Today we are talking to Mercedes Soria, the CTO at Knightscope. And we discuss investing in people who invest in themselves, tips for gaining confidence, and the crime fighting robots their company makes are so cool, I go and visit their office in California.
All of this, right here, right now on the Modern CTO Podcast!
VP of Software Engineering at Knightscope. Expert leader working in Robotics, Machine learning and Artificial Intelligence and Cloud technologies. Member of the founding team at Knightscope building security robots that do the monotonous job of security guards leaving humans to do the more strategic work.
Mercedes joined Deloitte in 2002 as a Sr Software Engineer leading the Knowledge management team. She worked with the most cutting edge technologies at that time. She was the only female in a team of 40 people. She was quickly promoted to Manager and then Channel leader for Ethics and compliance channel. Her role involved leading engineering teams to work on applications that were used by over 150,000 people around the world with an up time requirement of 99.999%. Mercedes has 2 Bachelors and a Masters degree in computer science in addition to an Executive MBA.. She truly believes that technology plays an important role in business success.
She was invited to join the Tech Women program from the State department which aims to teach, mentor and educate women in STEM from Africa, Middle East and Asia. Only distinguished women are invited and even less get approved to participate and she got in. Her project with the Tunisian team was winner of founding dollars during the evaluation period in 2016. She is a true mentor and advisor to women’s technology projects not just here but around the world. She firmly believes that the true potential of women in technology has not been reached yet, there is much to do and she has been and is willing to put in the work. She mentored the country of Lebanon in 2017.
At Knightscope she is VP of Software Engineering and leads the engineering team tasked with building the company’s core software product, the Knightscope security operations center and the K5 robot. The technology stack involves Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, Machine learning, Computer Vision, Cloud and web technologies. She is playing an important role to ensure gender diversity at Knightscope where there is a 25% women to male ratio. This is awesome especially in Silicon Valley but she thinks it can be even better. She is working on it!
Knightscope’s long-term ambition is to make the United States of America the safest country in the world, changing everything for everyone. Our vision is to develop a technology stack to predict and prevent crime utilizing autonomous robots, analytics and engagement utilizing a “Hardware + Software + Humans” approach.
Our solution includes providing an autonomous physical presence, gathering data from the environment in real-time, and pushing anomalies to our user interface, the Knightscope Security Operations Center (KSOC), providing our clients across the U.S. a 24/7 force multiplier effect.