Forbes 30 Under 30 roboticist and entrepreneur, Marita Cheng inspires people to lead through technology. While studying engineering at university, Marita founded Robogals, a global organization that inspires girls into engineering careers and tertiary studies 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! Through attending Singularity University’s 10-week Graduate Studies Program, Marita founded Aipoly, using AI to recognize objects in real time to help the visually impaired navigate the world, winning a CES Best of Innovation Award two years in a row! And then Aubot, where she currently serves as CEO, making telepresence robots and robotics arms that care and enable. Named one of Forbes World’s Top 50 Women in Tech and the youngest Member of the Order of Australia, Marita shows there are no limits.
These are actual headlines from national Australian newspapers. Learn how Marita Cheng went from a small-town girl living in government housing to conquering the globe as one of Forbes Top 50 Women in Tech in the World, and the second youngest person to become a Member of the Order of Australia (like a junior knighthood). Noticing the limited number of girls in her engineering class, at the age of 19, Marita founded Robogals to inspire girls into robotics, growing the organization into an international movement. She followed that up with artificial intelligence company Aipoly to help the blind identify objects in real-time, which resonated with millions of people. And robotics company Aubot, making robots to help people in their everyday lives. Hold on tight as pocket rocket Marita shares how she changed the world.
- The only failure is failure to try
- Do your best at what’s in front of you, and more opportunities will present themselves
- Solve real problems
- Keep it really simple