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Researching Robotics/Tech non-profits


I’m wondering if you are aware of any Robotics/Technology non-profits that work globally? I know of WeRobotics and some googling returns projects like One Laptop Per Child. Do you know of any others? Ideally they would be in the humanitarian/education sector but I’m open to any others.


First robotics seems missing.

  1. Roberta is an initative by Fraunhofer IAIS (i.e. Fraunhofer is a non-profit for applied research, and their initiative is going beyond Germany to neighboring countries - not sure if you consider this globally though)

Roberta ® - Learning with Robots” takes young people into the digital world. Since 2002, the Fraunhofer Initiative has been training teachers throughout Germany and beyond.

  1. euRobotics AISBL (Association Internationale Sans But Lucratif) is a Brussels based international non-profit association for all stakeholders in European robotics. They organise among other things:

European Robotics Week (ERW) takes place all over Europe in November, and every year euRobotics chooses a location for a Central event to host an eco-system of various engaging activities for the public.
euRobotics is now inviting expressions of interest from euRobotics members/ national coordinators to host the Central Event of the European Robotics Week 2020 (ERW2020).
ERW2020 will take place on 19 - 29 November 2020, all over Europe.

  1. Raj Madhavan is organising events like the " Do Good Robotics Symposium ". Maybe he knows more …

First Robotics -
Robotics Education Competition Foundation (the non-profit arm of vex robotics) -

Many thanks! I would have missed it - I always thought that FIRST was only focused on USA.

Many thanks for recommendations Thilo! Looking at them now!

RoboCup is a global robotics competition. There is RoboCup Junior focussed on education and RoboCup Rescue which is most aligned with the humanitarian sector I think.


I am on the board of the Open Source Hardware Association who seem like a good fit. Today is our annual summit. You can find out more including the conference live stream here:


I also recently found out that duckietown has a nonprofit arm:

If you’re looking for humanitarian robotics activities, Raj Madhavan is absolutely the man to contact.