Relay Gets Rockstar Treatment at Black Girls Code Robot Expo 2017

Move over Justin Bieber--Relay robot thrilled a packed crowd of very excited young technology enthusiasts this past week at the Black Girls Code Robot Expo in Dallas.

 The girls cheered and clapped as Relay came on stage and Savioke regional manager Rob Bueller brought robotics to life through an interactive demo and enthusiastic Q&A session. There were dozens of photo and video opps and individualized personal deliveries of BGC swag for a few lucky participants.

After the presentation, the girls got to see Relay up close--swarming and hugging him as he meandered around the campus.

BGC Robot Expo is a fun and captivating educational experience where girls learn about robots through hands-on activities using Lego WeDo and EV3 kits. The recent Dallas event, featuring the first live Relay robot demonstration for Black Girls Code, introduced the girls to more sophisticated robots and showed them real-world applications and uses for robotics.  

Black Girls Code, founded in 2011, is a global organization that introduces girls of color aged 7-17 to technical skills and careers. In 2012 - its first full year of programming - BGC engaged, educated and empowered 800 girls in 13 cities across the globe.

 Savioke is delighted to partner with Black Girls Code, a transformative global movement dedicated to providing girls of color with the skills and inspiration to become technology leaders of tomorrow. A big thank you to everyone at Black Girls Code Dallas for giving Relay such a warm reception. We hope to see you again soon!

Savioke CTO Tessa Lau Honored as a Silicon Valley Woman of Influence

We’re proud to announce that Tessa Lau, our CTO and Chief Robot Whisperer, has been named a 2017 Woman of Influence by The Silicon Valley Business Journal. Tessa will be honored at a gala awards ceremony on May 18th alongside the other winners of this award. The Silicon Valley Business Journal chose 100 women who are making an impact on their industries and communities from among hundreds of applicants. Winners hail from companies as diverse as Microsoft, PayPal, VISA, Habitat for Humanity and Cisco, as well as promising startups.

If you have a robot to be tamed, Women of Influence honoree Tessa Lau is the one to call
— Silicon Valley Business Journal

As much as we’re thrilled that Tessa has been recognized for her numerous achievements in robot-human interaction, artificial intelligence, and robot design, we’d also like to call out all the other incredible women on the Savioke team. In an era where Facebook has about 15% women in technology roles and Twitter has just 10%, Savioke already has nearly 30% women on its tech team - and we’re committed to moving up that needle. That’s why we actively participate in STEM education initiatives for girls, like the Black Girls Code event we’ll be attending with a Relay robot on May 20th.

We offer our congratulations to Tessa for her tireless work, excellent technical prowess, and inspirational leadership. Look out for more Savioke female tech team members to win such honors in the years to come!

Relay Goes Anime

Savioke’s Japanese Partner, NESIC, Brings Relay to Life With Wonderful Animations

Who knew Relay would ever be an anime star? New animations depicting our Relay robot in various use cases and applications have rolled out in Japan thanks to Savioke’s Japanese partner and distributor NESIC. Each animation shows Relay solving a real-world challenge --  whether it’s returning a child’s teddy bear lost in a hotel restaurant, to delivering snacks to weary executives in an all day meeting, Relay comes to the rescue - and, as the videos say, “Everyone loves Relay”.