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Roboat, more than a self-driving boat

Robot Makers, Chapter 1

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Welcome to the first webinar of our series Robot Makers.

This series explores with the innovators the journey, the challenges, and the enablers for robotics innovation. It provides an insight into each phase of a robotics business, from R&D spin out to a consolidated company. So, if you want to learn about robotics innovations, the people behind them, and their stories, this webinar is for you. Let’s get a deeper understanding of what the journey looks like for those who dare to create.

Our first guests are Joshua Jordan, Roboat Software Lead, and Ynse Deinema, Roboat Project Coordinator. Roboat is a battery-powered and fully autonomous boat that has been navigating through Amsterdam’s canals. Roboat aims to help cities find new ways to utilise their waterways, specifically urban transport. This is not just transporting people but with the modular Roboat design it can tackle a variety of other challenges such as urban waste logistics.

Having successfully completed system prototype demonstrations, Roboat is working towards spinning out as a company as well as continuing research in collaboration with MIT and AMS. This brings new challenges for the venture, as the project not only tackles its technical development cycles but also new external challenges, such as funding, regulation, partnerships, and other barriers to entry. Joshua and Ynse will help us explore this landscape.

In this webinar, you will learn:

  • What Roboat robot is
  • About the project and its journey
  • The challenges for companies during the spin-out phase.
  • Your opportunity to ask questions