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MassRobotics Newsletter,March 24, 2022
In celebration of our 5th anniversary, MassRobotics was honored to host Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh. Secretary Walsh joined Ira Moskowitz CEO, Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) Institute, Elisabeth Reynolds, Special Assistant to the President for Manufacturing and Economic Development at the National Economic Council, Julie Shah, Professor at MIT and author of What to Expect When Expecting Robots and our own Tom Ryden on a panel to discuss the impact of automation, and the robotics industry’s contribution to productivity, competitiveness and job creation.  That was followed by talks from two young women who went through our Jump Start STEM program about their experiences and desire to have careers using robots. 
Read more about the event here. See the full recording in our blog post
What we are reading
The great robot awakening: Mobile machines take over the supply chain - read more here
Real-world robotic-manipulation system - read more here
The ElliQ eldercare robot is finally available - read more here
Top 10 companies which got robotics funding in the first quarter of 2022 - read more here
MassRobotics residents in the news
International Fabric Machine
A recent publication in Nature features the world's first fabric microphones. International Fabric Machines is a MassRobotics resident working to scale this exciting technology. Learn more here
Activ Surgical 
Activ Surgical have closed a $15M round of financing led by Hikma Ventures. The investment extends Activ Surgical's Series B round, which was announced in September 2021. Learn more here
InOrbit
InOrbit Adds Data Backfill to Robot Operations Tools - learn more here
Upcoming Events
April 7, 2022: 2pm-5pm EDT: ROBOSOURCE
Location: District Hall - 75 Northern Ave, Boston
RoboSource is an exhibition highlighting our Associated Network and Partners who are suppliers, manufacturers, service and solution providers in the robotics and hardware prototyping space. This event will introduce you to a network of resources focused on helping grow and scale hardware intensive companies - Learn more here
May 11 at 5pm-7pm: MassRobotics is hosting a Technical Career Fair at the conclusion of the Robotics Summit and Expo. If you are a hiring company and would like a table at the career fair, please contact us for pricing and more information. Registration for candidates here
May 10 - 11: The Robotics Summit & Expo
A multifaceted educational forum and expo dedicated to addressing the issues involved with the design, development, manufacture and delivery of commercial robotics and intelligent systems products and services. The program of keynotes and general sessions are designed to provide professionals the information they need to successfully develop the next generation of commercial robotics systems.
Information and registration here. Use 40% discount code: MASSROBOTICS40 - good thru the end of April.
April 6: E-ROBOT PRIZE DEMO DAY happening 
The E-ROBOT Prize Demo Day on April 6, 2022.  At the live virtual event, eight finalist teams will vie for a piece of the $2 million prize pool as they debut their innovative building retrofit technologies. Register now for this interactive session, featuring keynote speakers and team meet-and-greets.
Opportunities
The startup competition for Automate on June 7 is now accepting applicants through the end of March. The event is sponsored by Cowen Inc.  They will be selecting 10 finalists. The criteria for entry are:
  • Operates in the automation space (robotics, vision, motion control, AI).
  • Has been founded in the last five years.
  • Has raised less than $5 million USD since creation.
  • Not be affiliated with or belonging to a larger enterprise or association.
Apply here
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