The Robotex Technology Conference takes place November 24 - 25, 2017

This year’s conference focuses on the following topics:

• Talents and STEAM – the future of work
• Innovations in Space Tech – no longer just science fiction
• Ethics in Technology – will AI take over the world?
• Future of Robotics and AI – let’s talk about Deep Tech

New technologies are created daily that change the way we interact, learn, work, and live. With initiatives like SpaceX and Space Nation, space travel and tourism are becoming more tangible. The line between human and machine is becoming increasingly blurred. How to navigate the ethical dilemmas of responsibility and accountability when developing AI? What does the future of robotics and AI look like?

We invite you to come hear a number of exciting international and local speakers and take part in the discussion! The conference working language is English.

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Conference Program and Ticket Info

09:30-10:20 Registration, morning coffee and networking @ Prototron meeting area
10:20-10:40 Conference opening, greetings
10:40-12:30 Talents and STEAM – the future of work
  Traditional jobs are being taken over by automated systems and robots. This has led to the creation of new jobs, which require a completely different set of skills. Companies, that wish to survive in the competitive market place, must be quick to adapt to meet the customers’ needs. The need for talented workers, who are capable of supporting innovation and creating new technologies, is vast. Where to find these talents? How to support them, so they can reach their full potential?
10:40-11:30 Key Note speeches:
Roya Mahboob (CEO of Digital Citizen Fund)
Yu Hu (Director of Makeblock EU branch)
11:30-12:30 Panel discussion: „How to find talented workers?“
Moderator: Hans Lõugas (Editor-in-chief of Genius portal)Panelists: Tiina Saar-Veelmaa (Proekspert, Workplace Happiness Advocate), Russ Fisher-Ives (RoboRave), Yu Hu (Makeblock), Maria Magdaleena Lamp (Jobbatical), Roya Mahboob (Digital Citizen Fund)
12:30-13:30 Lunch and networking @ Prototron meeting area
13:30-14:55 Innovations in space technology – no longer just science fiction
  Thorough research of the solar system has paved the way for new ambitious plans in space travel and space tourism. Companies in the private sector are looking for ways to expand business outside of our atmosphere. If we are indeed destined to inhabit more than one planet, when can that happen? What are the technologies needed and how far are we from building them?
13:30-13:55 Key Note speech:
Jaan Praks (Aalto University, Head of Satellite Project)
13:55-14:55 Panel discussion: „Could we really move to space?“
Moderator: Hans Lõugas (Editor-in-chief of Genius portal)Panelists: Mart Noorma (UT), Rauno Gordon (TTU), Jaan Praks (Aalto Uni)
14:55-15:00 Summary of the first conference day
15:00-17:00 Networking @ Prototron meeting area
10:00-10:30 Morning coffee, networking @ Prototron meeting area
10:30-12:20 Ethics in technology – will AI take over the world?
  Every technological breakthrough causes several ethical issues, both for the creator and the consumer. How far are we from creating a superior AI that no longer needs the human component? Who is responsible for the actions of an autonomous system? How to make sure that the systems we create share humanities morals and values? Is that even possible?
10:30-11:20 Key Note speeches:
Jim Dratwa (Head of the European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies)
Margit Sutrop (Head of the Centre of Ethics, UT)
11:20-12:20 Panel Discussion: „The biggest challenges in developing safe and ethical AI“
Moderator: Allan Aksiim (Foundation Future Technologies)
Panelists: Margit Sutrop (UT Centre of Ethics, Head), Jim Dratwa (The European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies, Head), Hannes Vallikivi (Managing Partner of Derling Law Firm, President of the Estonian Bar Association)
12:20-13:20 Lunch and networking @ Prototron meeting area
13:20-15:10 Future of Robotics and AI – let’s talk about Deep Tech
Most startups today define themselves as technology startups, but they use technology that is commonly available and easy to replicate. Deep Tech companies, however, are built on solutions that are unique, often hard to replicate, and tied to technological or scientific advances. So how does all this relate to the future of robotics and AI? What are investors looking for in Deep Tech startups? What is the real impact of Deep Tech on segments like autonomous systems, robotics, smart home/cities, clean tech and other emerging application areas?
13:20-14:10 Key Note speeches:
  Priit Ivanov (Hansab Group, Chief Innovation Officer)
Renno Reinurm (Pipedrive, Senior automation and tools engineer)
14:10-15:10 Panel discussion: „ How to support the creation of more Deep Tech companies?”

Moderator: Rao Pärnpuu (Tallinn Ambassador of City.AI)
Panelists: Kristjan Korjus (Starship Technologies), Priit Ivanov (Hansab Group), Philip Jungen (Angel investor), Renno Reinurm (Pipedrive)

15:10-15:30 Closing of the conference
15:30-17:00 Farewell and networking @ Prototron meeting area
Conference 1-day ticket price (either 24.11 or 25.11) 49 EUR
Conference 2-day ticket price (after November 1, 2017) 99 EUR
Conference (2 days) and Key Note Dinner ticket price

Exclusive opportunity to spend an evening with the Key Note speakers of the conference, while enjoying a 3-course dinner in one of Tallinn’s excellent restaurants.

299 EUR

Speakers

ROYA MAHBOOB

ROYA MAHBOOB

CEO and President of Digital Citizen Fund, Bright Citizen (Coffee& Tea) and EdyEdy

YU HU

YU HU

Director of Makeblock Europe B.V., subsidiary of Makeblock Co. Ltd.

JAAN PRAKS

JAAN PRAKS

Project director for Aalto Satellite Project, Aalto University

JIM DRATWA

JIM DRATWA

Head of the European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies

MARGIT SUTROP

MARGIT SUTROP

Head of the Centre for Ethics, Tartu University

PRIIT IVANOV

PRIIT IVANOV

Head of Innovation and Development, Hansab Group

RENNO REINURM

RENNO REINURM

Senior automation and tools engineer, Pipedrive

KRISTJAN KORJUS

KRISTJAN KORJUS

Head of Computer Vision and Perception, Starship Technologies

RUSS FISHER-IVES

RUSS FISHER-IVES

Director of Global Programs, RoboRAVE

HANNES VALLIKIVI

HANNES VALLIKIVI

Managing Partner of Derling Law Firm, President of the Estonian Bar Association

TIINA SAAR-VEELMAA

TIINA SAAR-VEELMAA

Workplace Happiness Advocate, Proekspert

RAUNO GORDON

RAUNO GORDON

Head of TTU Mektory Space Centre, Tallinn University of Technology

MART NOORMA

MART NOORMA

Research Group for Space and Military Technologies, University of Tartu

MARIA MAGDALEENA LAMP

MARIA MAGDALEENA LAMP

Marketer at Jobbatical

PHILIP JUNGEN

PHILIP JUNGEN

Angel investor, focus on AI, IoT and FinTech

MAARJA KRUUSMAA

MAARJA KRUUSMAA

Tallinn University of Technology, Head of Centre for Biorobotics

Cooperation with

European Robotics Week
startup estonia
roborave