All posts by Marita Cheng

ABC Facebook

One of our customers, Missing Schools, received national coverage via ABC News.  Here is the coverage shown on Facebook.

Six-year-old Freyja can't physically set foot in her classroom, but her WonderBot is here to help. Read more:

Posted by ABC News on Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Advance Queensland Hot Desq

Aubot was one of 26 companies selected to enter Advance Queensland’s Hot Desq program.  The program invites startups from outside of Queensland to join and contribute to the the Queensland startup ecosystem for 6 months.  We were selected to join the Queensland University of Technology’s Bluebox space.

Here’s the incoming Hot Desq cohort!

Remarkable Accelerator

For the past 4 months, from 3 April – 31 July, aubot participated in the Remarkable Accelerator program.  Remarkable harnesses technology to build social and economic inclusion of people with disability. The Remarkable Accelerator program was created to encourage and foster technology companies in the disability space.  It was great to learn from and with other disability technology companies in Australia for the past few months!

Here are some photos from the final demonstration night in Sydney.

Asia Society Change Agent Award

As a result of me appearing via Teleport on stage at AICC’s event (access to AICC’s event post here), I was nominated for the Asia Society Asian Change Agent Award. So I flew to NYC on 27 October 2016 to attend the Awards Ceremony at the United Nations. Other awardees included Zhang Yimou, Soo-Man Lee, and Sanduk Ruit.

Yimou Zhang, Durreen Shahnaz, Benny YP Siahaan, Muzoon Almellehan, Karim Wasfi, Joey Alexander, Ahmad Sarmast, Marita Cheng, Soo-man Lee==
Asia Society Asia Game Changer Awards and Gala Dinner 2016==
United Nations, NYC==
October 27, 2016==
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Photo – Presley Ann/PMC==

Zhang Yimou is a renowned and respected Chinese film director who directed Hero, House of Flying Daggers, Raise the Red Lantern, and the 2008 Beijing Olympics Opening and Closing Ceremonies.
Soo-Man Lee is the founder of S.M. Entertainment, one of Korea’s most reputable entertainment companies.
Sanduk Ruit brought the gift of sight to those whom need it most.

This was the 3rd year for the awards. In previous years, Malala, Jack Ma, and Manny Pacquiao have been acknowledged.

The awards were presented by Charles Rockefeller, Princess Beatrice, Kevin Rudd, and other notable people.

?, Yimou Zhang, Durreen Shahnaz, Benny YP Siahaan, Muzoon Almellehan, Karim Wasfi, Joey Alexander, Ahmad Sarmast, Marita Cheng, Soo-man Lee, ?, Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrice Elizabeth Mary of York, Henrietta Ford==
Asia Society Asia Game Changer Awards and Gala Dinner 2016==
United Nations, NYC==
October 27, 2016==
©Patrick McMullan==
Photo – Presley Ann/PMC==

Innovation in the Wild

On 12 October, 2Mar participated in Innovation in the Wild (IITW) at The Cluster. For this event, IITW partnered with the ITS World Congress to source its attendees.

We met with employees from Ericsson, Mercedes Benz, Cisco, Toyota, Bosch and Volvo. Lots of people expressed interest in having a Teleport in their office. We had a great time and can’t wait for the next one.

It’s a unique event where there are only 12 companies exhibiting, and groups of 3-4 people rotate every 5 minutes to meet each company. It’s great because it’s a very immersive experience. For two hours, you’re refining your pitch every 5 minutes. And unlike a trade show where you have busy periods and quiet periods, IITW is just full-on the entire time, which makes it really fun.


We had a great looking booth with a tall robot next to a big screen showing Teleport in action. It looked awesome.  Above is a photo of Teleport while we were setting up – it’s small and at its lowest height so that it’s easy to transport around.  🙂

Optus Future Makers Program

Thank you Optus, for naming us Future Makers!  We took part in a 4-month program where we were mentored in social entrepreneurship and scaling our impact.  We had three 3-day sessions in Sydney, and one 3-day session in Melbourne during the 4-month period.

At the conclusion of the program, 50% of the 12 participants received funds to execute their projects.  2Mar’s funds will be used to continue our work, making robots to help people in their everyday lives, and to fund robots for kids with cancer in hospital so that they may remotely attend school.  Thank you Optus!

Meeting with Minister for Business and Innovation

I met with the Victorian Minister for Small Business, Innovation & Trade, Minister Philip Dalidakis MP and Minister Steve Herbert MP to share about Teleport.
They were particularly interested in the use cases around healthcare :
  • Getting specialists from Melbourne to Teleport into rural and regional hospitals in order to save time and money.
  • Teleport in metropolitan general practices for specialists in the larger local hospitals to consult with the GPs
  • Having robots all around the hospital for loved ones, family and friends to Teleport in, to visit patients in hospital – saving time, reducing stress and increasing visitation hours
  • Patients may also be discharged early and monitored at home from the hospital remotely via Teleport, saving the hospital money.

PM Malcolm Turnbull visits

As a flow on from our time at Engineers Australia Victoria’s office, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull decided to pay us a visit to see our robots.

He brought along his media entourage!

I told him about the robots being used for education – such as sick kids in hospital attending school, or getting high school maths and science teachers, based in metropolitan areas, teaching in rural and regional schools across Australia via Teleport.

We appeared in The Sydney Morning Herald together the next day on 6 June 2016.