A mini robot created by a University of Edinburgh start-up to inspire budding engineers and scientists has won a £24,500 'Design & Creativity' Award at the Converge Challenge 2016.
Dr Alexander Enoch developed Marty, a fully programmable, WiFi-enabled walking robot, as a side project during his PhD studies in robotics at the University’s School of Informatics.
Marty was designed to make learning about programming, electronics and mechanical engineering a fun and engaging process for children, makers and educators.
It can be customised and upgraded with 3D printed parts, and is compatible with single board computers, including Raspberry Pi.
The 'Design & Creativity' Award was introduced for the Converge Challenge 2016 to celebrate Scotland’s Year of Innovation, Architecture & Design.
The fantastic prize, valued at £24,500, won by Dr Enoch includes £10,000 in cash and £14,000 worth of business support for Robotical Ltd.
This award shows tremendous progress for Dr Enoch who was a finalist in the Kickstart category at last year's Converge Challenge and has been supported in launching and developing his business through LAUNCH.ed, Edinburgh Research & Innovation's student enterprise support programme at the University.
Dr Alexander Enoch, Robotical Ltd, said;
"Winning the Design & Creativity Award means a lot! Marty the Robot is designed to help people get hands on with programming and robotics, but that all starts with an appealing design that people actually want to engage with. We're also hoping to spur creativity too, as it's such an important skill to foster. I'm really grateful to the University for all the support I've had whilst starting up Robotical, from the early meetings with Launch.ed, to hosting me during my Enterprise Fellowship."
The Converge Challenge is a company creation competition and entrepreneurship development programme aimed at staff, students and recent graduates of Scottish universities and research institutes.
The contest aims to support the next generation of entrepreneurs in Scotland by providing practical commercial skills to help bring novel products and services to market.