The Mission

Golden Gate Bridge

The first three days of the Mission will be spent in San Diego. The remainder will be spent in between San Jose, Silicon Valley and in San Francisco.

Coach travel and internal flights between meetings will be scheduled for the group.

NB: this agenda is regularly updated – timings, dates and events may change – a work in progress but gives a good idea of what’s being planned…

Sat 21 June

Delegates travel to Los Angeles, transfer to San Diego

Sun 22 June

City Orientation

Informal Networking

Mon 23 June

San Diego Market Briefing,  
Welcome from Hosts, Procopio 
Chris McDonald, UKTI LA
Matthew Sanford, SDEDC
Procopio is dedicated to understanding the businesses and industries of clients and collaborating with them to develop tailored strategies. We structure and manage our practice with our focus firmly fixed on what matters to clients: experienced business attorneys acting as partners to deliver the most intelligent and pragmatic legal solutions in the most cost-effective fashion. We advise companies at every stage in the corporate life cycle, helping them to plan, finance and operate their businesses. Our attorneys respond quickly and in the most qualified manner to address clients’ needs.

Location: Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP, 525 B St #2200, San Diego, CA 92101

Roundtable Discussion & Lab tour
Location: Qualcomm Institute, University of California San Diego (UCSD)
9500 Gilman Dr, La Jolla, CA 92093

Join a high level, influential US-UK panel discussion with The Rt Hon. David Willetts,UK Minister for Universities and Science, Ramesh Rao, Director, California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology, Andra Keay, Managing Director, Silicon Valley robotics and Rich Walker, Managing Director, Shadow Robot Company, on the 23rd June to debate key issue facing the RAS industry, from the role of Robots in the workplace, to the key characteristics of the robotics industry in 5 years and 50 years’ time and what it takes to develop into leading, profit-generating industry?

AUVSI San Diego

Evening Networking with AUVSI San Diego
AUVSI is the world’s largest nonprofit organization devoted exclusively to advancing the unmanned systems and robotics community. Serving 7,500+ members from government organizations, industry and academia, AUVSI is committed to fostering, developing, and promoting unmanned systems and robotic technologies. AUVSI members support defense, civil and commercial sectors.
AUVSI provides opportunities for information exchange, networking and business development and is the best resource for simply learning about unmanned systems and robotics or for staying abreast of the latest program and technology updates.

Tues 24 June

Brain Corporation
Brain Corporation
Meet the company creating the next generation of programmable robotic brain stems.

“Brain Corporation is a pioneer in developing novel algorithms based on the functionality of the nervous system, with applications in visual perception, motor control, and autonomous navigation. We build and improve devices and consumer robots that can sense their environments, make decisions, take actions, and learn.Brain Corporation employs some of the world’s leading experts in computational neuroscience to build sophisticated and efficient models of the brain.”

Location: 5665 Morehouse Drive, QRC-130, San Diego

Maritime Alliance
Maritime RAS with the Maritime Alliance
With expertise and world leaders in many industry segments,TMA is pleased to host a Maritime Robotics afternoon for visiting international companies. The “Introduction to Innovation in Maritime Robotics and Unmanned Systems” will present world leaders in ROV manufacture, software and peripherals development, and bleeding edge technology. Companies will range from start-ups with fewer than five employees to some of the world’s largest defence contractors.

Location:2877 Historic Decatur Rd, San Diego, CA 92106

Travel to San Jose

Wed 25 June

PARC Research, a Xerox company
“PARC, a Xerox company, is in the Business of Breakthroughs. Practicing open innovation, we provide custom R&D services, technology, expertise, best practices, and intellectual property to Fortune 500 and Global 1000 companies, startups, and government agencies and partners. We create new business options, accelerate time to market, augment internal capabilities, and reduce risk for our clients.”

Location: 3333 Coyote Hill Road, Palo Alto, CA 94304 USA

Squire Sanders
‘Doing Business in the USA Masterclass’ & ‘Robotics/Autonomous Systems Specific Briefing.’
Practical: Tax, legal, HR, immigration, incorporation sessions
Case studies: expats recount their tales of setting up in the US
Market briefing: local market specialists share their insight

Squire Patton Boggs is one of the world’s strongest integrated legal practices. With 44 offices in 21 countries, the firm is renowned for its local connections and global influence, delivering comprehensive legal services across North America, Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific, and Latin America. With expertise spanning all key sectors, the firm is also known for its preeminent public policy practice and deep-rooted relationships in Washington DC and Brussels. For more information, visit

Location: Squire Sanders– 600 Hansen Way, Palo Alto, CA 94304

Company visits and Networking
Location: San Jose/ Menlo Park/ Mountain View area.

Thurs 26 June

SRI International, Menlo Park
SRI International is a nonprofit, independent research and innovation centre serving government and industry. We provide basic and applied research, laboratory and advisory services, technology development and licenses, deployable systems, products, and venture opportunities.
“Our research and innovations have led to new industries and products that impact people’s lives every day—from the computer mouse and interactive computing to medical ultrasound, cancer drugs, and much more.
SRI works on some of the world’s most important problems, collaborating across technical disciplines to spark new ideas and solutions. We believe in open innovation, bringing the best talent to the challenge at hand.”

Location: 333 Ravenswood Ave, Menlo Park, CA 94025


Precise automation
Precise Automation

Precise Automation is an innovative robotics company specializing in compact robotic controllers and unique robots.  Precise created the world’s first collaborative SCARA robot, the PreciseFlex 400 robot (PF400), based on decades of robot development experience in industrial robots.  Collaborative robots are mechanisms that can be safely used in a mixed environment of people and robots with no need for safety barriers.  All of the forces generated by the PF400 are limited so that the robot cannot hurt a user even if it collides with them at full speed, making the PF400 safe to operate side-by-side with personnel.  In fact, after careful evaluation by our customers, hundreds of PF400’s are in daily use in applications without safety barriers and validated by a third party safety certification company.  The PF400 represents a significant step forward in flexible, adaptable mixed manufacturing environments.

Intuitive surgical
Intuitive surgical

Intuitive Surgical, Inc. (NASDAQ: ISRG) is the global technology leader in minimally invasive robotic-assisted surgery. The Company’s da Vinci® Surgical System enables surgeons to operate minimally invasively through a few small incisions or the belly button from a nearby ergonomic console. The da Vinci System features a magnified 3D HD vision system and tiny wristed instruments that bend and rotate far greater than the human hand. As a result of this technology, da Vinci enables surgeons to operate with enhanced vision, precision and control. – See more here.

Networking Event with Silicon Valley Robotics Community
Theme being ‘Global Robotics’
“Silicon Valley Robotics promotes the innovation and commercialisation of robotics technologies. We are a newly formed non-profit business association.”
They are one of the largest, most exciting robotics clusters in the world and will be hosting some great events and opportunities throughout the year.

Fri 27 June

Transfer to San Francisco

Ekso Bionics
Ekso Bionics – Exoskeleton Manufacturer in Oakland.
“Since 2005, Ekso Bionics™ has been pioneering the field of robotic exoskeletons to augment human strength, endurance and mobility. We are committed to applying the latest technology and engineering to help people rethink current physical limitations and achieve the remarkable.”

Location:1414 Harbour Way South Suite 1201, Richmond, CA 94804

3D Robotics
3D Robotics develops innovative, flexible and reliable personal drones and UAV technology for everyday exploration and business applications.
“3DR’s UAV platforms capture breathtaking aerial imagery for consumer enjoyment and data analysis, enabling mapping, surveying, 3D modeling and more. Our technology is currently used across multiple industries around the world, including agriculture, photography, construction, search and rescue and ecological study. 3DR is committed to bringing the power of UAV technology to the mainstream market.”

Location: 2629 7th St, Suite C, Berkeley, CA 94710

Highway 1, funded by PCH International.
Accelerator/ Incubator
“You’ve got a prototype. We’ve got a roadmap.
Anyone can build a prototype, but manufacturing at scale is a bigger, tougher problem. Highway1 has the knowledge, the experience, and the partners to get you on your way.”

Location: 26 Windsor Pl, San Francisco, CA 94133

Investor pitching session with O’Reilly Alpha Tech Ventures

O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures (OATV) is in the business of funding disruptors, innovators, and hackers of the status quo. Along with their partner, O’Reilly Media, they invest in the “alpha geeks” who explore technology for the fun of it. These relationships drive their investment themes at OATV, spanning data, Makers, the new networks of things, quantified self and the industrial internet. They are both excited and privileged to help entrepreneurs take the world from where it is today to where it should be tomorrow.

Location: 1 Lombard Street, 3rd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94111

Informal networking drinks with ex-pat community

Sat 28 June

Return to the UK

NB: this agenda is regularly updated – timings, dates and events may change – a work in progress but gives a good idea of what’s being planned…