Queensland Academies congratulate Brilliant Futures student Ruben Bliss who is a member of a Pepper Accelerator team “Robosys”, in collaboration with QUT. Ruben, who attends Ascot State School, is the youngest and only primary school student in the Accelerator.
When Ruben and his team members first loaned the NAO “QT” from QUT’s Australian Centre for Robotic Vision from COO Sue Keay, after first seeing NAO “Franco” at Coder Dojo Brisbane Square, they never imagined they would be working so closely with the much larger Pepper robots so soon.
Ruben and the team (including his Dad, Simon) developed relationships with coders and roboticists that led them to engage with the Pepper humanoid social robot and the Robotics Accelerator.
There are 7 Pepper teams and 3 custom robotics teams.
The 10 teams will be given $15,000 progressively over the 12 week program to develop robotics applications to eventually demonstrate the product on a demonstration day in early October at The Precinct, TC Beirne Building in Fortitude Valley, home of ST Australia (SoftBank’s subsidiary in Australia) and the innovation hub created by the Queensland Government’s Advance Queensland initiative.
Both companies partnered with QUT bluebox and other sponsors to create the Robotics Accelerator.
Ruben and his Robosys team plan to support the Queensland State Archives with enhancing the digital experience of school children and other customers at the Archives through engagement with Pepper.
The Principal of the Queensland Academies Science, Mathematics and Technology Campus, Ms Kath Kayrooz and the Principal of the Queensland Academies Creative Industries Campus, Mr Gavin Bryce are both very proud of Ruben as a member of the Brisbane Brilliant Futures community – and wish Ruben every success.