The Penn Robotics Team was invited to attend ATIA 2018 in order to present our project Mission to Engineer at a speaker session, alongside ATMakers founder Bill Binko and president of Inclusive Technology Solutions, LLC Mike Marotta, and during the MakerDay. We arrived in Orlando on January 31th and immediately hit the exhibit hall where we were able to meet some of the most prestigious AT providers and witness soon-to-be released technology. The next day, Italia Fields’ presentation focused on cost-effective AT solutions through local makers such as Penn Robotics. “It was an amazing opportunity to present alongside Bill Binko and Mike Marotta,” Italia said, “Both of them are huge figures in the AT Maker community. They taught me the importance of an AT program like the one we created, Mission to Engineer.” On Saturday, Italia, David Li, and Olivia Adam set up a presentation booth, brought an outreach robot, and delivered Mission to Engineer in depth at the MakerDay. Our project garnered the attention of many of the attendees, some noting that this year’s conference was one of the most energetic and memorable conference they have ever seen.
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“In the 21 years of Penn Robotics, this conference was the most impactful community outreach event we’ve ever been apart of.” said Jim Langfeldt, Robotics Coach. Overall, thousands of individuals were directly impacted by our attendance at ATIA. If interested in learning more about Mission to Engineer, visit missiontoengineer.atmakers.org
Written by: David Li