Affordable Robotics for Accessibility with Harout Markarian
In our first episode of 2021, we start off with a fantastic conversation with entrepreneur Harout Markarian. Harout is an author as well as the founder and CEO of Markarian Robotics. Mai Ling chats with him about his vision for creating efficient and affordable products for the mobility challenged using robotics. Harout’s goal is to make life accessible for all through this new company and he’s sharing this message via his book and podcast too.
Contact Mai Ling: MLC at mailingchan.com
Contact Martyn: Martyn at martynsibley.com
Born in Beirut, Lebanon, Harout currently resides in Los Angeles, California. He graduated from California State University Northridge with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and a master’s degree in robotics. He also has an MBA from Pepperdine University.
Harout Markarian had a lot of different career paths to choose from. He was a dancer, who became a professional basketball player, who now is a seasoned aerospace engineer. His passion is contagious. No matter what he is working on, he always gives it his best. His motivation is unmatched, and he is a lifelong learner.
After his grandparents became totally dependent on family members and caregivers to perform daily living activities, Harout established Markarian Robotics in 2018 to provide mobility challenged individuals an additional level of independence through efficient and affordable assistive technology. He thought there must be a better way to serve this community.
Harout also established a video podcast called Mobility and Inclusion, where he hosts guests and talks about challenges and opportunities for people with disabilities and how to build a better inclusive environment.
Harout’s vision is to collaborate with thought leaders and people with disabilities worldwide to make a massive difference in their lives and build an environment and products that center around universal design.