2012 Young Australian of the Year Engineering visionary
Marita was born in Cairns, Queensland, Australia. She is a technology entrepreneur and women in technology advocate. On a day-to-day basis, Marita works as the founder and CEO of 2Mar Robotics doing mechanical engineering. The company began by creating robotic arms for people with limited upper limb mobility. These robot arms are controlled by iPhone, Android phone and two different head-gyroscopic interfaces. Marita was named the 2012 Young Australian of the Year for demonstrating vision and leadership well beyond her years as the Founder and Executive Director of Robogals Global. The group runs robotics workshops, career talks and various other community activities to introduce young women to engineering. Marita regularly travels around Australia presenting her work including appearing on Q&A on ABC.