Everyone wants a piece of our next speaker, Forbes 30 Under 30, roboticist and entrepreneur, Marita CHENG inspires
people through the possibilities of technology.
Marita founded Robogals, a global organization that inspires girls about engineering careers through teaching girls robotics. For her work with Robogals, she was named the 2012 Young Australian of the Year and received an Asia Society Game Changer Award at the United Nations !
Marita then founded Aipoly, creating AI technology for the blind, winning a CES Best of Innovation Award two years in a row!
And then Aubot, making robots that care and enable.
Named one of Forbes World’s Top 50 Women in Tech and the youngest Member of the Order of Australia, please join me in welcoming Marita CHENG !
Marita is often invited to speak at a range of conferences, corporate functions, organizations and schools. Marita CHENG can talk about
her work in robotics and AI and how those industries will impact the future of work, specific robots she has built and the creative process her team uses to
dream up and build new robots, inspire crowds about her story of growing up in a migrant family in Cairns and how she came to where she is today, how she built Robogals into a
global movement, or even just speaking about careers in engineering and why it is a career path that all young students should consider !
Speaking Topics :
"Robot Queen to Change the World"
My bot, your bot, Aubot
What’s real with Artificial Intelligence?
Robogals: How artificial intelligence won’t take your job, but teen girls might
Entrepreneurship: Engineering something from nothing
Marita CHENG has worked with many of the world's most successful companies
GOOGLE - SAMSUNG - CISCO - GE - UNILEVER - SHELL - HP - SKODA - DELL - KPMG - QANTAS - THALES - COGNIZANT...
Marita's presentation was fantastic. She is an inspirational, intelligent, highly informed yet humble young woman. So highly deserving of Young Australian of the Year along with her other accolades.
Marita took on the role of moderator for the artists to audience discussion after each performance of the Android-Theatre show Sayonara at Arts Centre Melbourne. She was very comfortable on stage and in the spotlight and her delightful personality put both the speakers and the audience members immediately at ease. Her passion and knowledge for the topic of robotics shone through and her skill at steering the conversation and engaging the audience was excellent. She understood the breadth of the work and subtly balanced the discussion to encompass a range of areas incorporating humour and philosophy alongside science and performing arts.
Arts Centre Melbourne
Marita as a person is the complete package - young, intelligent, pretty and modest. As a speaker, she is warm, interesting and engaging. She was able to capture her audience's attention by her message of overcoming obstacles, living her dream and working hard to achieve her goals. She is an inspirational lady who has so much potential to grow into an important leadership role in future.
You had the audience totally absorbed as you spoke so eloquently about the challenges you have faced and the leadership you have shown in getting so many volunteers to work for Robogals, not only in Australia but also overseas. We had many favourable comments from the various architects, project managers, quantity surveyors, builders and building surveyors who attended on the night, all saying how inspirational they found your story! A number of our engineers have been re-motivated to offer to talk at schools and mentor younger engineers. Thank you very much for your wonderful talk about Robogals and your own journey to becoming the Young Australian of the Year.
What an amazing keynote delivered via teleport Robot from San Francisco. The audience were captivated when Marita remotely manoeuvred the Robot around the room during a live Q&A at the conclusion. Marita Cheng is a remarkable young Australian entrepreneur improving the lives of so many people through the use of technology and innovation. Marita is an outstanding role model for young women considering a career in Engineering.
Marita CHENG is an accomplished, smart and energised young person. At such a young age she has combined academic valour and entrepreneurial spirit with a large dollop of philanthropic value. Her work with Robogals is such a proactive way to get young kids excited about the sciences. I am confident that such interventions will help increase the representation of women in fields such as engineering. Marita spoke at our company's all-of-staff briefing about her journey and every soul present left inspired and impressed! Marita is an exceptional public speaker, drawing on both her background and personal experience to tell a very interesting story, made much more digestible by her humble disposition. I would recommend her to any organization or entity that wants to promote concepts such as individual leadership and innovation.
Thank you so much for coming to speak to our students yesterday. There has been a real buzz around the school since your talk… amongst both teachers and students. Your story is fantastic, your flair with "getting things done" is admirable. And, don't forget to be PM sometime as well. You could do it.
Marita CHENG was the keynote speaker at NAWIC Victoria/Tasmania's International Women's Day half day forum in 2012. She spoke about her love for engineering as well as for Robogals, for which helped secure her as the award winner of the 2012 Young Australian of the Year. Marita is young and ambitious and yet humble in her approach to life which makes her for a great mentor and role model for other young women not just considering engineering as a career but for young adults in general. Marita's strong initiative, drive and determination comes through in everything she does. NAWIC Victoria/Tasmania Council commend her and support her in her efforts! If you are looking for a motivational speaker...look no further.
National Association of Women in Construction
The feedback from our guests has been extremely positive. The mix of views from the panel was a recipe for such interesting discussion. You showed yourself to be a mature, intelligent woman and I have no doubt you are and will continue to be a role model for women of all ages.
Marita was fantastic! Her story was touching and inspirational. The girls loved the speech and although they didn't have many questions for Marita, they were full of questions back in the classroom. Her visit has generated a real buzz and as a result, our Year 7 girls will be heading to Melbourne University in a few weeks time for a 'Robogals' session. Please thank Marita again and I look forward to hearing about all the wonderful things she is doing.
Haileybury Girls Middle School
Q&A panel, with a live tv audience of 500,000 people.
From left: Peter Doherty, Nobel Prize Winning Immunologist; Marita Cheng; Brian Schmidt, Nobel Prize Winning Astrophysicist