Managing Director | Silicon Valley Robotics
Andra Keay is the Managing Director of Silicon Valley Robotics, non-profit industry group supporting innovation and commercialization of robotics technologies. She is also founder of the Robot Launch global startup competition and a mentor, investor and advisor to startups, accelerators and think tanks, with a strong interest in commercializing socially positive robotics and AI, shared on “The Robot State” site. Keay also cofounded Robohub, the global robotics research news site, building on her background in film, television and media production, internet and computing technologies, with degrees in Interaction, Communication and Human/Robot Cultural Studies. In addition, she cofounded Robot Garden, a robotics makerspace and teaches Interaction Design and Theory. Keay has a particular interest in understanding diversity and representation in robotics and AI, and started the Women in Robotics community. She speaks regularly to international audiences on robotics/AI ethics, innovation, commercialization and interaction.