Cornell University

The Pepper Challenge

Friday, April 28, 2017 at 9:30am to 3:00pm

eHub Collegetown
409 College Ave., Ithaca, NY 14850

Pepper is a humanoid robot created by the developers at SoftBank Robotics. It has the ability to interpret emotions and have intelligent conversations, adapting its behavior to the mood of others. In Japan and other parts of the world, Pepper has already been used to improve healthcare, retail, and hospitality operations— but the potential is limitless. 

Teams of 1-4 students are invited to submit a one-page description of how Pepper can be used innovatively within a hospitality context in the United States.  Descriptions are due April 24th at 9am, registration is required

9 finalists will be selected for in-depth briefing about Pepper and a chance to interact with the robot at the Entrepreneurship @ Cornell celebration April 27th. Finalists then have 24 hours to prepare a full proposal and present to a panel of industry professional judges. 

Cash prizes will be awarded: 1st place: $5,000; 2nd place: $3,000; 3rd place: $2,000.

This event is co-sponsored by the Leland C. and Mary M. Pillsbury Institute for Hospitality Entrepreneurship in the School of Hotel Administration, in the The Cornell SC Johnson College of Business, SoftBank Robotics, and Entrepreneurship At Cornell.

Event schedule:
Thursday, April 27th

12:00-1:00 Workshop 1 - 3 Robots in the same room

1:00-2:00 Workshop 2 - 3 Robots in the same room

2:00-3:00 Workshop 3- 3 Robots in the same room


Friday, April 28th

12:00 Workshop Submission & Number presentation drawn

12:00-1:30 presentations - 5 Minute presentation, 3 minute Q&A, 2 minutes to change

1:30-2:00 Judges Deliberate

2:00- 2:15 Prizes Awarded

Event Type

Special Event

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Contact Name

Melissa Carlisle

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