Andra Keay is the Managing Director of Silicon Valley Robotics, non-profit industry group supporting innovation and commercialization of robotics technologies. Andra is also founder of the Robot Launch global startup competition and a mentor and advisor to startups, accelerators and think tanks, with a strong interest in commercializing socially positive robotics and AI.
Andra cofounded Robohub, the global robotics research news site, building on her background in film, television and media production, internet and computing technologies, with degrees in Interaction, Communication and Human/Robot Cultural Studies. Andra also cofounded Robot Garden, a robotics makerspace and teaches Interaction Design and Theory.
Andra has a particular interest in understanding diversity and representation in robotics and AI and started the Women in Robotics community. Andra speaks regularly to international audiences on robotics/AI ethics, innovation, commercialization and interaction.
Why I Tech
Robots are really a reflection of what being human is. As such, I think we learn as much about ourselves when we build robots, as we do about technology.
My personal tech/IT-trend 2017
2017 is the year of social robots, the emergence of conversational computers and characterful devices.