Robotex International Conference: Generation R

The Most Epic Frontier Tech Executive Gathering

This is a safe haven for all the technical executives, architects and advocates to have pioneering discussion on applied robotics and the future of tech. We are bringing together some of the most innovative frontier tech doers (e.g. Google, NASA and a bunch of startups) and have them introduce the latest technologies — from Data Science and Conversational AI to Cyber Security and Space Tech. Meanwhile, we also want you to leave with one key idea: “Anyone, regardless of their age, is capable of shaping the future.” To demonstrate this, some of the speakers will be much younger than your average keynote.

Meet Our Speakers 2018

Cassie Kozyrkov

Chief Data Scientist at Google

As Chief Decision Scientist at Google Cloud, Cassie Kozyrkov advises leadership teams on decision process, AI strategy, and building data-driven organizations. She works to democratize statistical thinking and machine learning so that everyone - Google, its customers, the world! - can harness the beauty and power of data. She is the force behind bringing the practice of Decision Intelligence to Google and she has personally trained over 15,000 Googlers in machine learning, statistics, and data-driven decision-making. Before her current role, she served in Google's Office of the CTO as Chief Data Scientist. Prior to joining Google, Cassie worked as a data scientist and consultant. She holds degrees in mathematical statistics, economics, psychology, and cognitive neuroscience. When she’s not working, you’re most likely to find Cassie at the theater, in an art museum, exploring the world, or curled up with a good novel.

Ayesha Khanna

Co-Founder and CEO of ADDO AI

Ayesha Khanna is Co-Founder and CEO of ADDO AI, an artificial intelligence (AI) advisory firm and incubator. She has been a strategic advisor on artificial intelligence, smart cities and fintech to clients such as SMRT, Singapore's largest public transport company, SOMPO, Japan's largest insurance firm, and Smart Dubai, the government agency tasked to transform Dubai into a leading smart city. In 2017, ADDO AI was featured in Forbes magazine as one of four leading artificial intelligence companies in Asia and Ayesha was named one of South East Asia's ground-breaking female entrepreneurs by Forbes magazine in 2018. Ayesha is also the Founder of 21C GIRLS, a charity that delivers free coding and artificial intelligence classes to girls in Singapore.

Ayesha has been named one of Singapore's leading female entrepreneurs and a leading Asian fintech influencer by Fintech Asia. She has been published and quoted on technology, innovation and smart cities in The New York Times, BusinessWeek, TIME, Newsweek, Forbes and Harvard Business Review. Ayesha has a BA in Economics from Harvard University, an MS in Operations Research from Columbia University and a PhD in Information Systems and Innovation from the London School of Economics.

David Woessner

General Manager of Local Motors National Harbor Demonstration Facility & Head of Global External Affairs of LM Industries

David C. Woessner is the General Manager of Local Motors facility in National Harbor, MD, a
technology company that designs, builds, and sells vehicles. He is responsible for operations
of the educational, sales and demonstration facility located just outside of Washington D.C.

Starting his career at IBM, David has worked with Fortune 500 companies, private equity firms, and venture capitalist; served as Senior Advisor, for Jobs & The Economy for Mayor Duggan in the City of Detroit; was a managing principal at P3 Group’s Strategy Consulting practice; and spent 4 years at Deloitte Consulting in Strategy and Operations.

An expert in topics of globalization, localization and emerging technologies, David has written articles and white papers on mobility, connectivity and automotive technology hubs. David earned his MBA and MS in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology while serving multiple terms on the National Society of Black Engineers’ National Board of Directors.

He received his BA in Physics and German from Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Indiana. David enjoys playing soccer, basketball, coaching youth sports and mentoring young men. He fully embraces his German & Moroccan culture and the live, work and play model that National Harbor, MD has to offer.

Dennis Mortensen

CEO and Founder at

Dennis Mortensen is the CEO and co-founder of Dennis is an expert in leveraging data to solve enterprise use cases and a serial entrepreneur who’s successfully exited several companies on that theme. His long-term vision of killing the inbox led to the formation of and the creation of Amy + Andrew, artificially intelligent assistants who schedule meetings. He speaks frequently to anyone who’ll listen, from the crowds of Web Summit to his building’s doorman, about an optimistic future for AI, productivity, and the future of work. Dennis was also an accredited Associate Analytics Instructor at the University of British Columbia and the author ofData Driven Insights, on collecting and analyzing digital data. Originally from Denmark (and keeping his accent), Dennis is now a New Yorker for life.

Regina Nijima

Director of Singularity University Global Impact Challenges

Regina Njima is the Director of Singularity University Global Impact Challenges. In this role, she designs and executes incentive competitions aimed to foster moonshot innovations and startups that can solve the region’s, and perhaps the world’s biggest challenges. Prior to this, Regina had a successful career in Kenya while working for different organizations which include, the United Nations (UNESCO), Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB), Technoserve and the Ministry of Health, Kenya. Regina’s passion lies in the intersection of technology, innovation and entrepreneurship for socio-economic transformation.

Liviu Babitz

CEO and Co-Founder of Cyborg Nest

Liviu is the co-founder of Cyborg Nest, the world’s leading company to sell intelligently designed senses. There is more around us than we can perceive with our senses, so we
decided to start sensing some of it. In a world dominated by artificial intelligence created to make our phones, cars and homes smarter, we decided to make people smarter instead.
In his previous role, Liviu was the COO of Videre est Credere, lived undercover and built undercover networks of people who use technology to document human rights violations in
places where no one has access.

Jeanette Quinlan

Director of Business Development at Akash Systems

Jeanette Quinlan is Director of Business Development at Akash Systems. Prior to Akash Jeanette managed the US Operations of Starburst Aerospace Accelerator, connecting traditional aerospace primes with startups in the aerospace. Before joining Starburst in 2016 she spent over 10 years as an engineer in the satellite industry. Her experience includes analysis, design, testing, and on-orbit monitoring of RF and electro-optical satellites in LEO and GEO orbits. Most recently Jeanette spent nearly two years at OneWeb, where she was a part of the satellite engineering team from its time as a new startup through the early stages of the Joint Venture with Airbus. Prior to OneWeb, Jeanette was a Thermal Engineer at Space Systems Loral (SSL, now Maxar), working on the world’s top geosynchronous communications satellites. Her career began at ITT (now Harris) in Rochester, NY, working with optical systems for government contracts. Jeanette has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Rochester in Rochester, NY.

Henrique Jorge

Founder and CEO of ETER9

Who is it for?

Robotex International Conference brings together technical executives, architects and advocates, who are:

Involved in developing and implementing new solutions in applied robotics
Investing in a new generation of tech-savvy engineers and data scientists
Affecting change in policy and the legal framework
Looking to expand their world-view and get their geek on

What are we talking about?

Robotics, automation, machine learning and AI solutions are integral both to the public and private sector, not to mention education. That is why, Robotex International Conference 2018 will combine very different, yet still connected, talking points like: AI & Data Science, Cyber Security, Self-Driving Cars, Health Tech, Policy and Legal, Women in Tech, Conversational AI, Industry 4.0, Space Tech, Military Tech, STEAM education, Education and Entrepreneurship.

Big Ideas Stage

At the Big ideas stage, we’ll look at broad concepts with big impact, as well as topics such as Logistics, Industry 4.0, Data Science, Space Tech and Cyber Security, and give you the overview of what’s happening around the world, what’s coming in 5-10 years and how any of us could use those technologies.

Discussion Stage

At the Discussion stage you’ll have the chance to enter the discussion by asking questions from the ones on stage, as well as participate in a clinic format sessions where your problems will see the doctor who’ll fix them in an easy setting.

Workshop stage

At the Workshop stage all of us will learn how to build our first robot, or perhaps the avatar system that let’s us live in two places at the same time. Meanwhile, there will be many other sessions which give us other types of practical skills.

Big Ideas Stage

9:00 – Opening words

9:10 – TBA – Opening Keynote by Cassie Kozyrkov (Google)

9:40 – “Towards an Exponential Future” by Amir Banifatemi (X Prize)

10:10 – TBA by Arno Kütt (Cleveron)

10:40 – TBA by Ahti Heinla (Starship)

11:10 – “What’s the next disruption in mobility: Hyperloop, air taxis or something else?” by David Woessner (Local Motors)

11:40 – TBA by Kuldar Väärsi (Milrem)

12:00 – “Securing the digital transformation” by Lukas Schroth (Drone Industry Insights)

12:20 – TBA by Shane Curran (qCrypt)

12:40 – “The Good, the Bad, the Unknown” by Koen Maris (Atos)

13:00 – “Vulnerabilities Ex Machina: Threat Landscape in Robotics” by Bryson Bort (Scythe)

13:20 – TBA by Guy Philippe Goldstein (Expon Capital)

13:40 – “Robotics for Industry 4.0” by Bruno Siciliano (Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II)

14:10 – TBA by Ignacio Secades Riestra (Canonical Robots)

14:50 – TBA by Marko Russiver (Guaana)

15:10 – “Raving Fans theory” by Eliav Alaluf (Follow The Seed)

15:30 -“How are frontier tech solutions shaping emerging markets?” by Toro Orero (DraperDarkFlow)

16:00 – “Innovative Entrepreneurship and Accelerating Business Growth in Exponential Times” by Einstein Ntim (Ghana Tech Summit)

16:30 – “5 actions how Europe can win the global war for AI” by Fabian Westerheide (Asgard.VC)

17:00 – “Hacking your brain to get an extra sense, becoming a cyborg” by Liviu Babitz (Cyborg Nest)

Discussion Stage

10:40 – Discussion: “How to Design a Moonshot” with Amir Banifatemi and X Prize team

12:00 – Panel: What will be the future of logistics for both humans and things?

12:50 – Panel: When will drones and droids do all the military work for us?

13:40 – Panel: Is technology ever going to be safe?

14:30 – Panel: Building the Future State in Example of Estonia

15:20 – Panel: How will the manufacturing of 2030 differentiate from today?

16:10 – Panel: Is it really that hard to invest in AI, Robotics and Space Tech?

Workshop stage

10:10 –  Panel: “How to define problems and why do IT projects fail?” by Elisa

10:50 – “What is a prototype and how to use it within corporates?” by Elisa

11:30 – Elisa Corporate Challenge Workshop (max 30 people)

13:00 – Workshop: “Building data-driven cultures in global organizations” by Cassie Kozyrkov (Google)

14:30 – Avatar X Prize Mini Hackathon: “Living in Two Places at the Same Time.”

Big Ideas Stage

9:10 – Opening Words

9:10 – “Imagination, Desire and the Call of the Future” by David Delgado (Museum of Awe, NASA)

9:40 – “Hack-My-Sat: cyber-threats and the digital revolution in space” by Luca del Monte (ESA)

10:00 – “Democratizing Access to Space” by Emeline Paat-Dahlstrom (SpaceBase)

10:30 – “The Humanity of Space” by Troy McCann (Moonshot)

11:00 – “Communications in the Space Age” by Jeanette Quinlan (Akash Systems)

11:20 – TBA by Joseph Minafra (NASA)

11:40 – “Making Code Feel Real” by Kiki Prottsman (

12:00 – “Helping people make things with AI” by Ross Atkin and Akram Hussein (Smartibot)

12:20 – “New educational concepts: How to encourage educators to use them?” by Yu Hu (MakeBlock)

13:00 – “Octa – Travel Chatbot for Kids” – Zara Khanna (Octa)

13:20 – “Updating Education for the Future” by Taizo Son (Mistletoe/Vivita)

13:40 – “How not to cooperate with a tier 1 corporate” by Benedikt Knobloch ( and Manuel Koelman (PIRATE.Global)

14:10 – TBA by Markus Lippus (Mindtitan)

14:50 – “Seizing the Machine-Learning Opportunity” by Ulla Kruhse-Lehtonen (DAIN Studios)

15:10 – TBA by Moojan Asghari (Hacking House)

15:30 – TBA by Ayesha Khanna (ADDO AI)

15:50 – Seamless customer experience automation by combining virtual assistants with human support agents by Indrek Vainu (AlphaBlues)

16:10 – “Law, Ethics of AI, Robotics and Emergent Technologies” by Helen Tung (NewSpace Legal Futurist)

16:40 – “How to be an AI manager” by Dennis Mortensen (X.AI)

17:10 – TBA by Henrique Jorge (ETER9)

Discussion Stage

10:00 – Panel: What is Robotex? Where is it going? And why have 15+ countries adapted the program?

10:50 – Panel: How to apply AI in highly-regulated industries?

11:40 – Panel: How to make use of space technologies on Earth?

13:20 – Panel: How to train the next 1 million engineers, starting in kindergarten?

14:10 – Panel: How to educate the next 50000 entrepreneurs?

15:50 – Panel: What will it take to have more women-led frontier tech companies succeed?

Workshop stage

13:00 – Botato Wars – Building your first robot by Ross Atkin and Akram Hussein

15:20 – Presentations of Elisa Corp Challenge prototypes

16:00 – “What happens after the prototype is built?” by Elisa

When and where?

The Robotex International Conference 2018 will take place 30 November – 1 December in the unique space of Tallinn Creative Hub (Kultuurikatel) in the city centre.

Check out the accommodation offers from Robotex partners and use the promo code “Robotex” to get special deals during the summit.

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How about tickets?

Conference Passes are on sale now and prices will raise by the end of the summer!

Conference Pass will grant you access to the opening gala, 2-day access to the conference venue at Tallinn Creative Hub AND 3-day access to the competitions and expo venue at Tallinn Fairs Centre. It also gives you a chance to visit our satellite events.

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