WJR Business Beat with Jeff Sloan: Lawrence Tech’s Annual Robofest Goes Virtual (Episode 78)

On today’s WJR Business Beat, Jeff shares news that the Lawrence Technological University Annual Student Robofest, which involves more than 2,500 LTU students, is going virtual this year.

The event, originally scheduled for May 14 to 16 on LTU’s Southfield campus, will now take place beginning August 28 through 29 and continue October 2 through 3 via video conferencing.

As reported in DBusiness magazine, C.J. Chung, Robofest inventor and professor of computer science at LTU, says, “We are proud to announce that Robofest is currently the only robotics world championship operating this year.”

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WJR Business Beat Transcript

Good morning, Paul.

Today on the Business Beat, we’re pleased to report that the Lawrence Technological University Annual Student Robofest world championship, which involves more than 2,500 LTU students. Instead of canceling it, it’s moving online due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The event, originally scheduled for May 14 to 16 on LTU’s Southfield campus, will now take place beginning August 28 through 29 and continue through October second, third via video conferencing and other sign of the changing times. But we’re thrilled this event will go on the importance of events like this are these events help shape students’ minds. They force technological thinking, innovative and progressive thinking, which can result in the seeds of really interesting startup companies being born out of our region.

Now as reported in DBusiness magazine, C.J. Chung, Robofest inventor and professor of computer science at LTU, says, “We are proud to announce that Robofest is currently the only robotics world championship operating this year.”

That’s amazing. The only one, and of course it’s going to be operating online, but it will be taking place, Paul. Robofest teams can choose to participate in a variety of events. Love these.

How about golf bowl in which students design and build a robot to putt golf balls into holes on a six-foot table, while also knocking over water bottles.

How about bottle Sumo time trial, a competition in which robots try to push water bottles off a table. Robo arts, in which students create robots that offer artistic performances like music or dance. Robo med, in which students create medical care robots. And the list goes on and on.

Now, on the surface, these may seem playful and maybe even silly, but again, these drive technological advances. Ultimately these are the seeds. This is where it all starts, and we’re thrilled the event is going on.

I’m Jeff Sloan, founder and CEO of StartupNation.com and that’s today’s business beat on the Great Voice of the Great Lakes, WJR.

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Equity Monday: Tech’s stance on change, two funding rounds and fintech layoffs

Good morning and welcome back to TechCrunch’s Equity Monday, a brief jumpstart for your week.

A big thanks to the whole Equity crew for doing a stellar job last week with the show while I was on vacation, especially to Danny for taking on this particular installment of the podcast. Equity Monday is still pretty new, frankly, so him stepping up and into the role was a huge boon. Thanks, Danny.

Right, so, what did we talk about today?

  • In the face of outrageous police action and systemic racism, most of tech — both public and private, alike — said something or did something in the last few days. We go over some of the latest statements and pledges from the VC and startup world in the episode, but do take a look for yourself and decide if what’s been done and said is enough.
  • For more, read this.
  • Coming up this week: Zoom earnings. Zoom’s earnings report matters a bit more than a regular digest of three-months’ worth of corporate performance. The company is a key plank in the group of companies that have been buoyed by the COVID-19 pandemic, meaning that investors that have made similar bets will have their eyes on the videochatting giant’s results. And, SaaS and cloud stocks are trading at all-time highs. If Zoom can turn in good numbers, that run might be able to continue.
  • Tia Health put together nearly $ 25 million for women-centric telehealth.
  • Beam, a micromobility startup headquartered in Singapore, raised $ 26 million.
  • And, finally, fintech layoffs. I was off last week but was a bit surprised at the number of fintech companies that were cutting staff. Why? Well, we have a guess or two on that count. (You can read more here, and here, from our own Natasha Mascarenhas for background).

Equity will be back Friday morning with more. Welcome to the week, and please help others as much as you can.

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[TechSee in Fierce Telecom] Verizon field techs keep a social distance on Fios installs due to COVID-19

While not mentioning TechSee by name, FierceTelecom recently first reported that Verizon, along with Vodafone, Liberty Global and Orange, was using TechSee’s remote virtual agent to troubleshoot home connectivity issues or provide live video feedback between customers and technicians for installs.

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