Marita Cheng Proves Girls (and Women) Can Code AND Build Robots

As countries around the world try to find ways to motivate girls to enter STEM fields, Australia's Marita Cheng is busy developing artificial intelligence products and building robots. She is innovative, energetic and passionate about technology.

By Paul Lachhu

Who could have predicted that a young girl who grew up in a relatively isolated area of Queensland, Australia, would one day be named the "Young Australian of the Year" in 2012 for her entrepreneurship and technology skills? Marita Cheng is a technology entrepreneur who proves that girls and young women can code, develop artificial intelligence products, create apps, and build robots, all of which significantly improve people's lives. She has developed products that assist the blind, disabled, elderly and everyone else interested in human-like communication over long distances.

Remarkably, the now 27-year-old has only just begun what will be a lifelong journey based in technolo...

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