:15 - 7:15 PM Deep Machine Learning Talk

6:45 - 7:45 PM A.I. Tear Down

6:45 - 8:00 PM Robotics Shark Tank

1) Office Hours, 3:00 - 5:00

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.

Reservations will open on September 6th, 2018 and are booked on a first-come, first-served basis.

Meet our advisers:

  • Anders Bialek, Vice President, Corporate Development, irobot

  • Marc Mantell, Mintz Levin

  • David Clear, VP of Business Development, Vecna Robotics

2) Future of Robotics / A.I. Session, 4:15 - 5:15

  • Michael Gennert, Professor of Robotics Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute

  • Stephen Green, Director at Oracle Labs

3) Advancements In Robotics, 5:00 - 6:00 PM

In partnership with Draper Labs. More Details Coming Soon!

4) Investing In A.I., 5:30 - 6:30 PM

Hear from several experts on what they look for when investing in Robotics/AI startups. This panel will address popular methods of funding, as well as personal experiences from the investors featured. Moderated by Fady Saad of MassRobotics.

  • Moderator: Fady Saad, Co-Founder, MassRobotics

  • Sana Fathima, Investment Manager, Lockheed Martin Ventures

  • Wan Li Zhu, Partner, Fairhaven Capital

  • Steven Taub, Managing Director, GE Ventures

5) Robotics Demos & Info Tables, 5:30 - 8:00 PM

Venture Café Demos are a great way to gain exposure through our online and offline channels. During Robotics Connect, Venture Café will give a selection of the area’s Robotics & A.I. ventures an opportunity to showcase their product.

6) Robotics Flash Talks, 6:00 - 7:00 PM

Full Details Coming Soon!

7) Deep Machine Learning Talk, 6:15 - 7:15 PM

Adding machine learning and cognitive interactions to traditional business processes and applications enables greatly improved user experience and productivity. Learn about the successes and challenges in Machine Learning Research conducted by Oracle Labs and the techniques that are generally applied across all Oracle products and services. Oracle embeds ready-to-use AI and machine-learning capabilities across Oracle’s SaaS, PaaS, and IOT services, including cognitive AI, analytics, data services, IT management, and security operations.

  • Presenter: Stephen Green, Director at Oracle Labs will present a session as to the nuances of Deep Machine Learning.

8) A.I. Tear Down, 6:45 - 7:45 PM

Have you ever wondered how an app or online service works under the scenes? In this fun and interactive roundtable discussion, we will leverage our combined years of data science and application development experience to deconstruct any piece of technology that you are interested in.

  • Matt Taylor, Founder, OHMense

  • Matthias Keller, Chief Scientist & SVP of Technology, KAYAK

9) Robotics & A.I. Shark Tank, 6:45 - 8:00 PM

A selection of local robotics & A.I. entrepreneurs will pitch a selection of investors. It is a great platform to pitch, meet and build relationships with influencers in the robotics Industry.

Meet our Sharks:

  • Moderatore: Jeff Whelpley, Co-Founder & CTO, GetHuman
  • Sarah Hodges, VC, Pillar

  • Nicolas de Beco, Senior Director, Startup Ecosystems

  • Vivjan Myrto, Founder & Managing Partner, Hyperplane Venture Capital


With 430,000 customers in 175 countries, Oracle provides leading-edge capabilities in software as a service, platform as a service, infrastructure as a service, and data as a service. Oracle Global Startup Ecosystem offers programs that enable startups throughout all stages of their journey. Oracle Startup Cloud Accelerator is a residential program enabling early to later-stage startups with a more hands-on, co-working experience. Oracle Scaleup Ecosystem is a non-residential, virtual-style program designed for mature startups and venture capital and private equity portfolio companies to enable hypergrowth and scale. Learn more about Oracle and who we are.

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