November GGDWR – About the Speakers :)

unnamed (1)Catherine Holloway is a Test Technician at Clearpath Robotics. She is responsible for
tracking robot performance through the prototyping process right up until the final delivery to the customer. To do this, she has to design and conduct experiments with the robots and use programming and statistics to analyze the results.

Prior to joining Clearpath Robotics, Catherine earned a M.Sc. in Physics from the Institute for Quantum Computing at the University of Waterloo where she worked on prototype Quantum Key Distribution systems. In between, she worked for several quantum cryptography startups. She has a B.Sc. in Physics from the Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Her current obsessions are trying to bench press her body weight and compiling the ultimate progressive rock and metal playlist.



Teyvonia Thomas is an Autonomy Engineer at Clearpath Robotics – a company that builds robots to automate dull, deadly and dirty tasks. Here, Teyvonia works as part of the Perception team to develop software that aids robots in sensing and navigating autonomously in their environments. In this role, she has tackled problems such as outdoor terrain classification, multi sensor calibration and visual localization and mapping.
Prior to joining Clearpath Robotics, Teyvonia earned an M.S.E. in Robotics at the University of Pennsylvania. Her interest in robotics took form while carrying out undergraduate studies in Physics and Computer Science at Bryn Mawr College (Pennsylvania, USA). As part of her mission to get more women and minorities interested in robotics, science and engineering, Teyvonia has conducted several workshops, coached students for robotics competitions and continues to participate in community events aligned with this goal. When she isn’t playing with robots, she enjoys dancing, reciting poetry and writing not-so-funny comedy sketches.
Event Details
Date: Thursday November 19, 2015
Time: 6:00pm – 8:30pm
Location: Accelerator Centre, West Entrance
Sign up here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/november-dinner-tickets-19148536789

Recruiting volunteers!

We need help with the following:
– Event day set-up and tear down
– Sponsorship
– Social Media guru
If you have a couple of hours to spare per week, it would greatly help us out!

Email us at girlgeekskw@gmail.com


Thank You Community Partners and Supporters!

Clearpath Robotics designs and builds service robots to automate the world’s dullest, dirtiest and deadliest jobs.  Our clients range from small local businesses to some of the biggest, best known companies on the planet. We employ a diverse and highly talented team who live and breathe robotics. We are looking for more passionate people with expertise in Software Development, Mechanical/Electrical Design, Concept Development and Simulation.  More information here.

The Accelerator Centreis dedicated to building and scaling sustainable, globally-competitive technology firms; and to commercializing advanced research technologies emerging from academic institutions.

Hacking Health Waterloo is working to improve healthcare by connecting technology creators and healthcare professionals in Waterloo Region to collaborate on realistic, human-centric solutions to front-line problems.

Year of Code is an independent, non-profit, year long campaign from July 1, 2015, to June 30, 2016, to increase each person’s tech literacy across Waterloo Region, from kids to teens, adults to seniors.


Nerd Nite KW is a monthly event like no other in the tri-city area. Join us for unique, informative, and entertaining presentations, trivia, and socializing in a fun, positive, and inclusive atmosphere. Find them on Facebook.

HackerNest is an international non-profit community movement focused on building supportive Silicon Valley like tech communities in every city (including Waterloo).