Robots at your Service Comes to Amsterdam as Central Event of European Robotics Week 2016

Monday, November 14, 2016 Research News
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See the latest in humanoid robotics technology Free at Amsterdam's premier Robotics event. Exhibition, conference, hackathon, and more! Kids & adult workshops!

AMSTERDAM, Nov. 14, 2016 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Amsterdam will be the health-tech centre

of Europe when European Robotics Week – Europe's largest robot event – will have its central event – Robots at Your Service –a free event,  comes to the Marinebase in Amsterdam, Netherlands From November 18-22, 2016.

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Visitors will have the opportunity to discover how robots can impact the way we work, live, and learn in the future as well as participate in various free and paid workshops (kids and adults), debates, keynote speeches, panels and experience a variety of robots from vendors at the show. There will also be a hackathon on the weekend where participants will prototype robot and Internet of Things (IoT) applications powered by Big Data, AI, and Blockchain that can allow the elderly stay home and remain independent for longer – rather than enter care homes.

"As a result, we need to involve the public, young and old, in the discussion", noted Reinhard Lafrenz, Secretary General of euRobotics. "With a hackathon, multiple panel sessions and workshops, the future of elderly care will be shapen – at Robots at your Service."

Under this year's overarching title,Robots at your Service, event organisers have worked hard to show a glimpse of a future where robotics will be ubiquitous in everyday life.

"In the next 10 years more than 20% of Europeans will be 65 or over, with a rapid increase of over-80s. Caring for these people – physically, emotionally and mentally – will be an enormous undertaking and requires us to think in new ways, using exponential technologies such as robotics, IoT, artificial intelligence and 3D printing." said Jurjen Söhne – partner at Stichting Hackitarians, the organisers of the event. "My ambition is to apply technologies in ways that will increase human potential," he added.

The Opening – Amsterdam, the Netherlands

The opening on the 18th November will feature a number of dignitaries from The Netherlands, and EU officials from the European Commission and Parliament, who will welcome and present the ERW to members of the Dutch public. Presenting keynotes, Juha Heikkilä (Head of Unit, Robotics & AI at EC), Mady Delveux-Stehres (MEP), Bernd Liepert (CIO KUKA), Anne Bajart (Programme Officer at EC) and Aimee van Wynsberghe (Assistant Professor of Ethics and Technology at the University of Twente) will express their views for robotics developments and education in Europe. The opening will feature a demonstration of holographic Artificial Intelligence!

Two public talks are planned for the day focusing on Roboethics and Our Robotics Future. The "Roboethics" discussion will serve as a platform to outline some of the main developments in the ethical, legal, and societal aspects of robotics asking the question of how society is to deal with changing relationships with the robotics technology and what we can expect in the future. Dispelling myths about some of the fears people may hold, key experts from Europe will deliver an in-depth analysis of the role of robots in society. The day after public talks on women in tech and robots and elderly are planned. For the a detailed schedule and speakers

From Friday 18th till Sunday 20th November the robot exhibition will be available with the latest social, therapeutic and service robots and bots – including social humanoid Pepper, therapeutic robot Paro, KUKA LBR, PAL Robotics Tiago, Kompaï, 3D printed humanoids InMoov and PLEN2, and a humanoid exoskeleton (

The night of Friday the 18th November also sees the opening of the Hack for Healthy Ageing, an elderly-centric, 48-hour hackathon for designers, makers, coders, developers, data scientists, engineers, researchers, students, startups, caretakers, architects, entrepreneurs, or anyone else who believes their skill is valuable in tackling this societal challenge. During a 48-hour hackathon, multidisciplinary talents are going to prototype (ro)bot applications that allow the elderly to remain independent for longer.

Inclusivity is a key part of the event and young and old, boys and girls, will be able to experiment and interact with new technologies such as 3D printing in multiple workshops.

European Robotics Week

European Robotics Week (ERW) offers one week of various robotics related activities across Europe for the general public. The 2016 event is about translating the public's excitement for robots into valuable educational practice.  The central event provides a forum for dialogue on science-driven societal issues, which will help science-conscious citizens to make informed decisions.

ERW highlights the growing importance of robotics in various industries and applications – as well as focussing on the skills needed in science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM).

ERW was conceived with the desire of the European Robotics community to grow and bring robotics research and development closer to the public. More than 350,000 people across Europe have been part of ERW in its five years of existence.

About Stichting Hackitarians

We are The Hackitarians. We want to make the world a better place. By Hacking It. That is What We Do. We Design, Build and Run Hackathons

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