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special olympics connected with emptional learning  (hundreds of youth pitches on bring back partiipation spaces to communities) ; Leonsis universityofstars; yan's charity announced at brookings

bates walk - connected with cultures of peace

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Marita Cheng (born 5 March 1989) is the founder of Robogals. She was named the 2012 Young Australian of the Year.[3]She is the founder and current CEO of 2Mar Robotics, a start-up robotics company.[4]

Robogals is an international student-run organisation that aims to inspire, engage and empower young women to consider studying engineering and related fields. Its primary activity is interactive, engineering based workshops for girls aged between 8-18 (depending on location).[3] Robogals has chapters at 31 universities across AustraliaCanada, the United Kingdom, the United StatesJapanChinaSouth AfricaNew Zealand, and the Philippines. These chapters fall into three regions - Robogals Asia Pacific, Robogals EMEA (Europe, Middle East, & Africa), and Robogals North America.[4]

Robogals also run a range of other activities around this central theme. Past events have included a robotics competition (2008), a mass robot dance that attracted significant media coverage (2009), a robot artwork exhibition, science fair(2010), the Robogals Science Challenge (2012-) and the Robogals Challenge in the UK (2015-).

The organisation is predominately run by university student volunteers, including at the global headquarters in Melbourne, Australia with the Leadership Team of Robogals based around the world.

Robogals is funded through the support and partnerships with key engineering related companies around the world such as: Beck EngineeringTelstraModern Teaching AidsWorley ParsonsACADepartment of Defence (Australia) and AbiGroup.

Robogals' achievements have been recognised on an international level with the awarding of an Anita Borg Change Agent Award by the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology.[5] Robogals founder Marita Cheng was named the 2012 Young Australian of the Year.


Robogals was founded as a student club at the University of Melbourne in July 2008 by mechatronics engineering undergraduate student Marita Cheng, together with software engineering student Mark Parncutt and three other engineering and science students, Kelly Chiu, Ann Chee Lim and Vi Vu.[6] The idea initially came from efforts by one of Cheng's professors, Jamie Evans, to teach robotics at Lauriston Girls' School as a way to encourage more girls to study engineering.

Following its initial successes in Melbourne, the organisation was expanded throughout Australia in 2009 by inviting female engineering students from four more universities around Australia to a three-day "Bootcamp" at the University of Melbourne where they learned how to run a Robogals chapter back at their home university.[7][8] It is also helpful if the students have support from their faculty for establishing a Robogals chapter on their campus.[9] This process has been repeated several times since then Robogals has expanded to 31 universities worldwide as of 2015.


Engineering workshops[edit]

Robogals' primary activity is running engineering based workshops, either in schools or by having the schools visit the uni; the workshops are aim to inspire gender diversity in engineering by engaging girls and guys in a range engineering topics. These topics are selected by the volunteers running the sessions to reflect their own interest in the field. Robogals volunteers are university students, including male and female, who teach school girls the basics of engineering; an example of this is through the use of robotics and programming using LEGO Mindstorms EV3 and NXT kits. Lessons can range between 1 hour to a full day and can consist of multiple types of workshops.the robot to move, use the sensors and perform specific tasks.

The workshops are run by the local university chapter, which liaises with schools to arrange visits, and arranges for trained volunteers to run the workshops.

Community events[edit]

Robogals Melbourne held a Science and Engineering Expo in August 2010, partnered with National Science Week,[10] attended by girls schools and a few individual families.[11] In 2010, Robogals Perth went on an excursion to Kalgoorlie to demonstrate to school students as part of the seventh annual Science Awareness Festival by Scitech. In March 2011, Robogals London had a stall at the Big Bang Fair.[12]

In 2009, Robogals' Guinness World Record attempt for the 'largest robot dance'[13] received coverage on national television.[14] Over 300 dancers/students turned up at the event on 29 September 2009 at the University of Melbourne.[15]

The Robots Are Coming was an exhibition built by art and design students, held from 6–11 September 2010 of 5 life-size robots at a transportation hub in central Sydney.[16] The event functioned as street art, inviting pedestrians to reflect on 'the impact of technology in today's society'.[17][18] Over hundreds of thousands of pedestrians had lunch alongside the robots, or stopped to admire them.

2015 also saw the Robogals EMEA region join the BBC Tour across the UK [19]


The annual conference in each region, known as a SINE (Seminars Inducting New Executive-committees) brings together the organisation's executive committee members in a region, focussing mainly on training the new committee members; it is the primary means of expanding Robogals to new universities.[20] The meetings during the early Robogals expansion stages (in 2009 and early 2010) were called "Bootcamps", but since late 2010 have been called SINEs.

Past conferences have included:[21]

Upcoming conferences:

  • Robogals AP SINE 2016,

Organisational structure[edit]

Robogals Global (incorporated as Robogals Ltd[23]), based in Melbourne, Australia, is the parent body of the chapters. It was created to oversee and mentor all the chapters of Robogals, and to facilitate worldwide expansion plans. Robogals is divided into regions, each with several chapters.[24] The chapters operate as independent student clubs, with some degree of autonomy in deciding what activities to pursue, but must at the very least offer the core engineering workshop program in schools.

Robogals Asia Pacific, with chapters at Australian National UniversityTokyo Institute of TechnologyUniversity of AdelaideUniversity of MelbourneUniversity of New South WalesUniversity of NewcastleUniversity of QueenslandUniversity of Southern QueenslandUniversity of Western AustraliaUniversity of TasmaniaPeking UniversityXavier University - Ateneo de Cagayan and Monash University.
Robogals Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), formerly, UK & Europe, with chapters at Imperial College LondonLoughborough UniversityUniversity of BristolUniversity of CambridgeUniversity of ExeterUniversity of ManchesterUniversity of SouthamptonUniversity of St AndrewsUniversity of SussexUniversity of Leeds and University of Cape Town.
Robogals North America, with chapters at California Institute of TechnologyColumbia UniversityQueen's UniversityYork UniversityGeorgia Institute of TechnologyUniversity of Toronto and Wellesley College.

Key people[edit]

The founders of Robogals are Marita Cheng and Mark Parncutt; they also held the positions of Executive Director and Operations Director respectively until the end of 2012.

Between 2013 and December 2016, Nicole Brown held the position of Chief Executive Officer of Robogals Global; and in January 2017, Ami Pasricha became the third leader of the Robogals international community.

Currently the leadership team of Robogals consist of the following people:

  • Ami Pasricha- Chief Executive Officer
  • Caitie McClelland- Chief Development Officer
  • Akansha Kapoor- Chief Operations Officer
  • Sing Le - Chief Technical Officer
  • Shirin Dawood (Chief Financial Officer)
  • Chelsea Edmonds- Regional Executive Officer of Asia Pacific
  • Emily Heffernan- Regional Executive Officer of North America
  • TBC- Regional Executive Officer of Europe, Middle East, Africa

The Robogals Board of Directors consists of:

  • Lizzie Brown (Chair)
  • Fiona Borelli
  • Jamie Evans
  • Erin Kelly
  • Dayle Stevens
  • Mark Parncutt
  • Marita Cheng (Advisor)
  • Ami Pasricha (CEO)
  • Kiara Jackholme (Company Secretary)


2Mar Robotics is focused on building beautiful robots that help us in our everyday lives.

Making lives easier,
One robot at a time.

2Mar Robotics is focused on building beautiful robots that help us in our everyday lives. Based in Melbourne, Australia, the company aims to make robots accessible to everyone.

The company was founded in April 2013 by Marita Cheng, Young Australian of the Year 2012.

The Melbourne Accelerator Program at the University of Melbourne provided the initial grant to get 2Mar Robotics started. Funding and support has also been received from Tech23, the Victorian Government, and STC Australia.

Our first product, Teleport, is a telepresence robot. Teleport will reduce people's need to travel while being a low-cost robot that is accessible to many people. Teleport was launched at TEDxSydney on the Northern Foyer Stage at the Sydney Opera House on 21 May 2015.

In the future, 2Mar aims to combine Jeva and Teleport to create a telepresence robot with an arm attached.

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