Andra Keay

Andra Keay

Managing Director
Silicon Valley Robotics

Andra Keay is the Managing Director of Silicon Valley Robotics, an industry group supporting innovation and commercialization of robotics technologies. Andra is also founder of Robot Launch, global robotics startup competition, cofounder of Robot Garden hackerspace, mentor at hardware accelerators, startup advisor and investor, with a strong interest in commercializing socially positive robotics and AI, shared on “The Robot State” site.

Andra has keynoted at major international conferences including Future World 2018, Global Female Leaders Summit 2018, Global Talent Summit at Davos 2018, Delphi Economic Forum 2018, SVIEF 2018, 2017, 2016, Ada Lovelace Festival 2017, Road to GES 2017, Singularity U Global Summit 2017, Strata+Hadoop 2017, Design 2017, WebSummit 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, World of Drones 2017, SxSW 2015 and 2018. Andra talks about; a. Good Robot Design; b. Building Successful Value Driven Technology Clusters; c. Robotics Industry And Investment Trends.

Andra also cofounded Robohub, the global robotics research news site, building on her background in film, television and media production, internet and computing technologies, with degrees in Interaction, Communication and Human/Robot Cultural Studies and was selected as an HRI (Human-Robot-Interaction) Pioneer in 2010. Andra has also taught Interaction Design and Theory. Andra has a particular interest in understanding diversity and representation in robotics and AI and started the professional Women in Robotics community. Join us at

Diverse representation is a priority for us. We're proud to say that our Summit speakers are 80% queer women, 50% women of color, 25% Black & Latinx, and 15% transgender and gender nonconforming.