Duckietown Foundation

The Duckietown Foundation coordinates volunteers and organizes scientific and educational activities.

Mission

Our mission is to make the world excited about the beauty, the fun, the importance, and the challenges of robotics and AI, through learning experiences that are tangible, accessible, and inclusive.

We achieve this mission by designing freely-available robotics platforms and curricula for all levels of education, and promoting their use in the world.

Robotics and AI

Beauty

Fun

Importance

Challenges

The beauty and the fun

AI and robotics are the most beautiful disciplines – it is mankind’s attempt at creating artificial creatures that think and act like us.

And it is fun to see robots go!

The importance and the challenges

AI and robotics will change our world. Everybody should understand the possibilities, the current status and how much is left to do.

Learning experiences

Tangible

Accessible

Inclusive

Duckietown Google workshop, NYC 2019

Experiences

Although we organize activities, coordinate donations, and develop tutorials for the Duckietown platform, this is just a means to an end: we care about the experience it enables.

Tangible

We believe that to learn robotics you have to be able to touch a robot. We learn by handling and doing.

We join the maker spirit with the academic spirit: the experiences are fun, but there is also a path of academic learning.

Accessible

We strive to promote access to the Duckietown platform by organizing free educational and scientific events and activities such as the Duckietown massive open online course and the AI Driving Olympics.

Inclusive

We promote a broad understanding of the effects of robotics and AI in society, and we want to reach previously underserved geographies and demographics.

We use donations from benefactors to bring the Duckietown experience to communities that could not otherwise engage with it.

Our Team

Liam Paull (UMontréal)

Coordinates education efforts

Andrea Censi (ETH Zürich)

Coordinates scientific efforts

Jacopo Tani (ETH Zürich)

Coordinates operations and hardware

Stefanie Tellex (Brown)

Coordinates the DuckieSky initiative

Matthew Walter (TTIC)

Coordinates the Duckietown Junior effort

Andrea Daniele

Coordinates technical development

Kirill Krinkin (SPb ETU)

Coordinates backend development

Thank you to our generous benefactors

Supporters

donations of $100 or more

Jaan Kittask

Sally Janson Cooke

Massimo Gatti

Defenders

donations of $500 or more

Patrons

donations of $1000 or more

Emilio Frazzoli

Address for correspondence

The Duckietown Foundation is registered as a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation in the state of Massachusetts, USA.

Duckietown Foundation US, Inc.
6 Liberty Square
PMB #217
Boston, MA 02109