Robotics. Sounds interesting, does it? It did to S Pranavan and A Sneha Priya too. In fact it sounded so interesting to them that they initiated KIDOBOTIKZ in 2012 in Chennai, a startup venture that ‘offers curriculum that includes progressively challenging courses categories for different age groups.’
Having won the runner-up position at Best Indian Startup by CNBC Awaz’s Masterpreneur Show 2015, Pranavan and Priya are showcasing their idea at SURGE 2016. The premier startup networking event is Web Summit’s first conference in India and is currently being held in Bengaluru on February 23-24.
Inviting learners from schools, dividing them in age groups of 8-11 and 12-17 years, KIDOBOTIKZ helps them get a first-hand experience of latest technology and understand the basics along with giving them invent new course of ideas to think creatively and ‘improve problem solving skills.’ For this purpose, they design different programmes for both the age groups, take them for industrial visits, organise competitive events, provide DIY robotic kits, and also offer their robotics lab for experimentation.
‘Innovation’ is what they say they look for, and the smiles on the kids’ faces when they exclaim ‘look what I have done’ once they have created their own small robots.
The zeal behind KIDOBOTIKZ becomes obvious when you get to know that the team doesn’t deny being ‘a bit nerdy’ and ‘superheroes to clear your doubts in robotics.’ Team, did you hear us say? If you can call 21 employees working in different departments with a single idea in mind, yeah, they are a team, which has already enrolled approximately 150 students and more than 500 registrations, with as many as 6000 workshop customers!
Peaking into near future, KIDOBOTIKZ soon wants to be the ‘need of every child to help them become a researcher of tomorrow and not just a worker... to spark a child’s ingenuity, to reach their potential, to contemplate their meaning of life, to delve them into the world of robotics, to make life better with robots.’