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BBC – Can robotics change the future of a nation?

23 Jul

“I want to go deeper into machines – automatic machines. I was inspired by him when he came to school – so I had to find ways of getting in touch with him.”

Victor Kawagga is a softly spoken young man, but his quiet manner can’t counter the eager sparkle in his eyes and the passion he has for the machines he’s surrounded by.

The bedroom of this house in the Ugandan capital Kampala has been converted to a home lab, and the young people hard at work here are building robots.

The ‘him’ he is referring to is Solomon King, the 29-year-old technologist and businessman who takes robotics into the classrooms of Uganda as the founder of Fundi Bots.

“He stalked me,” laughs Mr King, bending his head slightly to fit his lanky frame into the doorway.

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