Women in Technology Advocate
2018 Tasmanian Award Winner
Marita Cheng is Young Australian of the Year 2012; listed on Forbes 30 Under 30 2016; and the founder and CEO of aubot, which makes telepresence robotic arms for kids with cancer in hospital to attend school, people with a disability to attend work, and to monitor and socialise with elderly people. In 2015, Marita attended Singularity University's 10-week flagship Graduate Studies Program. While there, she cofounded Aipoly. Aipoly's first application recognises objects in real time on a smartphone using convolutional neural networks and relays them to people who are visually impaired. Since launching at CES in January 2016, Aipoly has been downloaded over 500,000 times and has been translated into 23 languages. Prior to that, Marita founded Robogals, which encourages girls into engineering careers and tertiary studies, and has taught over 70,000 girls’ robotics workshops.