The Washington Post’s RoPorter Competition featuring Makeblock

On May 18, in Washington, D.C., trailblazers in science, business, and technology explored breakthroughs in artificial intelligence, commercial space travel, robotics, education and health care at the TRANSFORMER event by the Washington Post.The one day summit came along with a robotics competition featuring Makeblock as the exclusive sponsor.  Makeblock contributed its Ultimate Robot Kit 2.0 as the platform to build robots upon for local high school students.

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CTO & CIO of the Washington Post Shailesh Prakash was making opening remarks for the competition.

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Students had one day to build new Makeblock robots that could gather information and help journalists challenge the boundaries of reporting stories.

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Students from 5 D.C. area high schools were teaming up and working on the robots with Makeblock Ultimate Robot Kit 2.0 mechanical parts and electronic modules as well as software.

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Jeff Bezos, CEO of CyPhy Works Helen Greiner and the world’s first cyborg Neil Harbisson judged the competition by robots’ abilities to gather information from a mock story environment.

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There was a live audience of 300 policymakers from Capitol Hill and the White House, business executives, tech entrepreneurs and members of the media.

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Bezos announced the winners.

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The winning team from Wilson High School was awarded with one Ultimate Robot Kit 1.0 and one Ultimate Robot Kit 2.0.

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See the robots in action —

  • Posted on May 19, 2016 - 7:47 pm
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