Marita Cheng & Alberto Rizzoli

Marita Cheng
Future thinker and creator, entrepreneur and driver of social change

Marita Cheng was the 2012 Young Australian of the Year and is a technology entrepreneur and women in technology advocate. She’s the founder and CEO of 2Mar Robotics which aims to develop robots to help us in our day-to-day lives. The company began creating robotic arms for people with limited upper limb mobility – the arms can be controlled by iPhone or Android and two different head-gyroscopic interfaces.

Also the founder and Executive Director of Robogals Global, Marita came up with the idea when she noticed the low number of girls in her University of Melbourne engineering classes. She rounded up her fellow engineering peers and visited schools to teach girls robotics, as a way to encourage girls to explore engineering. Since then, Robogals has expanded throughout Australia, the UK, the USA and Japan, running robotics workshops, career talks and various other community activities to introduce over 50,000 young women to engineering.


Alberto Rizzoli
Future thinker and creator, entrepreneur and driver of social change

Italian entrepreneur and futurist, Alberto Rizzoli is the co-founder of multi-award winning Aipoly, a startup using artificial intelligence to help the visually impaired identify objects and giving machines a sense of sight.

Alberto started building companies at age 20, beginning with a 3D printing education-technology startup providing lessons to children in four continents, and was featured in Makerfaire’s 20 under 20 panel where he presented before 3000 people.

Alberto now takes his passion for machine learning to assistive technology in order to help the tens of millions of visually impaired people around the world gain a richer sense of perception through sight. At 22 he founded Aipoly at Singularity University where he participated at the Global Solutions Program under a scholarship from Google. In March 2016 Alberto was awarded by the President of Italy Sergio Mattarella for his efforts in advancing AI for a good cause.

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