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Holly Marie Peck

Director of Human-Robot Interaction (HRI) at Sanctuary AI. Founder and Director of Women Who Code Vancouver.


Holly Peck is an activator, technical founder, engineer, and electronic musician. She has a BA in anthropology from Princeton University and is currently the Director of Human-Robot Interaction (HRI) at Sanctuary AI. Once, she wrote a thesis on death and symbolic immortality. 

Holly first contemplated humanness whilst excavating Neanderthal bones in France. Since, her creative and engineering projects have explored human and machine learning, robotics and embodiment, and memory and ritual. At Sanctuary, Holly builds and tests cognitive architecture - the software minds - of Sanctuary robots and manages external deploys of humanoid robots in experimental settings. 

Holly is the founder and director of Women Who Code Vancouver, a community she grew from zero to 2000 techlords in two years. She is a Microsoft MVP in Artificial Intelligence (one of three in Canada) and has consulted Prime Minister Trudeau on innovation in Vancouver. 

On weekends, Holly programs polyphonic synthesizers, reads grimoires, and develops 35mm film. In 2018, she released her first electronic album called ‘Nobody’ as part of her synth-pop project NUIT. She has a fondness for breakfast, architectures, and black latex.

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