Robotapalooza, Minnesota



“It’s Robotapalooza in Minnesota today,” said the gregarious Andrew Borene at the annual Robotics Alley conference in downtown St. Paul last week.

As chairman of the event he helped create and launch, Borene has reason to feel good about the state of robotics in Minnesota. Three years in, Robotics Alley has outgrown it’s roots, is receiving international attention and showcasing some of the state’s most sophisticated robotics technologies.

“Minnesota has raised it’s profile a lot over the past few years…west of Pittsburgh and east of California, we’re becoming a robotics leader in middle America,” Borene stated. Approximately 400 – 500 participated in this years event, between the attendees, exhibitors and sponsors.

“You’re seeing Minnesota’s strength here, firsthand,” Eileen Manning,” CEO of The Event Group which acquired Robotics Alley earlier this year.

“Next year we’re going to segment the tracks. Medical, agriculture, security and others will be part of a nine track experience,” she says. “Robotics is going to become an explosive growth area in Minnesota and our goal is to triple this event next year.

Below are some select interviews with inventive Minnesota minds:

U of M Phd. student Elizabeth talks about Nao robots #11 & #14

Cheryl Moeller from High Tech Kids.

CTO Michael Garrod from NPC Robotics in Mound Minnesota.

Noah Wrolson, Erin Mitchell and Danny Gratzer from their respective high school robotics teams.


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