First Robotics and i.am/Angel Foundation Host Fundraising Gala in Miami Beach

will.i.am and Dean Kamen will discuss the transformative power of STEM literacy and skill-building for youth.

A collaboration between First, an inclusive and team-based robotics community that offers a range of programs for students, and the i.am/Angel Foundation is being launched to shed light on the crucial role of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education in shaping the future of today’s youth. This partnership will be showcased at an upcoming fundraising gala co-hosted by will.i.am, the founder of the i.am/Angel Foundation, and Dean Kamen, the founder of First. The event is scheduled at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel on Wednesday, Dec. 6 to coincide with the prestigious Art Basel Miami.

“This year’s gala honors the outstanding work that students are doing in FIRST and highlights the critical need to get more students involved in these life-changing programs,” Kamen says. “We’re excited to showcase the connection between STEM and the arts, celebrating the intrinsic interconnectedness of these disciplines.”

The upcoming gala begins with a star-studded red carpet as the guests arrive for an exciting cocktail hour inspired by robotics. Attendees will have the opportunity to test-drive robots during the cocktail hour. The event will also feature a silent auction showcasing luxury, beauty, sports, and entertainment items. After the cocktail hour, the guests will enjoy a seated dinner and be presented with fascinating content. The event will be headlined by will.i.am and Kamen, who will engage in an on-stage fireside chat about the current state of STEM education for young students and its potential impact on the future.

Ursula Burns will be recognized at the gala for her unwavering commitment to First as part of a special tribute. In addition to serving as a Board Member since 2000, Burns has generously shared her time with students at First events and has mentored First alums in their career journeys. With extensive international experience, Burns has led large companies through technological transformations within their industries. From 2009 to 2016, she served as the CEO of Xerox Corporation, where she also held the position of Chairman of the Board from 2010 to 2017. Under her leadership, Xerox evolved from a global leader in document technology into the world’s most diversified business services company, catering to enterprises and governments of all sizes.

To purchase Gala tickets, visit firstinspires.org/gala or contact gala@firstinspires.org for more information.

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