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Marita Cheng

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Marita Cheng was the 2012 Young Australian of the Year and is a technology entrepreneur and women in technology advocate.

On a day-to-day basis, Marita works as the founder and CEO of 2Mar Robotics doing mechanical engineering. 2Mar Robotics aims to bring robots that help us in our day-to-day lives into the world. The company began by creating robotic arms for people with limited upper limb mobility. These robot arms are controlled by iPhone, Android phone and two different head-gyroscopic interfaces.

Marita was named the 2012 Young Australian of the Year for demonstrating vision and leadership well beyond her years as the Founder and Executive Director of Robogals Global. The group runs robotics workshops, career talks and various other community activities to introduce young women to engineering.

Robogals has now taught 50,000 girls from 9 countries our robotics workshops across 31 chapters. Robogals has been internationally recognised though the Global Engineering Deans Council Diversity in Engineering Award (2014), Grace Hopper Celebration’s Anita Borg Change Agent Award (2011), and the International Youth Foundation’s YouthActionNet Fellowship (2011).

Marita was born in Cairns, Queensland, Australia. She grew up in housing commission with her brother and single-parent mother, who worked as a hotel room cleaner. She graduated from high school in 2006 in the top 0.2% of the nation, and that year was awarded Cairns Young Citizen of the Year for her volunteering and extra-curricula efforts, which included winning awards for mathematics, Japanese and piano. Marita speaks English, Cantonese and Japanese.

Marita has a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechatronics) / Bachelor of Computer Science from the University of Melbourne. She serves on the boards of Robogals Global, the Foundation for Young Australians, and RMIT's New Enterprise Investment Fund, where she helps decide on startup investments, the Victorian State Innovation Expert Panel, and the Clinton Health Access Initiative's Tech Advisory Board. In her spare time, Marita enjoys reading, travelling and daydreaming.