Getting together in the name of robotics to create the future
By Tom Green
February 22, 2013
How technical revolutions are born, pioneered—and won!
The robotics cluster. It’s a new phenomenon that’s maturing and growing stronger. It’s people meeting with each other as a group, then groups reaching out for other groups, and then groups networking with one another around the globe to push technology further.
New robotics clusters are stimulating business, strengthening educational institutions, changing government policies and providing communities with a technology-rich infrastructure.
Reach out and meet a group today. It could well turn out to be the adventure of a lifetime.
Robotics Business Review went searching worldwide for robotics clusters, found thirty-three and then built them into an interactive, searchable database. See: Robotics Clusters
They go by various names: some call themselves a cluster, others go by interest group or society, while others simply tab themselves a meetup. Generally in the robotics community the name that seems most familiar to everyone is that of cluster: a robotics cluster.
Some of these clusters get together in a more formal way than others—some just meet up over beers—but however their manner of rendezvous each is a geographically limited community of individuals, large enough to form a critical mass that is sufficient to attract specialized services, resources, and suppliers.
The members of each community have some type of relationship in robotics to one another—generally a complementary or similarity in product, process, or resource.
Differing admixtures of people and places with the same intent: robotics
Denmark’s RoboCluster meets on Nils Bohr Alley in Copenhagen and describes itself as a consortium of partners with a goal “to create the best environment for development, growth and innovation in the industry and to increase the national and international competitiveness.”
Minnesota’s Robotics Alley is an initiative founded by ReconRobotics and the Minnesota High Tech Association “to spur public-private partnerships in the business, research and development of world-leading robotics and automation systems.
The Robotics Society of Singapore’s avowed purpose “is nurturing friendship and promoting robotics among those corporations and individuals who believe that robots will be a big thing to come, to play, and to contribute to the mankind and the modern society.”
Then there’s the Twin Cities Robotics Group that will meet up in places like the Hack Factory—a disheveled warehouse of electronics and mountain bikes—(video tour of Hack Factory) on 26th Street in Minneapolis, after which all adjourn at 9PM to nearby Perkins Restaurant for food and more discussion.
All quite reminiscent of the Home Brew Computer Club where young unknowns like Steve Jobs and Woz met up with like-minded digerati before nipping off to their now-famous garage workshop.
Knowledge transfer via staying connected to clusters
Robotics Business Review went looking worldwide for robotics clusters, found thirty-three and then built them into an interactive, searchable database. So, keep yourself knowledgeable about these unique organizations and the bright minds behind them by keeping connected through our database. Plus, it’s fun.
Below is the raw list of thirty three.
However, just CLICK on over to our interactive database to take your own world tour, search the clusters, see what each is about, how they go about their “clustering”, and how to contact any of these remarkable organizations.