Invest, Innovate, Implement

October 15-17, 2014

Hynes Convention Center
Boston, MA

Special Events


Wednesday, October 23, 2013

RoboBusiness 2013 is proud to introduce the startups Pitchfire, organized by Silicon Valley Robotics. This high-energy event is a rapid-fire blitz of what’s on the horizon for robotics. A panel of VC judges will listen to and comment on participating startups' business concepts, delivery and prototypes. The winner will receive free access to all conference sessions, an interview with Robotics Business Review's startups columnist, as well as a private consultation with an industry luminary. All conference attendees are welcome and encouraged to watch the competition unfold. After all, the winner might not be the only one leaving with a good investment.

Please Note: All pitching slots are full. If you cannot attend the full conference but would like to watch this event, register for the Pitchfire Pass:

$50 Pitchfire Pass Offer

Pitchfire Pass includes:

  • Pitchfire event with the chance to pitch your product in front of VC judges
  • Show Me the Money Networking Reception in Sponsor Showcase

Meet the Judges

Renaud Champion, Partner, Robolution Capital

Sven Strohband, Partner and CTO, Khosla Ventures

Jan Westerhues, Investment Partner, Robert Bosch Venture Capital GmbH

Jeremy Conrad, Founding Partner, Lemnos Labs

The 2013 Game Changer Awards

Honoring Those Who Dare To Push Robotics – And Us – Forward

The Game Changer Awards are designed to honor the robotics industry's remarkable technical accomplishments and their makers. Please join us this October at RoboBusiness 2013 for a special ceremony to present this year’s Game Changer Awards and get an insider’s look at the preeminent ideas percolating up through robotics technology and the inspired engineering driving the industry. 

Sponsored by Robotics Business Review, the Game Changer Awards for 2013 will recognize robotic products that demonstrate outstanding advancements towards a variety of specified technology goals. Access to the awards entry site will be made available soon. Screening of all nominees, finalists and winners will be conducted by a panel of expert judges from the research and development field as well as the investment community. Winners will be announced during the conference program on Wednesday, October 23. 

Meet the Judges

Dr. Yoseph Bar-Cohen, Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL), California Institute of Technology, United States

Prof. Marco Ceccareli, University of Cassino and South Latium, Laboratory of Robotics and Mechatronics (LARM), Italy

Prof. Chrystopher L. Nehaniv, Adaptive System Research, University of Hertfordshire, UK

Prof. Andrey V. Savkin, University of New South Wales, Australia

Sven Strohband, CTO, Khosla Ventures, Menlo Park, CA, United States

Prof. Antonio Visioli, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, University of Brescia, Italy

Jan Westerhues, Investment Partner, Robert Bosch Venture Capital, GmbH, Frankfurt, Germany

Prof. Chen YangQuan, Mechatronics Embedded Systems & Automation (MESA Lab), University of California, Merced, United States