Austin-Based Entrepreneur Partners With A.I. Robotics Company To Offer Advanced Solutions Amid COVID

Austin-based Diligent Robotics is partnering with Kendra Scott and the Kendra Cares program to assist healthcare workers in providing social, emotional, and cognitive support to pediatric patients across the nation as the global pandemic continues to impact the ways we interface with one another. The female-founded A.I. company and its A.I. robot Moxi will work in tandem with the already impactful Kendra Cares program to offer the ability to connect via an app and to provide a broader reach.

The partnership bridges technology and advanced solutions for navigating the implications of physical distancing amid COVID-19. "We were so excited when Kendra Scott approached us about this partnership," said Andrea Thomaz, CEO, and co-founder of Diligent Robotics. "When her team asked Moxi to be part of the delivery experience to the patients at the Children's Hospital, we knew it was the perfect way to not only bring smiles to the children who love interacting with Moxi but to also show the staff how Moxi can help deliver all kinds of things in a hospital setting.”

Diligent Robots and its Moxi hospital robot assistant is a vehicle for helping clinical staff deliver routine, non-patient-facing tasks, to have more time for patient care, and offset the costs to hospitals associated with staff burnout and turnover. Moxi and its A.I. technology have been deployed in several U.S. hospitals to focus on fetch and deliver tasks for frontline clinicians.

For her part, and since founding her company in 2002, Scott has focused a significant amount of her pursuits toward giving back, and created Kendra Cares as a creative arts program bringing the joy of the Kendra Scott Color Bar™ to pediatric hospitals. The creative initiative launched in 2015 and offers patients and caregivers opportunities to design their customized piece of Kendra Scott jewelry while in the hospital. To date, the program has impacted the lives of over 20,000 patients and their families across 40 hospitals nationwide.