Mackenzie Jackson from Conpago

Conpago founder Mackenzie Jackson at the World Robot Summit in Tokyo. Congapo develops tech products to connect older people to family, carers and the community.

More than 40,000 people flocked to the World Robot Summit in Tokyo recently to see the latest in robot tech, including products developed by star performers from Queensland’s robotics sector.

TIQ and QUT Bluebox hosted a booth at the summit, which featured Queensland robotics businesses.

Robotics teams from Queensland schools and from the QUT Bluebox Robotics Accelerator program also attended.

The theme for this year’s summit was ‘Robotics for Happiness’, with a focus on the potential for collaboration between humans and robots in the future.

Eight Queensland robotics businesses attended, displaying a wide range of robotics applications, including drones, humanoid assistants, plant automation robots and educational desktop bots.

Queensland Trade and Investment Commissioner for Japan Tak Adachi said the event, which was organised by the Japanese Government, highlighted Japan as a world centre for robotics.

‘The summit was a unique opportunity to showcase Queensland’s robotics sector to some of the world’s leading robotics firms, buyers and researchers,’ he said.

‘We also organised a site visit program that gave Queensland delegates quality time with major users of robotics such as Softbank, Yaskawa Electronics and UD Trucks.’

Mr Adachi said TIQ Tokyo staff would pursue connections made at the summit to create opportunities for innovative Queensland companies.

Queensland school students also did the state proud at the event, with Merrimac State High School bringing home a swag of awards for coding and documentation in the World Robot Competition Junior Challenge Trial Competition.

The World Robot Summit was held in Tokyo from 19–21 October, with the next summit planned to coincide with the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

Advanced manufacturing and knowledge industries are identified as emerging export strengths in the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022.


Queensland companies attending the World Robot Summit with TIQ were: