• Candice Burch, Michael Doorn, Kerry Marcculli and Emma Funnell

    Candice Burch, Michael Doorn, Kerry Marcculli and Emma Funnell

  • Carmen Barker, Christine Murray, Sandra Cook and Bronwen Overton Clarke.

    Carmen Barker, Christine Murray, Sandra Cook and Bronwen Overton Clarke.

  • Julia Farrelly and Sobana Nathan

    Julia Farrelly and Sobana Nathan

  • Jessica Evans and Hannah Thompson

    Jessica Evans and Hannah Thompson

  • Kieran Williams and Claire Roberts

    Kieran Williams and Claire Roberts

  • Sina Hutton, Azure Hermes and Peter Maguire

    Sina Hutton, Azure Hermes and Peter Maguire

  • Cath Ingram, Marita Cheng and Carmel McGregor

    Cath Ingram, Marita Cheng and Carmel McGregor

  • Dylan Barker, Joe Duggn, Hannah Feldman and Sarah Simmons

    Dylan Barker, Joe Duggn, Hannah Feldman and Sarah Simmons

  • Graham Durant and Stuart Kohlhagen

    Graham Durant and Stuart Kohlhagen

  • Lucy Stockwell, Sarah Davis, Majella Carmody, Holly Matley and Lynda Marsden

    Lucy Stockwell, Sarah Davis, Majella Carmody, Holly Matley and Lynda Marsden

  • Alexandra Dzero and Simon Wilson

    Alexandra Dzero and Simon Wilson

  • Amanda Anderson and Kate Van Haalen

    Amanda Anderson and Kate Van Haalen

  • Tim Hitches, Nicholas O'Neill, Ethan Bowering and Joshua Drummond

    Tim Hitches, Nicholas O'Neill, Ethan Bowering and Joshua Drummond

  • Michael Brennan and Christine Svarcas Healty

    Michael Brennan and Christine Svarcas Healty

  • Lisa Huxley, Francesca Enriquez and Emily Hollosy

    Lisa Huxley, Francesca Enriquez and Emily Hollosy

  • Lucy Stockwell, Megan Vincent, Penney Woods, Carly Hertel, Sam Highley, Joshua Drummond and Rebecca Kaye, Jake Toarty and Sandra Cook

    Lucy Stockwell, Megan Vincent, Penney Woods, Carly Hertel, Sam Highley, Joshua Drummond and Rebecca Kaye, Jake Toarty and Sandra Cook

  • Wendy Elford and Marita Cheng

    Wendy Elford and Marita Cheng

  • Marita Cheng at the podium for her presentation

    Marita Cheng at the podium for her presentation

Marita Cheng: Robogals Founder @ NGA

6 March 2015

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.

Watch her!