Entrepreneur magazine and more great events


RIGHT NOW! SF Drones Startup Meetup is on Wednesday July 24. SUSBEXPO is on Thu-Fri July 25-26. BASE event is on Tuesday Aug 1. Bots&Beer Meetup is on Wed Aug 7. Women in Robotics Picnic Sat Aug 24.


Silicon Valley Robotics and the Bay Area Science Festival are teaming up to bring the incredibly successful Robot Block Party to the masses that come to the festival every year. In keeping with the spirit of the Block Party, we’re going to create a Robot Zoo at Discovery Days, a free hands-on science day that attracts tens of thousands from across the Bay Area. The Robot Zoo will be a dedicated area for demonstrations, hands-on activities, and many roboticists and robot enthusiasts.

All Robots welcome – Whether it is for academic research, a school project, or a commercial or industrial robot. We’re hosting two robot zoos during the festival:

  • Saturday, 10/26 – Cal State East Bay – Hayward. The mini zoo will occur in front of the science building. Expected attendance is well over 10,000
  • Saturday, 11/2 – AT&T Park, San Francisco. The Robot Zoo will be in Willie Mays Plaza, the main entrance to the ballpark. We’ve featured FIRST Teams and the Stanford CARS Audi in this area in the past. Expected attendance is over 30,000.

Both events run from 11 AM – 4PM with setup opening at 8 AM.

A short registration form is here: http://www.bayareascience.org/robot-zoo/

We’re delighted to partner with the Bay Area Science Festival, to put on another robot block party – only BIGGER!

We expect this to be a great recruitment, promotional and outreach opportunity, attended by thousands of people who interested in robotics and engineering.

PLEASE express your interest in being part of the Bay Area Science Festival NOW!

Focus: Counsyl

Counsyl is an award winning genetic testing company, named one of Scientific American’s “Top 10 World Changing Ideas”. Counsyl practices innovation in every aspect of their work. Hence, robots.

“Instead of hiring a lot of scientists to work in our lab, we hired a director of lab automation (Kyle Lapham) who is building robots to run all our patient samples. As well as automating Counsyl’s systems, Lapham has worked on Prof Elizabeth Blackburn’s Nobel Prizewinning lab at UCSF.”

Video:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kLoXUEX4MaU. PLUS Counsyl are hiring.

Entrepreneur magazine features robots

Entrepreneur got in touch with Silicon Valley Robotics a few months ago and we’re delighted that so many Silicon Valley Robotics companies were represented in the 3 articles in Entrepreneur’s robot feature. From startups, Momentum Machines and Industrial Perception Inc, to all 4 personal service robot companies and 5 out of 8 of their commercialization focus.

Cutting Edge Startups Leading the Robotic Revolution

8 Companies Leading the Charge for Commercial Use Robotics

4 Personal Use Robots Available Now

Silicon Valley Robotics is the association for individuals and organizations involved in robotics, founded by members like Adept, Bosch, SRI International and Willow Garage. There are many benefits to membership, including network events like the Robot Block Party. If you’re interested in creating a custom partnership, please contact us directly.


SF Drones Startup Meetup

Special talk on Velodyne’s Lidar for drones from Wolfgang Juchmann.

Software & Robots

Join us at Microsoft SF on August 1 for another (sold out!) evening with the Bay Area Software Engineers meetup.

Speakers include Rich Mahoney, SRI; Ian, Bot&Dolly; Tully Foote, OSRF; John Dulchinos, SVR; Bruno Terkaly, Kinect/Microsoft.

We’re still looking for food sponsors (who can recruit/publicize).

Demo at Robot Zoo

Silicon Valley Robotics is partnering with the Bay Area Science Festival to have another block party (or two). We’ll host the Bay Area’s first ever Robot Zoo during the festival’s very popular Discovery Days.


Sign up to exhibit on November 1st at AT&T Park in SF or on October 26 at Cal State East Bay.



The Small Unmanned Systems Business Expo will be held in SF on July 25-26 and features speakers, Chris Anderson, Patrick Egan, Chad Partridge, Gene Robinson, Dr Jerry Lemieux, Rory Paul.

Women in Robotics Picnic Day

Join us on Saturday August 24 in a summer potluck to celebrate women in robotics.

Now at Shoreline Park, Mountain View. Kites optional. Robots not. 🙂

RoboBusiness 2013

The premier business development event for the global robotics industry, will be held in Santa Clara on October 23-25, 2013. We’re developing some extra events featuring local investors, robot startups, and pitch events.

SVR Board Meeting from left; Ben Pitzer, Bosch; John Dulchinos; Rich Mahoney, SRI International; Andra Keay, Silicon Valley Robotics; Steve Cousins, Willow Garage; Jan Becker, Bosch.For more information about Silicon Valley Robotics, please visit ourwebsite or download our PDF Flier.
See our calendar for more events. And stay tuned for open calls for startups. It’s going to be a very exciting year!We’re starting a series of startup focussed ‘office hours’ and speaker events, PLUS holding another investor showcase in the lead up to RoboBusiness 2013.