Graduates of Bialystok University of Technology, the constructors of the Photon educational robot, presented their invention before the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

Prince William and Princess Catherine arrived in Poland on 17 July. They met young engineers related to our University during a meeting with entrepreneurs and start-up business owners in Warsaw.

The invitation to this event was a great distinction in itself as the meeting was attended by only a few best start-ups from Poland. In June, Photon Entertainment, the firm established by the creators of the robot, Marcin Joka, Michal Bogucki, Krzysztof Dziemianczuk, Michal Grzes and Maciej Kopczynski, was awarded the AULERY 2017 prize for the best Polish start-up with a global potential.

The Photon social network profile entry reads: ‘Thank you, British Embassy Warsaw. It was a great pleasure and honour for us to take part in this meeting. We can still feel the emotions of that day!

Photon is a small robot equipped with sensors, teaching programming and logical thinking to children, using a mobile application. The robot is integrated with a Smartphone or tablet. While solving tasks, children get points that can later unblock new features of the robot and improve the old ones. In doing so, Photon develops together with the child. The robot’s inventors are very successful: in 2015, they won the finals of the Imagine Cup Poland competition in the category of World Citizenship; in the same year, they were awarded the Grand Prix silver medal at the Brussels Innova fair for an innovative technological invention, and additionally a special prize – the Thailand Award for Best International Invention. In 2016, they became laureates of the Podlachian Consumers’ Make and they were also much successful with their Kickstarter campaign – in only 5 weeks they collected nearly 53000 USD for constructing educational robots they invented.

In 2017, the President of Poland, Andrzej Duda, liked Photon so much that the robot had a ‘passport’ issued so it could participate (together with its inventors) in the economic mission to Israel. Photon was also presented to Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany, and Beata Szydlo, Prime Minister of Poland, and together with the two Heads of Government it took part in the opening of the Polish stand at the biggest industrial fair in the world, Hannover Messe 2017.

More information at https://www.facebook.com/photonrobot/. The photographs were taken from the Photon profile

 

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