Silas Adekunle is a robotic engineer who has mastered the building of machines that replicate human actions.
He creates these applications or autonomous machines (a.k.a. robots), especially for gaming.
In this listicle, we will list ten things you need to know about Silas Adekunle the first Nigerian robotic engineer. But first, it is pertinent to understand what robotic engineering is.
Robotics engineering is the field of engineering in which engineers design, test, create, update and maintain automated systems (robots) to help humans perform actions they are not able to do or tasks they don't want to do, facilitating their work.
Those who work for robot manufacturers are also called automation system engineers or robotics test engineers.
Robotics engineering combines multiple fields of study, such as computer science and electrical engineering, to build robots that assist in increasing productivity and contribute to the growth of many industries, but this requires qualified engineers to build and maintain them.
Below are 10 things to know about Silas Adekunle
1. Silas Adekunle is a 31 years young passionate robotics technology entrepreneur and inventor, born in Lagos, Nigeria, and moved to the UK when he was 12.
2. He earned a first-class degree in robotics and an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Technology from the University of the West of England, Bristol.
3. At UWE Bristol, he graduated with First Class Honors (BSc) in Robotics Technology and has an Honorary Doctor of Technology.
4. He is known for creating the world's first intelligent gaming robot. He emerged among the world's most revolutionary entrepreneurs for the 2019 One Young World award.
5. He is currently the co-founder and CEO of R.I. which is developing a quick and secure device and data platform for industrial automation and IoT.
6. He was previously co-founder and CEO of Reach Robotics In 2013, which created MekaMon, an entertainment and education platform that combined Robotics, AR, and gaming.
7. Adekunle's Invention MekaMon was launched with Apple and the company generated millions in revenue and raised millions in venture capital. He received $12 million from investors, including London Venture Partners, allowing the UK-based company to expand to 65+ full-time employees at its peak.
8. He is also co-founder and CEO of Awarri, a company focused on enabling robotics and AI in Africa, starting with education.
9. Adekunle was also a team leader of the Robotics In Schools programme, a programme that encourages and pays attention to students in Science, Technology.
10. Adekunle was named to the Financial Times' list of the 'Top 100 minority ethnic leaders in technology. In the same year, he was selected for the Forbes 30 Under 30 Europe 2018: Technology list.