Artificial intelligence added to TC Sessions: Robotics event in partnership with UC Berkeley

What’s better than rubbing elbows with more than 1,000 of the world’s top roboticists at TC Sessions: Robotics + AI on April 18, 2019? The knowledge that these current and future influencers are going to want to rub elbows with you. All it takes to give you and your company top-of-mind awareness with this unparalleled audience is a targeted partnership with TechCrunch.

As they did last year, robotics founders, investors, engineers, and a large cohort of highly sought students will fill Zellerbach Hall for the TechCrunch/UC Berkeley co-sponsored event; millions more are expected to watch the day’s panel discussions, demos, interviews, and workshops once they are posted on

New for 2019 is an emphasis on AI, which has become inextricably linked to the field of robotics, raising a number of provocative questions in the process. As Kai-Fu Lee puts it in AI Superpowers: China, Silicon Valley, and the New World Order, “In an age of intelligent machines, what does it mean to be human?”

Pictured: Leila Takayama (UC Santa Cruz), Patrick Sobalvarro (Veo Robotics) and Ayanna Howard (Georgia Tech)

In year’s past, TC Sessions: Robotics turned to thought leaders such as Helen Grenier (CyPhyWorks), Marc Raibert (Boston Dynamics), Tye Brady (Amazon Robotics), Daniela Rus (MIT CSAIL), Deepu Talla (NVIDIA), Manish Kothari (SRI), Ken Goldberg (UC Berkeley), and Homayoon Kazerooni (UC Berkeley, Ekso Bionics) for answers to such questions. With the addition of artificial intelligence in the programming mix, the lineup of speakers for this year’s event is expected to be equally stellar, as the convergence of robotics and AI is creating unprecedented opportunities for technology companies, as well as a few existential challenges.

Partnerships created for TC Sessions: Robotics + AI include promotional opportunities for companies of all sizes, from robotics shops barely hatched from incubation to startups well into their second or third rounds of funding.

Taking the latter first, companies whose technologies are ready for prime time can claim one of two 20-minute Innovation Breaks, each of which will take place on the main stage during the course of the seven-hour programming day. Or sponsor one of several hour-long Breakout Sessions, which run concurrently with presentations on the main stage. Last year, the Breakout Sessions enjoyed high levels of participation, as attendees took advantage of the informal and intimate settings of these workshops, demos, and panel discussions.

Pictured: Skydio co-founder and CEO Adam Bry explaining how the team iterated from fundamental research to building a flying autonomous robot that anyone can use at a sponsored breakout session

Partners can also sponsor a number of social events, and one lucky advertiser will get to take over the TechCrunch homepage for the entire day. As for that up-and-coming robotics shop, TechCrunch has numerous affordable sponsorship options to choose from. To learn more about all of these opportunities, check out our deck. If you’re ready to speak to us about how your company can snag a partnership for this event, fill out this form and we’ll get in touch.

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