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If you didn’t get to breakfast at Gandel Hall for the IPAA’s ( Institute of Public Administration Australia – ACT ) CEO’s and Young Professionals event “Geeky Robotics: People to Innovate, Clones to File”, then I’m sorry because you’ve missed one of the best ever wake up and smell the coffee presentations by Marita Cheng. Don’t know who she is? Well one day she’ll be up there with the Google squad, the Apple bods and you will be sorry not to have hopped on board the robotics roundabout now gaining momentum from the pocket rocket who founded Robogals - the petite and precociously delightful Marita Cheng - who has been spreading the engineering call to all the girls she can. And with a presentation that was slick and detailed, fun and forward thinking she accompanied it all with an excellent slide show and humour.
She is the 2012 Young Australian of the Year, and is currently the founder and CEO of 2Mar Robotics, a robotics start-up. Her robotic arm ‘Jeva’ for those with disabilities from spinal cord injuries was demonstrated.
And in a surprise for Marita, Wendy Elford, the daughter of her mentor Dianne Boddy was in the audience. Boddy is a regular weekly connection for this fabulous young Australian who will achieve whatever she sets her mind to.
What was admirable about someone so young was her story told disarmingly with candour and honesty of her early life brought up by her single mum and Marita’s own hard work to help her survive . Values and determination are at the heart of this young lady who loves to solve problems, who is self deprecating and happy to tell of her failures as well as her successes.