Women In Robotics Online

Inclusive Robotics Unconference


Apr 10


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Saturday, Apr 10, 2021
12:00pm - 2:00pm PDT

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Robotics can improve the world, but the robotics industry needs improving. First, we need many more people to get involved. Celebrations of robotics like the US National Robotics Week coming up on April 3-12 aim to increase the number of people (particularly women and underrepresented groups) aspiring to careers in robotics. But we lose women and minorities from the field faster than we add them. So until we’ve addressed the underlying reasons why robotics lacks diversity, while other fields have changed significantly, until we’ve developed an actionable agenda, then we won’t have an inclusive robotics industry. 

An inclusive robotics industry will be more innovative, but it is harder to achieve. Let’s continue working towards this goal by coming together for an unconference to:

  • Share our stories
  • Find common ground
  • Explore the issues
  • Relate successes and best practices
  • See what works in other places


An unconference is a participant-driven meeting, organized, structured and led by the people attending it. There are no powerpoints, no speakers, no preset agenda. You have the mic.

We will frame the unconference as two rounds of zoom breakout rooms.

  • 12pm - 12.15pm Welcome, introduction to unconference format, topic ideas collected
  • 12.15-12.45pm Participants join the breakout rooms that interest them (or move between rooms)
  • 12.45pm - 1pm Rooms report back to the group
  • 1pm - 1.15pm Topic ideas collected
  • 1.15pm-1.45pm Participants join the breakout rooms that interest them (or move between rooms)
  • 1.45pm-2pm Rooms report back to the group
Data shows that while large numbers of women entered many other professions in the 1970s and 1980s there was a reduction in the number of women entering computer science and engineering. This rate of entry continues to lag to this day. Data also shows that women entering the workforce in computer science and engineering leave at a rate 2-3 times higher than men. (US centric figures but trends align across most other places)

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