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Tuesday, March 17 • 11:00am - 4:30pm
Robot Petting Zoo

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The first ever SXSW Robot Petting Zoo brings out friendly ground & aerial robots for SXSW attendees to touch, operate, and even program. RPZ organizer the Field Innovation Team (FIT) and robot handlers will explain how robots have done - and have potential to do - incredible work in disaster before setting kindly humans loose to interact, learn, and play. Spatially-oriented humans will get to play with robots whose functions mimic those of humans. Humans wishing to slip the surly bonds of earth will meet robots who have flown above disasters to gather critical data. Humans interested in Macgyver-esque robots will meet robots that can serve many purposes, such as flying while 3D printing. Robot friends will learn about FIT's first ever Robot Petting Zoo in the migrant crisis on the US-Mexico border and will learn about the incredible promise for robots to do good in all manner of disasters and humanitarian crises. Come meet the many friendly robots that await your friendship at the Robotics Petting Zoo.
All Robot Handlers will give short presentations about their robots on a stage to an audience throughout the day. Schedule of presentations for Tuesday, March 17, is below. Be sure to check out March 15 and March 16th's Robot Petting Zoo schedule for other great presentations by a variety of roboticists.
11:00-11:15am BorgFest 1, 2
11:15-11:30am BorgFest 2, 3
11:35-11:40am Illumiloon
11:45am-12:00pm Halodrop
12:05-12:20pm Ozobot
12:25-12:40pm Double Robotics
12:45-1:00pm Matternet
1:05-1:20pm Reaction Housing
1:25-1:40pm Texas A&M CRASAR
1:45-2:00pm Gensler MUPPette
2:00-3:15pm BREAK
3:15-3:45pm Blabdroid
3:45-3:50pm FIT

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avatar for Desiree Matel-Anderson

Desiree Matel-Anderson

Chief Wrangler, Field Innovation Team
Desiree (Desi) Matel-Anderson is CEO and “Chief Wrangler” of the Field Innovation Team (FIT). Ms. Matel-Anderson is the first and former Chief Innovation Advisor at FEMA and Think Tank Strategic Vision Coordinator. During her tenure at FEMA, she led the first innovation team down... Read More →
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Rebeka Ryvola

Creative Dir, Field Innovation Team
Rebeka is passionate about applying “crazy” solutions to humanitarian challenges. As FIT’s Creative Director, she plans behind-the-scenes programming in and out of field deployments and explores ways to infuse FIT with new ideas, collaborations, and projects that further the... Read More →

Tuesday March 17, 2015 11:00am - 4:30pm CDT
JW Marriott Salon E

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