Even robots know how to have fun at the Robot Block Party in Oakland

Silicon Valley Robotics joins forces with Circuit Launch to showcase some of the latest robotics technologies in a hands-on deeptech co-work and classroom space. 

The Silicon Valley Robotics’ Robot Block Party is an annual tradition in the Bay Area during National Robotics Week. Now in its 14th year, this year’s Block Party will showcase plenty of robot demos, including programmable STEM robots, highly-sensitive robotic arms for use in manufacturing, and one of Boston Dynamic’s famous quadruped robots, SPOT. 

This year’s exhibitors are showcasing new and future applications of robotics, including as a component of art installations! One of this year’s exhibitors has built a robot to facilitate the reuse of wood-waste from construction sites, transforming it into premium lumber. Another is developing underwater swarm robots to help busy shipping ports protect marine ecosystems. And yet another is showcasing the future gym, a VR robotics system that merges physical fitness with online gaming. As we do every year, we’ll have some great educational experiences for children, and hardware developer platform Ubo will be hosting a hackathon.

The Robot Block Party is like an adult science fair, and children are welcome too! The event is free and open to the public; while it provides the robotics community a chance to get together and socialize, it is also a great opportunity for the broader community to learn about the latest developments in robotics happening right in their backyard.  

Startups and companies showing off include Ethereal Matter, E-Liza Dolls, Sensible Robotics, Unseen Identity, Intrinsic.ai, Berkeley Marine, Robojuicer, Foxglove, FLX Systems, EandM Engineering, HEIDENHAHN, Viam, Kickstarter, InOrbit, OhmniLab and Merklebot. AILife.ai is demonstrating their newest development, “Virtual Robot.” And of course no party would be complete without the Homebrew Robotics Club, which arose out of the ashes of the Homebrew Computer Club. Damaris Davis (aka Engineering Chick), one of the club members, has, with the help of her daughter, built several 3D printed humanoid robots. 

Of course Circuit Launch itself is home to 68 deeptech startups as well. Some are still in stealth mode, but there’ll be no shortage of things to do, including enjoying the Brazilian BBQ lunch and Bliss Pops. And if you are wondering how to get started in robotics, there’s a career fair at the Robot Block Party from 10-12 and you can sign up for the brand new Mechlabs.io courses! It’s not too late to Bring Your Own robot — RSVP at https://robot-block-party.eventbrite.com!



Andra Keay (925) 960 3090 andra@svrobo.org OR

Betsy Masiello (925) 289 9301 betsy@proteusstrategies.com 



National Robotics Week runs from April 8 to April 16, 2023

The mission of National Robotics Week (RoboWeek) is simple — to inspire students in robotics and STEM-related fields and to share the excitement of robotics with audiences of all ages.




Silicon Valley Robotics (SVR) supports innovation and commercialization of robotics technologies. 

SVR is a non-profit robotics accelerator and industry association started by the robotics community in 2010. From the initial 30 companies from 2010, SVR now works with around 300 robotics companies and startups in the SF/SV Bay Area. The Bay Area region is home to the largest cluster of venture backed robotics companies in the world. 




Circuit Launch is a micromanufacturing facility for electronics hardware and robotics companies. 

Circuit Launch members span from hobbyists, inventors, artists, startups to global companies. Members share biolab and manufacturing spaces in 31,000 sq ft Oakland cowork community. 



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